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The Snack Thief by Andrea Camilleri

The Snack Thief (1996)

by Andrea Camilleri

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Series: Commissario Montalbano (3)

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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.
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  laytonwoman3rd | Sep 17, 2017 |
Montalbano can be so annoying, so ill-mannered, that it is remarkable he accomplishes anything. And there has never been a couple so incompatible as Montalbano and Livia. A fun tale, but this one didn't appeal as much as others in the series. ( )
  VivienneR | Aug 30, 2017 |
This is the third in the series and the more I read, the more I like the cantankerous Montelbano, the faithful Livia, the ambiguity and corruption of Sicily and the strange, complex crimes.

Really fun. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
The Snack Thief by Andrea Camilleri is the third book in his Inspector Monalbano Mystery series. In this book, the character of Inspector Montalbano is clearly defined and although he can be quite childish and selfish at times, he takes a step toward adulthood at the end of the book which is making me eager to pick up the next volume. These books still delight me with their sharp humor and strong sense of place. Sicily comes alive on these pages, and the descriptions of food that the author includes has me booking a reservation at my favorite Italian restaurant!

Great characters and dialogue move the story along at a rapid pace. The Snack Thief has Montalbano investigating both the death of an elderly man in an elevator and the shooting of a Tunisian man on a fishing boat. Eventually he realizes these cases are connected and, in doing so, runs afoul of a certain branch of government.

I read in the notes that the translator of these books, Stephen Sartarelli is a New York poet, and he deserves a great deal of praise for retaining the fluent style and farcical manner that the author originally gave these books. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jul 2, 2016 |
Another very good book in the Inspector Montalbano series. This all stems from a mysterious death in an elevator and someone being killed on a boat. Quite a bit of intrigue and plotting in this book. Also some interesting development between Montalbano and Livia. If you haven't given this series a try, I would most definitely recommend it. I look forward to reading further books in this series. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
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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
Денисевич, К.Translatorsecondary 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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