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The Snack Thief by Andrea Camilleri
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The Snack Thief (1996)

by Andrea Camilleri

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Series: Commissario Montalbano (3)

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Quite a fun mystery! Lots of humor, good characters, great reader. I'll have to read the next one right away. What will happen next? Good to read this series in order. ( )
  njcur | Jul 16, 2018 |
My blog post about this book is at this link. ( )
  SuziQoregon | May 3, 2018 |
As Inspector Montalbano and his colleagues investigate the murder of a retired businessman, their case converges with another jurisdiction's investigation into the death of a Tunisian fisherman. The common thread seems to be a Tunisian prostitute whose young son, left to fend for himself, has taken to stealing other children's snacks. Montalbano enlists the aid of his partner Livia in first questioning the child and then caring for him while the police search for his missing mother. Montalbano's concern for the boy's safety grows as he discovers more about the circumstances of his mother's disappearance.

The Montalbano books have a very strong sense of place in the fictional Vigata on Sicily. Montalbano enjoys his food, and its descriptions will leave most readers (or listeners, as the case may be) with mouths watering. Moments of laugh-out-loud humor provide balance for some very dark crimes and evil villains. Montalbano seemed more irritable than I remember from the first two books in the series. He comes across as self-absorbed and stingy with his affections. My sympathies were with Livia this time around. ( )
  cbl_tn | Feb 16, 2018 |
Non pesante e abbastanza divertente. ( )
  Mlvtrglvn | Jan 5, 2018 |
I'm doing my best to join the club by reading straight through as many of these as my library can provide. This one has a dual mystery in it, which as we all know, always means a common element will emerge and our hero/sleuth/detective will put the pieces together eventually. Also some more drooling over food, and a tug at the heartstrings provided by the title character. I finished it after bedtime last night, got up out of the sack and went to the living room to grab the next one in the series, which was lying in wait, and continued reading as if there were no break in the story at all.
September 2012 ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Sep 17, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Andrea Camilleriprimary authorall editionscalculated
Avila Melo, Joana Angelica d'Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
千種, 堅Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bechtolsheim, Christiane vonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gardner, GroverNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jakobsen, CeciliaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kangas, HelinäTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krone, PattyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Margit, LukácsiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menini, María AntoniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mikołajewski, JarosławTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quadruppani, SergeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sartarelli, StephenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Vidal, PauTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the third book in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series, the urbane and perceptive Sicilian detective exposes a viper's nest of government corruption and international intrigue in a compelling new case. When an elderly man is stabbed to death in an elevator and a crewman on an Italian fishing trawler is machine-gunned by a Tunisian patrol boat off Sicily's coast, only Montalbano suspects the link between the two incidents. His investigation leads to the beautiful Karima, an impoverished housecleaner and sometime prostitute, whose young son steals other schoolchildren's midmorning snacks. But Karima disappears, and the young snack thief's life—as well as Montalbano's—is on the line...

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Les goters des enfants de la classe ont tous t grignots sauf celui de Lo. Jrmie enqute. Lo se dfend. Les accusations vont bon train quand un critch, critch, critch se fait entendre. Le voleur est la souris de la classe voisine.

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