Excursion to Tindari

Excursion to Tindari

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Camilleri's latest, A Nest of Vipers , is now available.

Following the long-running success he has enjoyed on bestseller lists in Europe, Inspector Salvo Montalbano is now winning over American readers and critics alike as "one of the most engaging protagonists in detective fiction" ( USA Today ). In Excursion to Tindari , Andrea Camilleri's savvy and darkly comic take on Sicilian life leads Montalbano into his most bone-chilling case yet.

In two seemingly unrelated crimes, a young Don Juan is found murdered and an elderly couple is reported missing after an excursion to the ancient site of Tindari. As Montalbano works to solve both cases, he stumbles onto Sicily's ghastly "new age" of brutal and anonymous criminality.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2005.
ISBN: 9780143034605
Branch Call Number: CAM
Characteristics: 295 p.
Additional Contributors: Sartarelli, Stephen 1954-- Translator

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captbligh
Apr 11, 2017

Weakest in series so far, but still well worth reading, Montalbano is getting more irascible. Crime seemed too big for a little Italian town.

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htliang
Jun 05, 2015

Andrea Camilleri is a talented author. His Inspector Montalbano character is portrayed so vividly, you believe him to be real. Montalbano's compassion, his integrity, the things that anger him, his delight in authentic fish dishes, his love of his country, and his love for Livia are all painted to perfection in words. I absolutely love Camilleri's humour. Here is a taste of it in Chapter 9 with a conversation between policeman, Mimi Augello, and Montalbano. Mimi is speaking first.

"Are you still in touch with that Swedish woman, what's her name, Ingrid?"
"I haven't seen her in a while. But she did call me last week. Why do you ask?"
"Can we trust her?"
Montalbano hated it when somebody answered a question with another question. He did it himself at times, but always with a specific purpose in mind. He played along.
"What do you think?"
"Don't you know her better than I do?"
"What do you need her for?"
"If I tell you, do you promise not to think I'm crazy?"
"Even if it's a really big deal?"
The inspector got bored with the game. Mimi hadn't even noticed how absurd the dialogue had become.

The above is just a gentle taste of his humour. There were so many - much more - hilarious episodes in this story, that I wish I could share more. Definitely recommend the entire series. They don't need to be read in order, but the characters develop so, if you can, try to start with the first, The Shape of Water.

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meyoubou
Jul 26, 2013

I think this is the best of the series so far. Great read. (I think it is best to read this series in order.)

Cdnbookworm Feb 11, 2013

This is the fifth book in the series featuring Inspector Salvo Montalbano out of Vigàta, Sicily. Montalbano struggles against corruption, government bureaucracy and the mafia. His team provides many interesting characters, as do the non-police members of his circle.
In this mystery, a young man is discovered murdered at his front door. Shortly thereafter another man asks the police for assistance regarding his missing parents, who resided at the same address as the murdered man. The police can`t see any other relation between the two, but can`t help but wonder. As the cases develop, Montalbano finds inspiration in both the sea outside his door, and a particular olive tree, and is led to a very disturbing discovery.
With an odd request from a local mafia lord, strange behaviour on the part of the missing couple, and worry over his team`s future, this novel continues to entertain.
Montalbano`s love of food is present again, with mouthwatering descriptions of local Italian dishes. These books immerse one in Sicily.

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c_anderson
Sep 23, 2010

Another fine mystery; dark and world-weary. Except when it comes to beautifully cooked fish.

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