The Track of Sand (Inspector Montalbano Series #12)

The Track of Sand (Inspector Montalbano Series #12)


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The Track of Sand (Inspector Montalbano Series #12) by Andrea Camilleri

“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

Inspector Salvatore Montalbano wakes from strange dreams to find a gruesomely bludgeoned horse carcass in front of his seaside home. When his men came to investigate, the carcass has disappeared, leaving only a trail in the sand. Then his home is ransacked and the inspector is certain that the crimes are linked. As he negotiates both the glittering underworld of horseracing and the Mafia's connection to it, Montalbano is aided by his illiterate housekeeper, Adelina, and a Proustian memory of linguate fritte. Longtime fans and new readers alike will be charmed by Montalbano's blend of unorthodox methods, melancholy self-reflection, and love of good food.

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ISBN-13: 9780143117933
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/26/2010
Series: Inspector Montalbano Series , #12
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 227,007
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Andrea Camilleri is the bestselling author of the popular Inspector Montalbano Mystery series, as well as a number of historical novels that take place in Sicily. He lives in Italy.

Stephen Sartarelli is an award-winning translator and poet who lives in France.

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"This series is distinguished by Camilleri's remarkable feel for tragicomedy, expertly mixing light and dark in the course of producing novels that are both comforting and disturbing."

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Track of Sand (Inspector Montalbano Series #12) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Rockford07 More than 1 year ago
The premise of the novel is interesting and Inspector Montebalno is a study in various moods of elation and depression. However, I find the translation to be stilted and therefore, to me, annoying. I cringe every time I read that one of the characters "fired up a cigarette." Most upsetting to me was the scolding the author gives the U.S. for embroiling us in the Iraq war. While there may be some truth in his comments: 1. I take offense at inserting them into this novel where they serve no purpose 2. Being chastised by a citizen of a country that until recently has had a pedophile who likes underage prostitutes, who is an egomaniac, who led the country into near bankruptcy and who may be returned to power, seems very hypocritical. 3. The author forgets that the U.S. rescued Italy from the grips of a fascist dictator by becoming embroiled in WW II. I will not be buying anymore of his books. I trust this will not be passed on to your readers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read a handful from this series( beginning with one for my itakian history class) and have enjoyed everyone. Suspenseful, funny, thought provoking and easy to read. I highly recommend these books.
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CTNookman More than 1 year ago
The Inspector Montalbano series is set in Sicily and the lead character, Inspector Salvo Montalbano, is a hoot. He deals as best he can with the inherent corruption and craziness of his personal and professional lives and always has the best interests of justice and decent people at his core. 'The Track of Sand' isn't my favorite in the series but it has enough going for it that I can highly recommend it, including a hysterical scene between Montalbano and a public prosecutor where a theoretical discussion reminds one of Abbott and Costello's 'How's on First?' routine. Twelfth in the series - I anxiously await #13.