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Excursion to Tindari (2000)

by Andrea Camilleri

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Series: Commissario Montalbano (5)

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A young Don Juan is found murdered in front of his apartment building early one morning, and an elderly couple is reported missing after an excursion to the ancient site of Tindari - two seemingly unrelated cases for Inspector Montalbano to solve amid the daily complications of life at Vigata police headquarters. But when Montalbano discovers that the couple and the murdered young man lived in the same building, his investigation stumbles onto Sicily's brutal "New Mafia", which leads him down a path more evil and more far-reaching than any he has been down before.… (more)
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An elderly couple disappears on a bus tour, a man is shot unlocking his door, and the son of a big crime boss is killed. It all comes together and is a case that makes Montalbano and his crew sick at heart. ( )
  mysterymax | Dec 7, 2020 |
Sicily, situational-humor, verbal-humor, translated, family-dynamics, friendship, law-enforcement*****

What a complex mystery and their bureaucracy is as crazy as ours! The first murder looks like standard mafia stuff, then comes the disappearance of two pensioners. Sandwiched in between is bureaucratic nonsense and developments into the habits if the first victim that are stranger than most. As always, the team works together to get the job done and provide more than a few laughs. Great work by translator Stephen Sartarelli and by narrator Grover Gardner! ( )
  jetangen4571 | Oct 27, 2020 |
Commissario Montalbano löst seinen fünften Fall.
Commissario Montalbano sind moderne Errungenschaften wie Computer und Internet hochgradig suspekt ? auch wenn dieses Teufelszeug mittlerweile selbst das Kommissariat von Vigàta erreicht hat. Als ein junger Mann ermordet aufgefunden wird und ein altes Ehepaar zeitgleich verschwindet, beweist der Commissario, dass man auch mit altbewährten Methoden modernen Kriminellen auf die Schliche kommt. Andiamo!
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
This is the fourth Montalbano mystery I've read and the character is definitely growing on me, as is the writing. Perhaps the excellent translator, Stephen Sartarelli, has grown more confident, but the translation of this volume is looser, more colloquial, and faster paced than earlier novels.

As usual, the novel blends a sense of place (Vigata in Sicily) with the temperamental detective, Inspector Montalbano. This time, he undertakes to understand why an elder couple who never associated with anyone went missing when they unexpectedly took a bus tour to Tindari. Was there a connection to the murder of a young man, an obvious hit job?

Along the way, Andrea Camilleri's trademark wit shows through. Between the hilarious switchboard operator Catarella and the love troubles of Montalbano's deputy Mimi, Montalbano manages his way through the bureaucracy of the Italian state and the clutches of the Mafia.

Entertaining and well written. Take a trip to Sicily with Inspector Montalbano! ( )
  barlow304 | Apr 16, 2020 |
Inspector Montalbano appetite is dangerously flagging - meals are skipped or delayed. Or lost, understandably. Camilleri's Sicily does sound like the embodiment of interesting times, and the scenery does sound like an amazing contrast of modern skuz next to fragrant wilds. ( )
  quondame | Aug 22, 2019 |
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Andrea Camilleriprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bechtolsheim, Christiane vonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gracin, JurajTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kangas, HelinäTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menini, María AntoniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quadruppani, SergeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sartarelli, StephenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Vidal, PauTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Voogd, Pietha deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A young Don Juan is found murdered in front of his apartment building early one morning, and an elderly couple is reported missing after an excursion to the ancient site of Tindari - two seemingly unrelated cases for Inspector Montalbano to solve amid the daily complications of life at Vigata police headquarters. But when Montalbano discovers that the couple and the murdered young man lived in the same building, his investigation stumbles onto Sicily's brutal "New Mafia", which leads him down a path more evil and more far-reaching than any he has been down before.

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Μια τριπλή ανθρωποκτονία είναι η υπόθεση που πρέπει να διαλευκάνει αυτή τη φορά ο Μονταλμπάνο - ενός νέου που ζούσε ξοδεύοντας περισσότερα απ όσα θα του επέτρεπαν οι οικονομικές του δυνατότητες και ενός ζευγαριού ηλικιωμένων που περνούσαν τη ζωή τους κλεισμένοι μέσα στο σπίτι τους, μέχρι τη στιγμή που αποφάσισαν να κάνουν μια εκδρομή στο Τίνταρι.
Το μόνο γεγονός που μοιάζει να συνδέει τον νέο με το ζευγάρι είναι το ότι έμεναν στην ίδια πολυκατοικία.
Ο Μονταλμπάνο όμως κουβαλάει μια κατάρα, ξέρει να διαβάζει τα πανάρχαια σημάδια που υπάρχουν ακόμη στη Σικελία.
Στην έρευνα για τη διαλεύκανση της υπόθεσης τον βοηθάνε, εκτός από την ομάδα των συνεργατών του, μια γέρικη ελιά με στριφτό κορμό, η Σουηδέζα Ίνγκριντ, ένα βιβλίο του Κόνραντ κι ένας αμετανόητος "Ανώνυμος".
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