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The Patience of the Spider (2004)

by Andrea Camilleri

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Series: Commissario Montalbano (8)

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Still recovering from his gunshot wound, Inspector Montalbano is feeling the weight of his years, and of his solitude. He's getting softer, more introspective, and critical of his life choices. But if withdrawing from society has become natural of late, he'll soon be forced to interact with others, compelled to intervene as a web of hatred and secrets threatens to squeeze its victims to death. This is Montalbano's most unusual and challenging case yet - and the one that will either change him or break him.… (more)
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A pretty young girl is kidnapped riding her scooter home after studying with a classmate. Inspector Montalbano is convelescing from his gunshot wounds, and is dragged in to assist in the case. Eventually, a large ransom is demanded from her family, which has been devastated by the financial trickery of her now-rich uncle. The uncle, who has political aspirations, is shamed into paying the ransom for the safe return of the girl. As always, Montalbano using his unorthodox policing style, figures out the mystery. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Always interesting especially as Italy/Sicily seems so different to me. Except this novel has explanations in the back detailing the corrupt political system which runs Italy and appears to be a perfect script for the current US administration. ( )
  SusanWallace | Jul 10, 2021 |
At last I figured out the plot to a Montalbano novel before the end. All I had to do was learn to think like a Sicilian and ponder family dynamics!

As always in the Montalbano series, Sicily itself is a character. The weather, the countryside, the sea, and the food. Oh, yes, the food. Salvo Montalbano stays in amazing shape although he never turns down a good meal and lives for excellent ones. In this novel he eats at some of his usual places and at some new ones during the course of an investigation into a kidnapping. Livia is on hand to hector the still convalescing Montalbano, and Salvo himself actually meets another inspector who is both competent and honest!

As for the mystery, Andrea Camilleri plays fair with the reader. An alert reader will pass by the key clue the first time, but when it comes up again, it will untie this knot of a mystery.

The Montalbano series is a delight and this is a solid entry into it. Recommended for mystery lovers and for people who'd like to escape lockdown and visit Sicily. ( )
  barlow304 | Feb 20, 2021 |
I love the Inspector Montalbano series, and this simply isn't as wonderful as the others. It is still a pleasure to read, but it felt as if the author wasn't really trying this time around. The subtle atmosphere that makes these novels so great is there, as is the perfect pacing, but the quality of the writing has to make up for the poorness of the plot, and characterization that I can only describe as lazy. Camilleri is so good that it almost does. Even though the portrayal of the main characters has slide from gently comic to one-note characatures, and the main plot twist can be guessed from near the beginning, I still enjoyed it. My rating is three stars, because it is too good to be given two, but the author can be much better than this. ( )
  StuartEllis | Dec 13, 2020 |
A kidnapping that wasn't really a kidnapping. Montalbano gets called back from medical leave (he was shot in the last book) to work on the case. His girlfriend, Livia, is there for most of the book. I don't like her, so this wasn't my favorite. ( )
  mysterymax | Dec 7, 2020 |
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Pages, Maria Antonia MeniniTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Still recovering from his gunshot wound, Inspector Montalbano is feeling the weight of his years, and of his solitude. He's getting softer, more introspective, and critical of his life choices. But if withdrawing from society has become natural of late, he'll soon be forced to interact with others, compelled to intervene as a web of hatred and secrets threatens to squeeze its victims to death. This is Montalbano's most unusual and challenging case yet - and the one that will either change him or break him.

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