Excursion to Tindari (Inspector Montalbano Series #5)

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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). Now, 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...

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Overview

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). Now, 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.

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Sicilian Inspector Salvo Montalbano ponders a tricky question: What's the connection between a dead sexual athlete and an elderly neighboring couple? When Nene Sanfillipo is shot outside his Vigata home, the police question everybody in the adjoining apartments-everybody, that is, except Alfonso and Margherita Griffo, the retirees upstairs who've gone missing shortly after a bus tour to nearby Tindari. Further investigation reveals that Nene had a reputation among his neighbors as a sexual athlete and that the Griffos may never have returned from that bus trip. It can't be a coincidence, thinks Montalbano; there must be a link. Before he and his motley subordinates can connect the dots, however, he's summoned to a meeting with Don Balduccio Sinagra, head of a local crime family, that promises serious distraction. The don is convinced that his grandson Japichinu, gone into hiding and suffering from tuberculosis, would be better off in the hands of the caribinieri than on his own, at the mercy of any rising members of the New Mafia who might come across him. So Montalbano, without ever saying he'll do so, agrees to take Japichinu into custody. Readers familiar with his first four cases (The Voice of the Violin, 2003, etc.) will expect twists to follow, though they'll probably still be surprised in the end. From the leisurely opening movement to the final clatter of revelations, Camilleri presents Sicily with humor and without illusions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143034605
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Inspector Montalbano Series , #5
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 313,226
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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Andrea Camilleri's Montalbano mystery series, bestsellers in Italy and Germany, has been adapted for Italian television and translated into German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Japanese, Dutch, and Swedish. He lives in Rome.
Stephen Sartarelli lives in upstate New York.
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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Bravo Montalbano!

    Have read a number of novels in the Inspector Montalbano series and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. Montalbano himself is roguish, insightful, and philosophical. However, it's his understanding of the human condition that makes him an outstanding detective, as he often finds himself caught between the most beautiful and the ugliest aspects of life. Montalbano's functionality is rooted in his awareness of the nature of people and events in his locale. He is as much a part of the landscape as the tree he muses beneath and the sea he contemplates. Wonderfully idiosyncratic characters populate these books, as well as incomparable local color and lore. Told with wit and style, these mysteries are more than simply whodunits, but journeys into the human heart.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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