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The shape of water by Andrea Camilleri

The shape of water (original 1994; edition 2002)

by Andrea Camilleri, Stephen Sartarelli (Translator)

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Title:The shape of water
Authors:Andrea Camilleri (Author)
Other authors:Stephen Sartarelli (Translator)
Info:New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2002.
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:fiction, mystery, Italian

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The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri (1994)

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Montalbano is an entertaining character to read about, but perhaps as a police inspector he would be an annoying person to work with. This first title in the series introduces him as he tries to get to the bottom of the death of a well-known member of the community in unsavory circumstances. Only Montalbano wants to persist in understanding how he died, and of course he succeeds, thanks to his quirky methods and good friendships. ( )
  sleahey | Nov 22, 2015 |
A quick, enjoyable Italian mystery with plenty of twists and turns. The plot involved political corruption fuelled by sex. Fortunately we have Inspector Montalbano's suspicions, without which the crime would be regarded as suicide. This is the first in the series that I will definitely continue. ( )
  VivienneR | Aug 22, 2015 |
This is the first book in the Inspector Montalbano crime series by Italian author Andrea Camilleri. The inspector is likable, and enjoys good food and wine. The story starts with the death of a prominent figure found in a car sitting in the middle of an outdoor brothel called the Pasture. There were several twists to the story involving corruption. ( )
  NanaCC | Jul 26, 2015 |
The first in his Inspector Montalbano series, The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri was a very enjoyable excursion to Sicily. As opposed to some of the darker European crime stories, Montalbano has both a warmth and lightness that makes the reader feel comfortable immediately. The food descriptions alone have me wishing a trip to Italy was in my near future.

The mystery itself was a lesson in political machinations with misplaced loyalties and ambitions. With a nice twist, Montalbano proves to himself exactly what happened to Silvio Luparello. He also proves to the reader that not only is he willing to bend the rules a little, he is also a very smart detective which bodes well for future books.

Although I mentioned lightness up above, this book was far from light-weight. Montalbano threads his way through a cauldron of corruption, and the darker side of Sicily is not disguised in any way. This was a story of contrasts with stark honesty, humor, warmth and vendettas mixed throughout. I am intrigued and will definitely be continuing on with this series. ( )
1 vote DeltaQueen50 | Jul 9, 2015 |
This was a quick, pleasant enough read about a likeable detective based in Sicily where he doesn't just have to combat crime but also corruption and the influence of the Mafia. I had not encountered this series before, but can understand its appeal for fans - an easy, uncomplicated writing style, gets on with the story, with one or two entertaining diversions along the way. It reminded me a lot of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency stories - not in terms of the content (plenty of vice and bad language here) but in terms of the laid back style, the sense that the detective is the source of all sanity, and the fact that the setting is important - almost like an extra character. ( )
  jayne_charles | Feb 11, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Andrea Camilleriprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andersson, BarbroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Assemi, SchahrzadTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gracin, JurajTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Irizar, AnderTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Τραϊκόγλου… Μαρία-ΡόζαTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kangas, HelinäTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menini, María AntoniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mikołajewski, JarosławTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quadruppani, SergeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riu, XavierTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sartarelli, StephenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sartarelli, StephenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Simoniti, VeronikaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Кондюриной… А.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
רפופורט, מירוןTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Andrea Camilleri's novels starring Inspector Montalbano have become an international sensation and have been translated from Italian into eight languages, ranging from Dutch to Japanese. The Shape of Water is the first book in this sly, witty, and engaging series with its sardonic take on Sicilian life.

Early one morning, Silvio Lupanello, a big shot in the village of Vigàta, is found dead in his car with his pants around his knees. The car happens to be parked in a rough part of town frequented by prostitutes and drug dealers, and as the news of his death spreads, the rumors begin. Enter Inspector Salvo Montalbano, Vigàta's most respected detective. With his characteristic mix of humor, cynicism, compassion, and love of good food, Montalbano goes into battle against the powerful and the corrupt who are determined to block his path to the real killer. This funny and fast-paced Sicilian page-turner will be a delicious discovery for mystery afficionados and fiction lovers alike.

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The first English translation of the best-selling international mystery series follows Sicilian detective Inspector Montalbano as he investigates the suspicious death of an engineer who had made a name for himself in a small town.

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