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

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

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“You either love Andrea Camilleri or you haven’t read him yet. Each novel in this wholly addictive, entirely magical series, set in Sicily and starring a detective unlike any other in crime fiction, blasts the brain like a shot of pure oxygen. Aglow with local color, packed with flint-dry wit, as fresh and clean as Mediterranean seafood — altogether transporting. Long live Camilleri, and long live Montalbano.” A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143112037
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/24/2007
Series: Inspector Montalbano Series , #8
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 200,717
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Camilleri is as crafty and charming a writer as his protagonist is an investigator. (The Washington Post)

Montalbano is a delightful creation. (USA Today)

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Patience of the Spider (Inspector Montalbano Series #8) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
cathyskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Line: He jolted awake, sweaty and short of breath.Still recuperating from the events which occurred in Rounding the Mark, Salvo Montalbano is called back to work when a young woman is kidnapped. The investigation has the added bonus of giving him something to think about other than his own mortality. Unable to let his colleagues handle the case themselves, Montalbano finds himself focusing on very subtle clues, such as the direction in which the kidnapped woman's motorbike is pointed, and it doesn't take him long to believe that this case has more to do with extortion than it does kidnapping.Although I love this series and enjoyed the book, it is a weaker entry in the series. The plot machinations leading up to the identity of the kidnapper were rather transparent, and there was a bit too much of Montalbano's solo ponderings and not enough of his excellent (and hilarious) team. There was also a bit too much of Livia in this one. I don't appreciate Livia as much as others might; it seems she flies into town just to argue with Montalbano, and I've never been a fan of prima donnas and fighting.Be that as it may, this is still one of my favorite mystery series, and I can't wait to read Montalbano's next adventure!
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Following Rounding the Mark as the eighth novel in this series, Inspector Salvo Montalbano is on leave, recuperating from events at the end of the previous story. Livia is there with him at the house in Marinella, but sadly that means that Adelina is not there to cook for him. Instead, he's been put on a low-calorie diet, and his life right at the moment is like his food -- rather bland and circumscribed. But when a young girl, Susanna Mistretta, is kidnapped, Montalbano is temporarily recalled to duty to solve the case. But as it turns out, it won't be Montalbano's case at all. His job is to investigate and report to Inspector Filippo (Fifi) Minutolo, a colleague who's an expert in this area, ostensibly because he's a Calabrian from Messina who, according to Bonetti-Alderighi, "should know a lot about kidnappings." He is to be the "Dora, the Riparia, or the Baltea" to Minutolo's Po.Absolutely no one can understand exactly why anyone would choose to kidnap Susanna Mistretta -- her family is broke, her mother is gravely ill, and neither she nor her father is someone really important. The police will just have to wait, but Montalbano, of course, cannot just sit tight waiting for the kidnapper's demands to surface. Furthermore, the entire town, it seems, is getting involved. And this time Montalbano doesn't just have his annoying boss breathing down his neck -- surprisingly, Livia is constantly on him about the case. He didn't tell her soon enough. He's a hypocrite. He's not doing enough. To be perfectly honest, I figured this out so early in the story that I really didn't feel like finishing the book. But I stuck with it, not just to prove myself right, but because the mysteries and their solutions are not the only reasons I read these novels. There are the delightful characters, of course, but also, not one sensory experience is left out of Camilleri's descriptions of Sicily, not even smell -- Montalbano is able to experience smells as colors in a condition known as synesthesia. I get this sense that Camilleri isn't always delighted with "progress" -- he successfully juxtaposes the beauty of the mountains, sand and sea with the ugliness of a man-made environment that impedes on the natural surroundings. Add to that Camilleri's commentary (via his characters and his plots) on the corrupt dealings of Italy's power brokers and you begin to understand why Camilleri writes what and how he does. Not unlike many other writers in the realm of translated crime fiction, he's got a set of truths (as he sees them) to get across to his readers. But in the end, it's Montalbano's sense of justice and his keen observations of human nature that round out this story, so that guessing the solution early on isn't so bad. It's also funny to watch Salvo sneaking away for decent food...these were some of the funnier moments of this book.I'm not going to say that I loved this book, because I didn't, but it was okay. And although perhaps not the best in the bunch, The Patience of the Spider is still good reading, and my hat is tipped high in the air to Stephen Sartarelli, who brings the story to his English readers so perfectly!
tututhefirst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this latest of the ongoing adventures of Salvo Montalbano and his sidekicks Fazzio, Mimmi, and Catarello, we are introduced to the Italian concept of kidnap/ransom where everyone expects the victim to be ransomed, the police want to help facilitate the exchange of ransom money for the victim, and even the priest says that if the family can't afford the ransom, then the godfather of the victim must pay. There's none of the American expectation that the bad guys should be caught and punished. Everyone knows the mafia rules and everything will be fine as long as the money is paid. In this case, however, the crooks appear to have kidnapped the daughter of a penniless and broken old man, and it is up to Montalbano to identify the true motivation for the kidnapping. Classic Montalbano. If you're a fan of this series, you'll enjoy it. If you've never read any, I'd suggest starting a little earlier in the series (this is #8). They're always good for a short satisfying escape from reality.
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
8th in the Inspector Montalbano series.Montalbano is still recovering from the serious gunshot wound he received in the previous case, recounted in Rounding the Mark. The brush with death has thrown Montalbano into a period of reflection on his mortality that even Livia¿s presence can¿t alleviate. But all this ends when a report comes in of a missing young woman, presumably kidnapped. However, there are oddities about the situation that leave Montalbano not entirely convinced that what appears to be happening is indeed the case.While this novel exhibits all of Camilleri¿s considerable gifts as a writer in the genre, the plot itself is a little sluggish. There really isn¿t that much tension in the book, and we are taken along in the story more on the strength of the now-familiar stable of regular characters and the typical atmosphere of Vigáta itself. Montalbano¿s mid-life crisis may be realistic but does not add much to the story itself.In addition, the plot, unusually for Camilleri, is pretty predictable and the outcome only mildly interesting¿certainly not dramatic.Still an very good read if only as the latest in a superb series, The Patience of the Spider does not live up to the high standard set by the previous books. If a Montalbano fan, prepare to be just a tad let down.
gooutsideandplay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun read -- although this Montalbano doesn't feature much from his police colleagues -- the sub-chief Mimi is almost absent, for example. A few vignettes with the irrepressable and fumbling Cat the sargent/receptionist are there, but not enough for my taste. Mostly Montalbano stuggling to make sense of a mysterious kidnapping on his own while recovering from a gun shot received during an earlier investigation. I'm getting tired of Livia the shrewish fiancee -- when will Montalbano ditch her? Or does their long distance romance suit our inspector's aversion to permanent and stable intimate relationships? I do have to say I figured out the culprit about 2/3 of the way through, although still enjoyed this one to the end and looking forward to reading more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago