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The shape of water by Andrea Camilleri

The shape of water (original 1994; edition 2002)

by Andrea Camilleri (Author), 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)

  1. 20
    The Terracotta Dog 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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    The Day of the Owl by Leonardo Sciascia (charl08)
  3. 11
    Death in August by Marco Vichi (Tom_D)
    Tom_D: Similar characters and a translator, Stephen Sartarelli, in common.

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This is the first Mantalbano mystery in the series. He’s a urbane detective in a Sicily. When a man is found dead in a car with his pants pulled down, the death is ruled natural—a heart attack, but the determined Mantalbano is sure there is more to the story. As he digs and digs he discovers a multi-layered story involving the Mafia and family jealousy. The ending is totally unexpected but spot on. ( )
  brangwinn | Nov 29, 2016 |
I thought this was fun and kind of the anti-Leon/Brunetti books - a sea of Sicialian corruption, no beautiful crumbling Venice and no Paola to cook the meals. I liked Montalbano as a character though - the good guy among the not-so good and look forward to reading a few more in the series. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
A quick read and very enjoyable. Good escape entertainment. I think I saw this as a television adaptation. As always the book is better. It also has more humor. I picked these up after reading Donna Leon. They have very different atmospheres but I think readers of one would like the other. Grover Gardner is a good narrator for this series. I look forward to listening to them all. ( )
  njcur | Oct 25, 2016 |
Odd Sicilian crime drama set in the early 90s (no mobiles barely any computers) amid a lot of political corruption. It's a very dark noir feel to it, counterpointed with the insertion of fine wines and food.

Salzu Montalbano is a captain of a local police force (Sicilian police apparently have a mix of regional, national and military police all in the same town). A local politician is found dead in a compromising position amongst the local working girls. As it happens one Salzu's old school friends is the pimp who runs the area, and he's able to provide some clues (This provides quite a bit of context to the style of the book and tone of the policing) . All of the evidence points in one direction, but Salzu isn't convinced it fits as neatly as it should.

Short, but interesting if you like this kind of thing, the tone is a bit odd - partly the translation, and also the seedy setting. ( )
  reading_fox | Jul 22, 2016 |
Every good thing I've heard about Camilleri is so true. I'd liken Detective Montalbano to a Sicilian James Bond. Wine, Women and Food. Oh, when you read of the food you know you're in Italy! This first in the series is a nice, quick and enjoyable introduction. I thought it a flimsy mystery but so much fun and humor it's easy to overlook. ( )
  Carmenere | May 13, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Andrea Camilleriprimary authorall editionscalculated
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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