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The snack thief (original 1996; edition 2003)

by Andrea. Camilleri, Stephen Sartarelli

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Title:The snack thief
Authors:Andrea. Camilleri
Other authors:Stephen Sartarelli
Info:New York : Viking, 2003.
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, mystery, Sicily, Italy, F/C Inspector Salvo Montalbano, book #3, 999 challenge

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Great crime novel, with a twisting plot and a quirky detective. Unique insight on Sicilian life, though the dialogues in dialect (I read the book in the original language) are somewhat annoying because you end up ignoring everything that is not written in standard Italian. ( )
  Miguelnunonave | Aug 8, 2013 |
Another entertaining mystery set in Sicily, an excellent mix of farce, satire and food. Surprisingly prescient, Camilleri's story deals with immigration from Tunisia, terrorism and the compromises intelligence services make. ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2013 |
Fun detective story. ( )
  pnorman4345 | Jan 29, 2013 |
I'm interested in reading this author, and started the book to get a little taste of his writing, but all the other books in my TBR pile began to scream at me and haunt my dreams, so I've put it aside for now. I will probably release this, but make a note to find the author and book one of the series again. This series was first recommended by a patron of a indie bookstore in Decatur GA when we were there in April of 2012.
  bookczuk | Oct 18, 2012 |
“The Snack Thief” (“Il Ladro di Merendine”) is the third book in the “Detective Montalbano” series by Sicilian writer Andrea Camilleri. Two seemingly unrelated incidents – a man found stabbed to death in an elevator and a Tunisian man shot dead on a boat – are being investigated by the tireless Montalbano. It turns out that the stabbed man was in the habit of paying his young Tunisian cleaning lady for “extras”, the very same lady being involved with the shot Tunisian in some illegal activity. The cleaning lady also dies, but her young boy escapes and is protected by Montalbano and his fiancé Livia, who falls in love with the boy and dreams of adopting him and making a family with the reluctant boyfriend-detective.

Why the man is stabbed to death and by whom, what is the nature of the illegal activities taking place and why do the Italian Secret Services take interest in this sordid southern affair – all of these will need to remain secret, lest I spoil it for future readers. Suffice to say that Montalbano (as usual) makes the connections everyone else fails to make and solves the case. In the process, he realises a few things about his personal life and his attachment to Livia.

Camilleri is, as usual, a pleasure to read. The prose at times reads like poetry, peppered with the impossible Sicilian dialect that gives the Montalbano series its distinctive rhythm. ( )
  ashergabbay | Sep 3, 2012 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Andrea Camilleriprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Avila Melo, Joana Angelica d'Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
千種, 堅Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bechtolsheim, Christiane vonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gardner, GroverNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jakobsen, CeciliaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kangas, HelinäTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krone, PattyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Margit, LukácsiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menini, María AntoniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mikołajewski, JarosławTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quadruppani, SergeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sartarelli, StephenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Vidal, PauTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Денисевич, К.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the third book in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series, the urbane and perceptive Sicilian detective exposes a viper's nest of government corruption and international intrigue in a compelling new case. When an elderly man is stabbed to death in an elevator and a crewman on an Italian fishing trawler is machine-gunned by a Tunisian patrol boat off Sicily's coast, only Montalbano suspects the link between the two incidents. His investigation leads to the beautiful Karima, an impoverished housecleaner and sometime prostitute, whose young son steals other schoolchildren's midmorning snacks. But Karima disappears, and the young snack thief's life—as well as Montalbano's—is on the line...

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