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The Wings of the Sphinx by Andrea Camilleri
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The Wings of the Sphinx (2006)

by Andrea Camilleri

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Series: Salvo Montalbano (11)

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"Things are not going well for Inspector Salvo Montalbano. His relationship with Livia is once again on the rocks, and, acutely aware of his age, he is beginning to grow weary of the endless violence he encounters. Then a young woman is found dead, her face half shot off, and there is no hint of her identity except a tattoo of a sphinx moth. The tattoo links her to three similarly marked girls, all victims of the underworld sex trade, who have been rescued from the Mafia night-club circuit by a prominent Catholic charity. The problem is that Montalbano's inquiries elicit an outcry from the Church--and the three other girls are all missing"--Publisher's description.… (more)

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First, my compliments to Stephen Sartarelli on his translation and notes compiled for the reader to understand every nuance of Camilleri's written word.
Some say that the pace of the book is slow, but, I enjoyed this differing flavor on a detective novel. Camilleri is able to immerse us in the world of Inspector Montalbano: his love and enjoyment of mediterranean food coupled with a detailed description of the sea and the warm and rocky Sicilian geography. With a mix of humor, cynicism, compassion, and love of good food, Montalbano goes into battle against the powerful and the corrupt who are determined to block his path. This is a"delicious" discovery for mystery afficionados and fiction lovers. (less) ( )
  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Jul 25, 2019 |
A young woman is found dead: shot through the lower left jaw, teeth shattered, stripped naked, thrown to the bottom of a dump in a ravine, with the identifying tattoo of a Sphinx Moth on the left shoulder.

She was one of a group of four young Russian "housekeepers" finding employment through a local diocese's "charitable" foundation.

Luckily for Montalbano, she is partially identified by Ingrid by the tattoo... as well as others when the tattoo is shown on the local television station...

As Montalbano & his group of policemen investigate, the foundation is investigated and a few high ranking men & church members are brought under suspicion....

I enjoy Montalbano, his group of policemen, Ingrid, his connections. I enjoy his sense of humor, culinary adventures and his friend Ingrid. On the peripheral still hangs his "love" Livia, whom he needs to let go of, once and for all.... ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | May 22, 2019 |
Always inventive, this author. Funny, sad, engaging. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
I love this series and love Inspector Montalbano, not many books translate well but these ones do. A great little group of characters that have been pulled together with always some interesting crimes or murders for him to solve. Good, light, fun reading and I look forward to continuing with the next book in the series. Although I do have to say he needs to sort out his love life before it is too late! Haven't read these? Do give them a try. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Feb 20, 2017 |
I read this one twice, because it wasn't marked in my library, and liked it each time. ( )
  ffortsa | Nov 6, 2016 |
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Andrea Camilleriprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dillo, LiesbethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ζερβού, ΚατερίναTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kahn, MosheTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menini, María AntoniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quadruppani, SergeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sartarelli, StephenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vidal, PauTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Woźniak, MonikaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Chief Insp. Salvo Montalbano finds himself in the midst of a serious crisis with his significant other, Livia. He is uncertain what he can and should do to repair the rift that has developed between them. Meanwhile, the inspector must tackle a difficult case—the gunshot murder of an attractive young woman whose nude body was left in a dump. As Montalbano and his team first attempt to identify the victim based on a butterfly tattoo on her left shoulder, they learn of a possible link to an influential Catholic charity. Soon they start to feel political pressure to steer the inquiry in a different direction.
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