The Smell of the Night (Inspector Montalbano Series #6)

The Smell of the Night (Inspector Montalbano Series #6)

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by Andrea Camilleri
     
 

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The number of Inspector Montalbano fans will continue to grow with this ingenious new novel featuring the earthy and urbane Sicilian detective. Half the retirees in Vigáta have invested their savings with a financial wizard who has disappeared, along with their money. As Montalbano investigates this labyrinthine financial scam, he finds himself at a serious…  See more details below

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The number of Inspector Montalbano fans will continue to grow with this ingenious new novel featuring the earthy and urbane Sicilian detective. Half the retirees in Vigáta have invested their savings with a financial wizard who has disappeared, along with their money. As Montalbano investigates this labyrinthine financial scam, he finds himself at a serious disadvantage: a hostile superior has shut him out of the case, he’s on the outs with his lover Livia, and his cherished Sicily is turning so ruthless and vulgar that Montalbano wonders if any part of it is worth saving. Drenched with atmosphere, crackling with wit, The Smell of the Night is Camilleri at his most addictive.

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Publishers Weekly
An intricate plot and a large cast of memorable characters help lift the sixth Inspector Montalbano mystery from Camilleri (The Snack Thief, etc.). When a ragioniere (financier) disappears with millions of lire after defrauding many investors in a pyramid scheme, the middle-aged Sicilian detective uses both official and unofficial channels, as the mood takes him, to form, test and eventually prove his own theories. The fun is in the process, as Montalbano flouts the law on occasion, tweaks his superiors, badgers his associates and wheedles information from various sources. The endearing inspector is, by his own admission, both glutton and gourmand, and the meals prepared for him both at home and in restaurants are large, frequent and lavish. Sly humor, an eye for beauty, a disdain for clich s and fools plus a first-rate intelligence make him formidable both as a detective and as a companion. (Dec.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101007310
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/29/2005
Series:
Inspector Montalbano Series , #6
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
119,973
File size:
344 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page

 

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

 

Author’s Note

Notes

Praise for Andrea Camilleri and the Montalbano series

“The idiosyncratic Montalbano is totally endearing.”

The New York Times

 

“Like Mike Hammer or Sam Spade, Montalbano is the kind of guy who can’t stay out of trouble.... Still, deftly and lovingly translated by Stephen Sartarelli, Camilleri makes it abundantly clear that under the gruff, sardonic exterior our inspector has a heart of gold, and that any outbursts, fumbles or threats are made only in the name of pursuing truth.”

The Nation

 

“Once again, violence is muted, complications rule, politics roil, but humor ... prevail[s] in the end, Italy is good to visit, even if only in print. And what better way to shorten a flight to Palermo than by gobbling this tasty snack along the way?”

Los Angeles Times

 

“[Camilleri’s mysteries] offer quirky characters, crisp dialogue, bright storytelling—and Salvo Montalbano, one of the most engaging protagonists in detective fiction.... Montalbano is a delightful creation, an honest man on Sicily’s mean streets.”

USA Today

 

“The Montalbano mysteries offer cose dolci to the world-lit lover hankering for a whodunit.”

—The Village Voice

 

“The reading of these little gems is fast and fun every step of the way.”

The New York Sun

 

“Wittily translated from the savory Italian, Camilleri’s mysteries ... feature the sardonic Inspector Salvo Montalbano, whose gustatory adventures are at least as much fun as his crime solving.”

Rocky Mountain News

 

“Camilleri once again thrills with his fluid storytelling and quirky characters.”

-Publishers Weekly

A PENGUIN MYSTERY

THE SMELL OF THE NIGHT

Andrea Camilleri is the author of many books, including his Montalbano series, which has been adapted for Italian television and translated into nine languages. He lives in Rome.

 

Stephen Sartarelli is an award-winning translator. He is also the author of three books of poetry, most recently The Open Vault.

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First published in Penguin Books 2005

 

 

Translation copyright © Stephen Sartarelli, 2005 All rights reserved

 

Originally published in Italian as L’odore della notte by Sellerio editore.

© 2001 Sellerio editore via Siracusa 50 Palermo.

 

Publisher’s Note

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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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Smell of the Night (Inspector Montalbano Series #6) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great introduction to the series. Now I want to start at the beginning and read them all.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Light hearted, held my interest and very enjoyable. For me it was a cross between the writings of John Mortimer and Michael Connelly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano mysteries, and each one has been captivating. Montalbano is an intricately drawn, delightfully complex, and realistically flawed character. The Smell of the Night is not only a well crafted mystery, but the vivid descriptions bring Montalbano's Sicily to life. What a wonderfully inexpensive way to travel. I look forward to reading the next book.