The Patience of the Spider (Inspector Montalbano Series #8)

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The latest mystery in Andrea Camilleri's internationally bestselling Inspector Montalbano series

Winning fans in Europe and America for their dark sophistication and dry humor, Andrea Camilleri's crime novels are classics of the genre. Set once again in Sicily, The Patience of the Spider pits Inspector Montalbano against his greatest foe yet: the weight of his own years. Still recovering from the gunshot wound he suffered in Rounding the Mark, he must overcome self-imposed ...

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Overview

The latest mystery in Andrea Camilleri's internationally bestselling Inspector Montalbano series

Winning fans in Europe and America for their dark sophistication and dry humor, Andrea Camilleri's crime novels are classics of the genre. Set once again in Sicily, The Patience of the Spider pits Inspector Montalbano against his greatest foe yet: the weight of his own years. Still recovering from the gunshot wound he suffered in Rounding the Mark, he must overcome self-imposed seclusion and waxing self-doubt to penetrate a web of hatred and secrets in pursuit of the strangest culprit he's ever hunted. A mystery unlike any other, this emotionally taut story brings the Montalbano saga to a captivating crossroads.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
Camilleri is as crafty and charming a writer as his protagonist is an investigator.
USA Today
Montalbano is a delightful creation.
Publishers Weekly

Camilleri's agreeable eighth contemporary police procedural featuring the crotchety but insightful Inspector Montalbano finds the Italian detective at home in Marinella enjoying the ministrations of his wife, Livia, after he was shot by a child trafficker in 2006's Rounding the Mark. But his recuperation is hampered by the demands of a new case: the abduction of Susanna Mistretta, an attractive university student and daughter of a geologist. Unable to trust his colleagues to handle the case properly, Montalbano focuses on subtle anomalies—such as the direction the missing girl's motorbike was pointed—that suggest the kidnapping is more than the simple extortion attempt it appears to be. The witty writing and acerbic protagonist should appeal to fans of Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse. (May)

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Kirkus Reviews
Inspector Montalbano uncovers the truth surrounding a high-profile kidnapping. Imminent retirement and a brush with death after a suspect shoots him give a nostalgic tinge to the curmudgeonly ruminations of Sicilian Inspector Salvo Montalbano (The Smell of the Night, 2005, etc.). It doesn't help that Montalbano also suffered a cardiac "incident" a few weeks earlier, an incident concerned officer Fazio has indiscreetly mentioned to the doctor. Montalbano's first case upon his release from the hospital is the kidnapping of college student Susanna Mistretta. He finds many inconsistencies in the crime scene, but is ignored by his higher-ups and the rabid press, who turn the case into a cause celebre. Nevertheless, he methodically sniffs around Susanna's boyfriend Francesco, her father Salvatore and others. Bittersweet comic relief comes from Montalbano's ongoing spats with his volatile mistress Livia, who seems to grow in stature as the Inspector's mortality looms. The real target of the ransom demands is not Susanna's father, a noted geologist, but her uncle Antonio Peruzzo, a politician currently embroiled in one of those minor scandals as common in Italy as abduction for money. An unusual videotape released by the kidnappers deepens Montalbano's suspicions and leaves it to him to confront the perpetrators. Camilleri's character study deepens with every installment; his ironic eye is as sharp as ever.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143112037
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/24/2007
  • Series: Inspector Montalbano Series , #8
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 234,771
  • Product dimensions: 5.21 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

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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