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The Terracotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri
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The Terracotta Dog (1996)

by Andrea Camilleri

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Series: Commissario Montalbano (2)

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  1. 10
    Blood Rain by Michael Dibdin (browner56)
    browner56: Typical examples of two excellent Italian detective series (Camilleri's Salvo Montalbano and Dibdin's Aurelio Zen); both books are set in Sicily and have Mafia-related themes.
  2. 10
    The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: The first two titles in the Montalbano series, with many of the same characters appearing in both.
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Another great mystery from Camilleri featuring Commissario Montalbano who comes to an agreement with mafioso Tano the Greek. Their meeting precipitates a much bigger investigation than anyone could imagine. My only complaint about Camilleri's writing is that the profanities come across as even more crude than they are generally. I wonder if this is because of the translation or if his characters are just as vulgar in Italian. I'm inclined toward the fault lying with the translation. ( )
  VivienneR | Jan 9, 2017 |
I love the Montalbano books, probably even more than I love the TV series, possibly because of the books extra details about his eating habits. Whilst I enjoyed this one, I was a little disappointed, feeling it lost its way a few times in the intricacies of the plot. But it certainly won't put me off reading some more. ( )
  johnwbeha | Nov 17, 2016 |
I don't think this will stay with me for long but I certainly enjoyed it in process. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
2nd in the series. Salzu gets a tip-off that a notorious gangster wants a quite retirement, and will allow himself to be daringly arrested. However the mafia don't take this quietly and Salzu is injured in the following revenge attack. The gangsters last words to him are a final bit of malice against his former masters, but reveal an even deeper mystery to Salzu. He's discovered a cave with ancient bodies and a terracotta dog entombed within. Who were they when did they die?and Why? WHat's the significance of the dog?

As he recuperates with the attentions of his girlfriend, not quite mistress and female best friend, he spends his time interviewing anybody who'd have known the town at the time of the 2nd world war. This obviously is select group of older people with various quirks and personalities.

Not very sure where this was going, little in the way of crime or police work seems to happen, but it did expand a bit on Salzu's personality and set up the various people whom he's going to be interacting with in the next books (until they too get killed off or maybe just move away). ( )
1 vote reading_fox | Jul 26, 2016 |
3.5 Stars ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
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Aamusarastuksesta päätellen luvassa oli aivan ilmeisesti omituinen päivä, toisin sanoen välillä auringon porotusta, välillä jääkylmiä sadekuuroja ja mausteena vielä äkillisiä tuulenpuuskia.
To judge from the entrance the dawn was making, it promised to be a very iffy day-that is, blasts of angry sunlight one minute, fits of freezing rain the next, all of it seasoned with sudden gusts of wind-one of those days when someone who is sensitive to abrupt shifts in weather and suffers them in his blood and brain is likely to change opinion and direction continuously, like those sheets of tin, cut in the shape of banners and roosters, that spin every which way on rooftops with each new puff of wind.
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Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano has garnered millions of fans worldwide with his sardonic take on Sicilian life. Montalbano's latest case begins with a mysterious têtê à têtê with a Mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned loot from a supermarket heist, and dying words that lead him to an illegal arms cache in a mountain cave. There, the inspector finds two young lovers, dead for fifty years and still embracing, watched over by a life-sized terra-cotta dog. Montalbano's passion to solve this old crime takes him on a journey through Sicily's past and into one family's darkest secrets. With sly wit and a keen understanding of human nature, Montalbano is a detective whose earthiness, compassion, and imagination make him totally irresistable.

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Montalbano's latest case begins with a mysterious tete a tete with a Mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned loot from a supermarket heist, and dying words that lead him to an illegal arms cache in a mountain cave. There, the inspector finds two young lovers, dead for fifty years and still embracing, watched over by a life-sized terra-cotta dog. Montalbano's passion to solve this old crime takes him on a journey through Sicily's past and into one family's darkest secrets.… (more)

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