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The Age of Doubt by Andrea Camilleri



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This episode of the Inspector Montalbano series takes up where The Potters Field left off. The inspector is feeling older than his age and as with most men at this age, is beginning to feel like he has lost control of his life, his destiny and his career. The investigation into a mysterious woman who disappears from the scene as quickly as she had appeared turns into an investigation of two dodgy boats, both having appeared in the port of Vigata much too simultaneously for a coincidence.

The ensuing adventures of the inspector with the wounded ego and the appearance of a gorgeous young lieutenant from the harbor office provides the personal turmoil inside the inspector, and it serves as the vehicle for Camilleri to examine the evolution of the inspector.

The book carries along as most Inspector Montalbano mysteries does, with great humor, a nice does of Sicilian culture and cynicism as well as descriptions of food and a clever crime story.

This episode continues the melancholy overtones of the previous book and extends the conversation of the personal hell of finding one's self aging too rapidly and the helplessness and the resulting comedy that goes with it.

I think this last few books has revived Camilleri's writing and has made the series more interesting, to him and also to the fortunate us. ( )
  pw0327 | Jul 21, 2013 |
Inspector Montelbano is feeling his age and finds himself entranced by Lieutenant Belladonna in this new addition to a series set in Sicily. All of the books in this series are very good reading and the descriptions of the food the Inspector eats are icing on the cake. ( )
  librarian1204 | Apr 1, 2013 |
The latest from Andrea Camilleri, who is always a joy to read. In this, the arrival of a yacht in the harbour with a dead body in tow engages Montalbano's curiosity, it stirred further by the parallel appearance of a woman who may not be all she appears. And then of course our famed police Inspector meets Coast Guard official Laura, and 'besotted' only just begins to describe the effect on him! But what of long time girlfriend Livia?? Therein for me is the only weakness of this book - not enough of Livia. But plenty of Sicilian cuisine and plenty of humour and intrigue to grab your interest. May Camilleri live and write forever, this I read in less than three days such was my joy in reading it. ( )
  ebyrne41 | Jan 17, 2013 |
Montalbano tiene que resolver el misterioso asesinato de un hombre que aparece muerto en una barca en el puerto. La investigacion esta relacionada con un yate de recreo que acaba de llegar al puerto. El detective tiene la oportunidad de conocer a varias mujeres interesantes que consiguen sorprerderlo. Una novela facil de leer y bastante amena. ( )
  alalba | Dec 28, 2012 |
Salvo Montalbano is now 58 years old and beginning to wonder if he's going to live to be 59.  Bones creak, he forgets things, and his wonderfully irascible personality is becoming even more crusty.  In this 14th episode of Camilleri's amusing, entertaining and well-written series about crime in Sicily, Salvo finds himself totally head over heels enamored (he would never admit to LOVE!!!) of a young naval lieutenant as they work together to solve the murder of a washed up body.  In addition, there's a huge and luxurious pleasure yacht tied up at the town pier with an elegant and notoriously promiscuous owner aboard and Montalbano smells a rat.  The crime solving evolves with the usual antics from Fazzio, Catarella, Mimi Auguello, and the gang.  Several times, the Inspector even takes exceptional  risks that appear somewhat out of character.  His temper often gets the better of him, and he's not having much luck with the famous Sicilian cuisine either. 
The missing link in this one is Livia. Although by now, readers of the series are becoming used to her cameo appearances by phone from Genoa, they are few and far between in this one.  Salvo spends a lot of time and energy on his new infatuation, and Livia looks like she's going to get short shrift.

NO SPOILERS......you'll have to read this one on your own.  Like all the books in this series, it is a quick enjoyable, well-crafted mystery with a carefully developed cast of characters, a heavenly setting, and plots that keep us guessing.  The translations by Steven Sartarelli are spot on, evoking all the passion and nuance of the original Italian. The audios of this series are incredibly fun listening.  I've gotten through many a water-aerobics session painlessly because I had these enjoyable stories to accompany me. ( )
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One night, Inspector Montalbano dreams of a stormy sea, which he knows represents unease and loss of control. The next day, a boat is found in the port of Vigata, and within it, the body of a disfigured corpse. The waterfront has also drawn in an eighty-five-foot luxury boat passengered by fifty carefree souls and a somewhat shadowy crew. They will have to stay in Vigata until the investigation is over--the man, it seems, was poisoned. However, right now, it is the yacht's owner and sailors Montalbano is focused on.… (more)

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