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The Potter's Field by Andrea Camilleri

The Potter's Field (original 2008; edition 2011)

by Andrea Camilleri, Stephen Sartarelli (Translator)

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Title:The Potter's Field
Authors:Andrea Camilleri
Other authors:Stephen Sartarelli (Translator)
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2011), Edition: Original, Paperback, 288 pages
Collections:Your library, Audio books, Read but unowned
Tags:sicily, Montalbano, mafia, MMM

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The Potter's Field by Andrea Camilleri (2008)



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I always look forward to a novel by Andrea Camilleri. His Mediterranean sense of lightness, of the quirky fun of a life lived well is very hard to find in literature.

This novel has everything I’d expect, being situated in the Crime Fiction Landscape. But then, being a Camilleri novel, everything is different. It starts with a cut-up body, moves on to a missing husband, and then comes the Mafia. Upon finishing it, I was left with a vision of the sun, sea, nasty crimes, beautiful women, and pasta with sea urchins, which is pretty much what I remember from all of his novels. But what’s important is not the plot. What really matters is what happens on the sidelines.

You can read the rest of this review on my blog. ( )
  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
While I continue to enjoy Montalbano, I was a little disturbed by the behaviour of his second-in-command Mimì Augello in this one. Hopefully, the tensions present in this entry of the series will be gone in the next one.

Grover Gardner (narrator) & Stephen Sartarelli (translator) continue to shine as well :) ( )
  leslie.98 | Sep 30, 2016 |
Only Camilleri could come up with such a convoluted murder plot and resolution.! The whole department is stressed, even in their personal lives, and doing the legwork on this one only adds to their woes. But Montalbano susses it all out and uses the solution to bring things back on track for the team. Another great read from the master!
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  jetangen4571 | Sep 6, 2016 |
2011, Blackstone Audiobooks, Read by Grover Gardner

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An unidentified corpse is found near Vigàta, a town known for its soil rich with potter’s clay, and a woman reports the disappearance of her husband, a Colombian man with Sicilian origins who turns out to be related to a local mobster. Montalbano remembers the biblical story of Judas’ betrayal, the act of remorse, and the 30 pieces of silver for the potter’s field, where those of unknown or foreign origin are to be buried … and slowly, through myriad betrayals, finds his way to the solution to the crime.

My Review:
Interesting twists and turns here – good story. Something is troubling Mimi Augello – a lot! – and it has escaped Montalbano’s attention until Livia, of all people, points it out to him. Livia is friends with Augello’s wife, Beba, and has picked up some information in conversation with her friend. Then, Montalbano arrives to the office one morning to find Catarella in tears – what on earth? While investigating the identity of the corpse found near Vigata, Montalbano discovers what it is he expects is troubling his friend – and it’s not good … ( )
  lit_chick | Jul 31, 2016 |
Another great installment in the Inspector Montalbano series. This was a goodie, and not just because Ingrid makes a short, cameo-styled appearance. This time the two-fronted mystery involves unusual behaviour of one of Montalbano's own team, leaving Montalbano to not only try and make heads or tails out of the latest murder mystery, but to try and manage what is becomes an escalating team-dynamics problem. As a fun aside, I got a good chuckle out of Camilleri having Montalbano read an Andrea Camilleri story involving a police inspector and a puzzling mystery... very tongue-in-cheek and amusing to encounter while reading this one! As for the mystery itself, this is one of the better ones and I really liked how it all played out. Some interesting potential foreshadowing of what may come as Montalbano starts to make some mental musings about retirement life. My love for these stories continues. Onwards to the next installment! ( )
  lkernagh | Oct 14, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Andrea Camilleriprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hillen, WelmoetTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ζερβού, ΚατερίναTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kahn, MosheTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menini, María AntoniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nigro, Salvatore SilvanoContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quadruppani, SergeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sartarelli, StephenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vidal, PauTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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An unidentified corpse is found near Vigata, a town known for its soil rich with potter's clay. Meanwhile, a woman reports the disappearance of her husband, a Colombian man with Sicilian origins who turns out to be related to a local mobster. Then Inspector Montalbano remembers the story from the Bible--Judas's betrayal, the act of remorse, and the money for the potter's field, where those of unknown or foreign origin are to be buried--and slowly, through myriad betrayals, finds his way to the solution to the crime.… (more)

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