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Rounding the Mark by Andrea Camilleri
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Rounding the Mark (2003)

by Andrea Camilleri

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Series: Salvo Montalbano (7)

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While swimming along the Sicilian shore, Inspector Montalbano discovers a corpse. His pursuit of the cause of death intersects with the inquiry into a hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a young boy who may have been victimized by human traffickers. The buying and selling of immigrant children, for slave labor, sex, and as a source of illegal organ transplants, is part of the evil underside of the opening of Europe's borders. That, combined with frustration with his department's repressive handling of security for the G-8 summit in Genoa and the corruption among his superiors and the politicians behind them, makes setting anything right seem like an exercise in futility. Montalbano alternates between despair and steely resolve. When he realizes that he may have inadvertently aided the boy's victimizers, his internal turmoil intensifies.… (more)

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I don't enjoy having to worry about Inspector Montalbano's health, and the mystery element was too diffuse and dependent on co-incidence to be as convincing as it was heartbreaking. ( )
  quondame | Sep 5, 2019 |
Inspector Salvo Montalbano likes to swim a distance when needing to clear his thoughts....

In the midst of working out the details of why a migrant child would be running away from his "mother" and the mother's subsequent fake broken leg & running out of ER only to be picked-up by a passing motorist... Montalbano swims farther than usual and comes across the remains of a corpse, which he ties to himself via his swimsuit & tows back to shore.

Montalbano's staff works hard to reconstruct the face of the corpse and in doing so is told that the corpse could not have possibly have died twice; but thanks to Ingrid a positive ID is made, which leads Montalbano back to the boy & to the area in the ocean where he came across the corpse.

Below the cliffs of illegally built fortress-mansions, Montalbano discovers a hidden jetty & cave entrance... All leading to the illegal trafficking of children.

This was a very good story, with twists, turns, & humor... The humanitarianism of Montalbano is refreshing. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | May 22, 2019 |
Nick and I read this together on the Kindle as we were camping. (We evolved a system. It's possible.) We laughed so. This is a funny, endearing novel. Just right for a camping trip. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
Sicily, law-enforcement, human-trafficking, humor

It begins with Montalbano finding a corpse in the water near his home and being filmed naked by local TV, then alarming criminal behavior by higher ups in law enforcement is publicized, and progresses to what starts out as a small mystery about a young boy. Montalbano is disheartened by the police scandal and plots to retire, but then the small boy is murdered. The rest of the story is just as fascinating yet also balanced with humor. Another winner!
Steven Sartorelli is the deviously clever translator, and Grover Gardner is the narrator extraordinary. ( )
  jetangen4571 | Mar 26, 2019 |
While contemplating handing in his resignation, Inspector Montalbano gets involved with two unofficial investigations that don't seem to interest the Powers That Be in Montelusa. He puts himself in considerable emotional and physical peril, especially once he determines that there is a connection between the drifting dead body he discovered while swimming in the sea, and the unfortunate young "non-European" boy he encountered briefly in the port of Vigata. This one is a bit grim and portentous, I think. But since I know there are several more entries in the series, I must presume that our Inspector survives the physical ordeal, as well as the likely official uproar that one would expect to follow if there had been one more chapter here.
Review written in May 2013 ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Sep 17, 2017 |
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Stinking, treacherous night.
Nuttata fitusa,’nfami, tutta un arramazzarsi, un votati e rivotati, un addrummisciti e un arrisbigliati, un susiti e un curcati.
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[...] la sira avanti aviva avuto lo stomaco accussì stritto che non ci sarebbe passato manco un filo d’erba. Si era trattato dei pinsèri nìvuri che l’avevano assugliato doppo avere sentito una notizia del telegiornale nazionale. «All’annigatu, petri di ’ncoddru» era il detto popolare che veniva esclamato quando una insopportabile serie di disgrazie s’abbatteva su qualche sbinturato. E per lui, che già da qualche mese nuotava alla disperata in mezzo a un mare in timpesta, e si sentiva a tratti perso come un annegato, quella notizia era stata uguale a una vera e propria pitrata tiratagli addosso, anzi una pitrata che l’aviva pigliato preciso ’n testa, tramortendolo e facendogli perdere le ultime, debolissime forze.
Con un’ariata assolutamente indifferente, la giornalista del tg aveva detto che la procura di Genova, in merito all’irruzione della polizia alla scuola Diaz nel corso del G8, si era fatta pirsuasa che le due bombe molotov, trovate nella scuola, erano state portate lì dagli stessi poliziotti per giustificare l’irruzione. Questo faceva seguito – aveva continuato la giornalista – alla scoperta che l’agente il quale aveva dichiarato di essere stato vittima di un tentativo di accoltellamento da parte di un no-global, sempre nel corso di quell’irruzione, aveva in realtà mentito: il taglio alla divisa se l’era fatto lui stesso per dimostrare la pericolosità di quei ragazzi che invece, a quanto si andava via via svelando, nella scuola Diaz stavano pacificamente dormendo. Ascutata la notizia, per una mezzorata Montalbano era restato assittato sulla poltrona davanti al televisore, privo della capacità di pinsari, scosso da un misto di raggia e di vrigogna, assammarato di sudore. Non aveva manco trovato la forza di susirisi per rispondere al telefono che stette a squillare a longo. Bastava ragionare tanticchia supra quelle notizie che venivano date col contagocce e con governativa osservanza dalla stampa e dalla televisione per farsi preciso concetto: i suoi compagni e colleghi, a Genova, avevano compiuto un illegale atto di violenza alla scordatina, una specie di vendetta fatta a friddo e per di più fabbricando prove false. Cose che facevano tornare a mente episodi seppelluti della polizia fascista o di quella di Scelba.
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