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The Wings of the Sphinx (Inspector…

The Wings of the Sphinx (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries) (original 2006; edition 2009)

by Andrea Camilleri, Stephen Sartarelli (Translator)

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Title:The Wings of the Sphinx (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
Authors:Andrea Camilleri
Other authors:Stephen Sartarelli (Translator)
Info:Penguin Books (2009), Edition: 1, Paperback, 231 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:Italy, Crime, Darebin, 2012

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The Wings of the Sphinx by Andrea Camilleri (2006)



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I read this one twice, because it wasn't marked in my library, and liked it each time. ( )
  ffortsa | Nov 6, 2016 |
Though this entry in the Inspector Montalbano series felt shorter than typical, the mystery didn't suffer at all. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jul 29, 2016 |
This is my first Inspector Montalbano book (even though it's book 11 in the series) but it won't be my last. I really enjoyed the backdrop of Sicily and its people and culture. I particularly appreciated that the Mafia background was present, but was not the defining element of the story. That made the storyline more interesting. Plus, Montalbano is such an interesting character. I really enjoyed this book. ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
2009, Blackstone Audiobooks, Read by Grover Gardner

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Things are not going well for Inspector Salvo Montalbano. His relationship with Livia is once again on the rocks and – acutely aware of his age – he is beginning to grow weary of the endless violence he encounters. Then a young woman is found dead, her face half shot off and only a tattoo of a sphinx moth giving any hint of her identity. The tattoo links her to three similarly marked girls-all victims of the underworld sex trade-who have been rescued from the Mafia night-club circuit by a prominent Catholic charity. The problem is, Montalbano's inquiries elicit an outcry from the Church and the three other girls are all missing.

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More food, love, and murder Sicilian style! As well as a solid story line, I enjoyed the inspector’s occasional internal dialogue (or is it really monologue?) between Montalbano1 and Montalbano2 – I can relate! I can further relate to this wonderful rant by the inspector on government’s complete incompetence. Catarelli, of course, continues to charm, “poysonally in poyson.”

“The inspector cursed the saints. The police stations had no gasoline, the courts had no paper, the hospitals had no thermometers, and meanwhile, the government was thinking about building a bridge over the strait of Messina. But there was always plenty of gasoline for the useless escorts of ministers, vice-ministers, undersecretaries, committee chairmen, senators, chamber deputies, regional deputies, cabinet chiefs, and under-assistant briefcase carriers.” ( )
4 vote lit_chick | Mar 13, 2016 |
Just goes to show that policework is little changed regardless of country. And SOME policemen are too creative by half! This is a good thing!
Inspector Montalbano works for a jurisdiction in Sicily and knows how to sidestep both his superior and nearby jurisdictions. He also knows how to script and act (with the able assist of his fellows) to get to the bottom of things. And those fellows! Each is useful in his own way, including the one who is comic relief by way of indecipherable handwriting and total mangling of names.
The initial crime is murder, but there are many more woven into this tale. Like Colombo, all is solved in the end, except, perhaps, in his personal life. The laughs are low key, but still make for laugh-out-loud moments. The publisher's summary will give an overview without spoilers. I plan to begin with #1 and devour this whole series!
Many thanks to Stephen Sartarelli for making this book and series available to English speakers!
I like the the way Grover Gardner interprets the characters. Italian speakers may not approve of a Brooklyn accent for one of the police, but it provides North Americans with added fun. ( )
  jetangen4571 | Aug 27, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Andrea Camilleriprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dillo, LiesbethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ζερβού, ΚατερίναTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kahn, MosheTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menini, María AntoniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quadruppani, SergeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sartarelli, StephenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vidal, PauTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Woźniak, MonikaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Chief Insp. Salvo Montalbano finds himself in the midst of a serious crisis with his significant other, Livia. He is uncertain what he can and should do to repair the rift that has developed between them. Meanwhile, the inspector must tackle a difficult case—the gunshot murder of an attractive young woman whose nude body was left in a dump. As Montalbano and his team first attempt to identify the victim based on a butterfly tattoo on her left shoulder, they learn of a possible link to an influential Catholic charity. Soon they start to feel political pressure to steer the inquiry in a different direction.
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Becoming increasingly disillusioned with his violent career and his on-again, off-again relationship with Livia, Inspector Salvo Montalbano investigates the shooting death of a young woman whose tattoo links her to the underworld sex trade.

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