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The Smell of the Night (2001)

by Andrea Camilleri

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Series: Commissario Montalbano (6)

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A "financial wizard," entrusted with the savings of nearly half the retirees of Vigata, mysteriously disappears with the money and a young man who worked for him. In a rather atypical case for Montalbano, the inspector finds himself initially shut out of the investigation by the ever hostile commissioner Bonetti-Alderighi and forced to work from the shadows.… (more)
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A financier, running a Ponzi scheme on the residents of Vigata, disappears along with one of his employees. Even though primary responsibility for the investigation lies elsewhere, Inspector Montalbano is bothered by the crimes, especially when the employee's new home construction destroys his favorite olive tree, and so he solves the mystery. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Always intriguing. Such a difference from Irish police procedurally, but mainly in the relationships, collegial and romantic. ( )
  SusanWallace | Jul 10, 2021 |
A slim volume, read in an afternoon in the garden, watching the bees on the lavender. Really not sure about the translation.... reads like the subtitles on the TV series. I did wonder whether the book or the TV came first. Both have a warm bath sort of feel but this book is a bit darker somehow with Montelbano more of an oddball maverick than he is allowed to be on TV. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
A fast talking financial con man has disappeared with the savings of many people in Montalbano's town. A witness during the investigation tells Montalbano that he knows the time without wearing a watch. During the day he uses the sun, and during the night he goes by the smell. The night changes smells, depending on the hour. ( )
  mysterymax | Dec 7, 2020 |
family-dynamics, friendship, fraud, law-enforcement, Sicily, sardonic
Read 2 times. Last read October 28, 2020.

Come for the characters, get hooked by the mystery and the antics of Montalbano. He begins with the disappearance of a swindler but then the politicos shut him down. They think. Can't put a flawed hero down, however, so on goes the tale to a sad conclusion.
Grover Gardner, narrator, has this series down to a science! ( )
  jetangen4571 | Oct 28, 2020 |
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Camilleri, Andreaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bechtolsheim, Christiane vonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gardner, Groversecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gracin, JurajTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maris, Ettasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menini, María AntoniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Neto, SimonettaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quadruppani, SergeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sartarelli, StephenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vidal, PauTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zabaleta, JosuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Żaboklicki, KrzysztofTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The shutter outside the wide-open window slammed so hard against the wall it sounded like a gunshot.

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A "financial wizard," entrusted with the savings of nearly half the retirees of Vigata, mysteriously disappears with the money and a young man who worked for him. In a rather atypical case for Montalbano, the inspector finds himself initially shut out of the investigation by the ever hostile commissioner Bonetti-Alderighi and forced to work from the shadows.

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