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A Beam of Light by Andrea Camilleri

A Beam of Light (2012)

by Andrea Camilleri

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Series: Commissario Montalbano (19)

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When Inspector Montalbano falls under the charms of beautiful gallery owner Marian, his longtime relationship with Livia comes under threat. Meanwhile, he is also troubled by a strange dream as three crimes demand his attention: the robbery and assault of a wealthy merchant's young wife, stolen works of art, and a search for arms traffickers that leads him deep into the countryside, where the investigation takes a tragic turn.

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As Blade of Light opens, our Sicilian detective is having the strangest dream – one of those which makes absolutely no sense in the moment – but which begins manifesting itself in reality shortly thereafter. I was surprised to feel saddened when Montalbano’s relationship with Livia comes under threat – in spite of their differences and their drama, I had hoped for better for both characters. I like that Camilleri has introduced three crimes here: as the story unfolds, the crimes are not so unrelated as they initially appear to be. And Camilleri writes a great scene in which Montalbano breaks out in a cold sweat as a particular piece of the puzzle clicks into place. I loved the conclusion of Blade of Light which, among other things, finds Montalbano taking a ten-day leave.

Taking a break from this series now until Camilleri’s latest installment, A Voice in the Night, becomes available on audiobook in Canada. ( )
3 vote lit_chick | Nov 18, 2016 |
This is a stupid book given to me when I was in the hospital by my brother. It is not a bad mystery but the writer, who I think has a pen name, is one of the best known mystery writers of Italy. Unfortunately, there are some missing parts. Like inspector Montalbano seems to know everything with absolutely no idea as to how he got there. Also, the mystery went from a novel about Sicily and the life there to a horrific police story with no segue and no warning. The novels title means that the killer saw a light emitted by the police inspector when he was hiding in the farm where the bodies are found. This is a dumb mystery and it is no wonder that the Scandies and the Americans are better at this. ( )
  annbury | Jul 17, 2016 |
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 |
Blade of Light – Another Montalbano Winner

Once again the South Sicilian detective stars as the grumpy, food obsessed, administration dodging, crime fighter, and no one does it better in that area than Salvo Montalbano. Andrea Camilleri once again serves a wonderful plate of intrigue and crime, where nothing is as it seems, until Montalbano brings all the threads together at the end.

The book opens with Montalbano asleep and dreaming of a crime happening, in a field with a coffin in it, he feels it is a prophecy. This alone is going to set him off in to one of his moods that only good food and wine at Enzo’s will solve.

A woman is assaulted and the takings from her husband’s supermarket have been taken and she is too ashamed to report the matter to the police, but her husband does that for her. What follows is a murder, a cover up, a great actress, a strange affair and a nod to the island’s mafia. Each clue looking completely divorced from each other or so it seems.

At the same time a poor farmer reports that someone has put a lock on one of his outbuildings that has been abandoned long ago. When Montalbano and his team arrive the door and lock have gone but there a clues all around, and he decides he should pass this investigation over to the anti-terrorist branch, even though he will be running a parallel investigation.

All the characters are involved, Fazio is the over efficient younger detective that seems to be pre-empting Salvo which is beginning to annoy him, Mimi is still the lothario for once will be put to good use. As usual Montalbano’s love life is in turmoil, Livia is over in Genoa and is depressed over something, and he has found himself an art gallery owning lover. This lover infatuates Montalbano and takes over a lot of his thinking, but he does help her out with a matter in Milan.

As matters come to ahead, can Montalbano solve the crime of the mugging, and assault with the added death while sorting out his personal life. One thing that does happen is that at the end of the book Salvo takes ten days holiday as he closes one period of his life.

Blade of Light is yet another excellent book in the Inspector Montalbano series, which are such a pleasurable read and such a shame for it to end. Would I rather read the book or watch the DVD, read the book every time, as the book delivers so much more. ( )
  atticusfinch1048 | Nov 13, 2015 |
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 |
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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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