The Wings of the Sphinx (Inspector Montalbano Series #11)

The Wings of the Sphinx (Inspector Montalbano Series #11)

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by Andrea Camilleri
     
 

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Food, love, and murder-Sicilian style-in the gripping eleventh installment of The New York Times bestselling Montalbano mystery series.

Things are not going well for Inspector Salvo Montalbano. His relationship with Livia is once again on the rocks and-acutely aware of his age-he is beginning to grow weary of the endless violence he encounters.

Overview

Food, love, and murder-Sicilian style-in the gripping eleventh installment of The New York Times bestselling Montalbano mystery series.

Things are not going well for Inspector Salvo Montalbano. His relationship with Livia is once again on the rocks and-acutely aware of his age-he is beginning to grow weary of the endless violence he encounters. Then a young woman is found dead, her face half shot off and only a tattoo of a sphinx moth giving any hint of her identity. The tattoo links her to three similarly marked girls-all victims of the underworld sex trade-who have been rescued from the Mafia night-club circuit by a prominent Catholic charity. The problem is, Montalbano's inquiries elicit an outcry from the Church and the three other girls are all missing.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Happily, Grover Gardner eschews even a hint of an Italian accent in narrating the 11th installment of this series celebrating the life, loves, and investigations of the charmingly eccentric Sicilian Insp. Salvo Montalbano. Nearly every word in this comfortable but not cozy novel identifies its geographical setting, particularly the details of its food, scenery, characters, and, yes, crimes. In the case of the latter, it's what looks like a faux kidnapping and a murder that has the outspoken detective investigating a Catholic charity supposed to be saving the souls and bodies of beautiful young women from the wicked ways of local Mafia night clubs. Along with his avoidance of stereotypes and unfortunate accents, Gardner does quite well by the characters, from the weary but unstoppable Montalbano to his backup crew of memorable cops and the angry, offended, officious, and, in rare instances, grateful people with whom he has to deal. With the exception of a desk cop who's a bit too thick to be believed, these are three-dimensional, human creations, and Gardner treats them as such. A Penguin paperback (Reviews, Nov. 16). (Jan.)
From the Publisher

"Sublime and darkly humorous . . . Camilleri balances his hero's personal and professional challenges perfectly and leaves the reader eager for more." -- starred, Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143116608
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/29/2009
Series:
Inspector Montalbano Series, #11
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
321,565
Product dimensions:
5.09(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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The Wings of the Sphinx (Inspector Montalbano Series #11) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started watching Montalbono on Fridays on MHz. Recently I found the author on my Nook and on audio cant wait to start reading this series hoping its as good as I see on Fridays.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago