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Blade of Light by Andrea Camilleri
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Blade of Light (2012)

by Andrea Camilleri

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Series: Commissario Montalbano (19)

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Camilleri is a wonderful storyteller. Montalbano is an engaging character. His mind is active and continually turning all the events in his mind until he puts the mystery to a final and satisfying conclusion. The stories are always infused with a humanity, which I so appreciate. ( )
  mstruck | Jan 29, 2016 |
What can I say about the latest Inspector Montalbano mystery to be translated into English, except that it's as delightful as the whole series, if ultimately a little darker. Montalbano has a new lover, who he's obsessed with (and vice versa), but what to do about Livia? And there are several interwoven puzzles for him to figure out, including two arms dealers who may be the Tunisians who live on a farm (and their accomplice who is, at the end, tragically revealed), a young man shot and burned in his car who is the former boyfriend of a lovely young woman married to an older man, the disappearance of a large sum of money, the role of the best friend of the lovely young woman, art schemes, and of course the Mafia. As usual, food and the Sicilian landscape and culture play starring roles. There are several more Montalbanos that have yet to be translated, and I eagerly await them.
  rebeccanyc | Nov 5, 2015 |
As enjoyable as all of the books in this series, A Beam of Light, is a good read, that leaves you scouring cookbooks to find recipes for those meals Montalbano has. A potential new interest and two cases that end up running parallel keep the Inspector and his associates busy. ( )
  librarian1204 | Oct 5, 2015 |
In A Beam of Light, by Andrea Camilleri, Chief Inspector Montalbano is once again beset by romantic problems: his long-time lover Livia seems to be undergoing some sort of existential crisis, while he himself has fallen headlong in love with a new woman, an art gallery owner named Marian. In the meantime, there are some nefarious goings-on in a broken-down shed on a farm, a young woman has been robbed and raped while on her way home from visiting a friend, and a number of bodies start turning up, all of which serve to distract Montalbano from his contemplation of the meaning of true love.... While I continue to enjoy Camilleri's wonderful creation Montalbano, I've complained before of the fixation that his character increasingly has with young, beautiful women who always seem to be eager to bed the aging, grumpy Chief Inspector; I am simply tired of this fantasy of older men showing up in novel after novel in this series. However, the resolution of the story in this entry gives me hope that this problem will be settled in the not-too-distant future. Meanwhile, the actual crimes and causes of them are as always well-described and effectively handled, so I'm pretty happy with this addition to the long-running series; recommended! ( )
  thefirstalicat | Sep 16, 2015 |
How to tell Livia that Montalbano does not love her anymore? How could he in the first place? Livia can only complain, argue, add acid to the sour life of a policeman. Livia is far away, and she is not a distant image of a past dream, but the bleak flavor of a failed family. Fanculo Livia, the world is full of beautiful, independent, strong, sweet, funny women ready to be loved by Salvo Montalbano. ( )
  Peppuzzo | May 25, 2013 |
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A Lampedusa sono sbarcati migliaia di tunisini e il ministro degli Interni che ha deciso di fare una ispezione nellisola ha fatto sapere che fara tappa a Vigata. Per questo Montalbano, che si vuole tenere il pi lontano possibile, se ne va a visitare una mostra di pittura - Donghi, Morandi, Guttuso e Mafai - nella nuova galleria darte di Vigata di proprieta di Maria Angela, Marian per gli amici. Scatta una immediata attrazione tra Marian e il commissario, e la cosa sembra davvero mettere in discussione il legame con Livia. Negli stessi giorni Salvatore Di Marta, proprietario di un supermercato, denunzia la rapina subita dalla moglie Loredana, sorpresa con una grossa somma che stava per versare a un bancomat. Loredana e stata anche violentata e quando qualche giorno dopo si scopre che lantico fidanzato Carmelo Savastano e stato assassinato, e facile attribuire il furto a lui e lomicidio a Di Marta. Ma troppe cose non tornano e Montalbano non e tipo da accontentarsi di facili spiegazioni, tanto pi che il controllo dei telefoni di Loredana e della sua intima amica Valeria fa sorgere pi di un dubbio. Camilleri ci ha abituato nei suoi gialli allintrecciarsi di due storie che scorrono parallele per gran parte della narrazione e che si disgiungono per poi tornare ad avvitarsi. In questo romanzo le vicende che si combinano tra loro sono tre: il commercio di quadri nei quali e impegnata Marian, il traffico darmi dei tunisini mentre nella loro patria e in corso la lotta di liberazione, la rapina subita da Loredana e lomicidio che ne e seguito: quale sara la direzione giusta per risolvere ogni cosa? Ma non e la sola sorpresa che Una lama di luce riserva. Ritroveremo, infatti, un personaggio dei primi romanzi, e non sara una presenza di poco conto.… (more)

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