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A collection of eight ingenious short stories following Inspector Montalbano’s investigations into Sicily’s murky underworld, all served with Camilleri’s trademark wit, and Montalbano’s typical appetite.
Featuring stories adapted for BBC4’s Inspector Montalbano, this is the perfect place to start reading Sicily’s favourite crime author.
From the title story, Death at Sea, in which the alleged manslaughter of an engineer upon a fishing trawler leads Inspector Montalbano to uncover an even more sinister crime, Andrea Camilleri takes his readers through eight cunning cases from the Vigàtan police files. Starting with an arson attack on a hotel which leaves the distraught owner as the chief suspect; to the mysterious case of a woman who goes missing in an underpass with a million lire in her handbag; to a threat on Montalbano’s own life, as an anonymous motorcyclist takes a shot at the detective.
Set in 1980s Vig ta, Sicily, the eight stories in this delightful collection from CWA International Dagger Award winner Camilleri (The Pyramid of Mud), show a young Salvo Montalbano encountering tricky situations and crimes that can't always be solved by traditional police work. The cast is familiar, even though Camilleri has not yet rounded the interplay of his main characters into a mature form. Livia is already Salvo's lover; Insp. Mimi Augello and Detective Fazio are already his able assistants; and office aide Catarella is butchering the language as usual. Highlights include "Room Number 2," in which Salvo solves an arson case, and "Double Investigation," in which he has a seminal confrontation with Augello. Salvo's cleverness derails a complex drug operation in "Death at Sea." Pamela, an unlikely but sexually voracious barmaid, disappears in "The Stolen Message," and Salvo figures out the surprising reason why. This is a must for Montalbano fans and anyone else who values superb plotting.