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The Patience of the Spider (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries) (original 2004; edition 2007)

by Andrea Camilleri, Stephen Sartarelli (Translator)

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Title:The Patience of the Spider (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
Authors:Andrea Camilleri
Other authors:Stephen Sartarelli (Translator)
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2007), Edition: First Printing, Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Your library, Audio books, Read but unowned
Tags:mystery, Sicily

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The Patience of the Spider by Andrea Camilleri (2004)

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A good story but rather light on the mystery side of things. The focus is more on Montalbano's inner turmoil as he comes to terms with a number of things: his age, his relationship with Livia, his work. Montalbano is more melancholy in this installment and the mystery plot is thinner than in the previous books. I was able to figure out the whos and most of the whys before the reveal occurred, which I usually cannot do. While there are some comic moments, this one felt more transitional, making me wonder what is to come in the later installments. ( )
  lkernagh | Dec 17, 2014 |
I love this series, but everyone was just a little too stupid this time around. ( )
  ffortsa | Oct 14, 2013 |
As a mystery, not much of a puzzle. As a depiction of Sicilian and Italian society, both insightful and entertaining. The translator's rendition of some characters' speech patterns, apparently meant to reflect dialect, did strike me as wrongheaded and rubbed me the wrong way. ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2013 |
Just as a spider carefully spins it's web Salvo Montalbano watches and waits as the investigation unfolds on the investigation of a disappearance of a beautiful young girl who has apparently been kidnapped. He has been sidelined because of a bullet wound that occured in the line of duty but he is helping when he can. As always they under estimated the devious way in which Montalbano's mind works and thus they miss what Montalbano sees. They never learn, alas! ( )
  Condorena | Apr 2, 2013 |
Enjoyed this. The Montalbano mysteries are becoming comfortable little reads, but as ever, I feel less invested in the mystery of the murders and more interested in the characters. Montalbano is infinitely entertaining. ( )
  h_d | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Pages, Maria Antonia MeniniTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The latest mystery in Andrea Camilleri?s internationally bestselling Inspector Montalbano series

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.

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Still recovering from his gunshot wound, Inspector Montalbano is feeling the weight of his years, and of his solitude. He's getting softer, more introspective, and critical of his life choices. But if withdrawing from society has become natural of late, he'll soon be forced to interact with others, compelled to intervene as a web of hatred and secrets threatens to squeeze its victims to death. This is Montalbano's most unusual and challenging case yet - and the one that will either change him or break him.… (more)

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