Andrea Camilleri: Rounding the Mark (An Inspector Montalbano Mystery)



Eries The specific mystery Inspector Montalbano tries to solve sometimes doesn t matter that much Yes there s been a murder but often his solutions implicate killers long gone or dead themselves or tying into some financial crime or other shenanigans And I confess I later don t remember the plots very wellOur reading pleasure is in Montalbano s solving of it plus the ancillary pleasures of the series his own idiosyncrasies his xasperation with those of his staff his Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas ever problematic relationship with Livia in Genoa whom we rarely ifver actually see and the most profound solace in his life searching out and The Magic Rolling Pin enjoying Sicily s wonderfully prepared seafoodThis story is darker and the crime does matter At the outset Montalbano is in a bad way about to resign his job mostly in protest of police scandals throughout Italy While swimming in the ocean one morning he discovers a floating body which Camilleri has the annoying habit ofnding some of his stories by dropping Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, everything It s the new fad in novels and very convenient for the writer A few problems you can t swim or dive in a wet suit and not use lead weights you float too much neutral buoyancy must be achieved Also fins should be used for better maneuverability in the surf Camilleri being ninety obviously doesn t do much diving And who would be so stupid as to walk around in the water with thigh high boots which get filled with water when a pair of rubber sandals gives you better traction and protection Salvo is in anxtra bad mood He wants to resign out of disgust He has had the last straw with systemic corruption in his town and in the fictional Montelusa district Moody and Not Without a Fight edgy melancholic about his own mortality he goes out for a swim and collides with a dead body Literally His day will only get better and he puts his resignation on hold His band of comical confreres keep usntertained and Salvo relatively mellow The Garden Bouquets and Beyond exotic Ingrid spices up Salvo s nights at the dinner table but he keeps his virtue reserved for Livia in Genoa I read this novel because I m committed to the cast of characters Plot was okay but secondary to me Another thoroughlynjoyable light The Unseen Wonder easy read from the consummate storyteller Andrea Camilleri about his complex conflicted often petulant and ageing Sicilian Detective Inspector Salvo MontalbanoAgain as in Excursion to Tindari Montalbano deals with a crime which is far bigger and nastier than any of his normal casesIn the middle of things disaster strikes Calogero the owner cook waiter of the Trattoria San Calogero decides to retire and close the trattoria Montalbano takes this as a completely unreasonable personal affront after all Calogero is only 73 years old and has only had two bypassesWe are still left with the big uestion of whether or not he willver marry LiviaGreat stuff. Montalbano deep into a secret world of illicit trafficking in human lives and the investigation will test the limits of his physical psychological and moral ndurance Disillusioned and no longer believing in the institution he serves will he withdraw or delve deeper into his wor.

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Meatier stories in the series and much overtly political Montalbano voices his own politcal disenchantment and the author includes topical scenes of people traffickingIt felt like the character of Montalbano was given greater prominence as he reaches turning point in his career Camilleri seems to njoy this slightly different Zu schnell emphasis and conseuently gives the book a very strongnding I really Sleepless (Bird of Stone, enjoyed the book Especially being able to compare the book and the TV series on MHZ I thought the subtitles would bother me but after having read the book I could fill in many of the blanks I have now read all The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries Books and seen all the TV shows It is such a relief to have mystery stories with real people and realisticvents without special ffects It is specially interesting to see how the cast changes over a period of 20 years The characters age as the series is filmed in real time over that period Combine this with the series The Young Montalbano and it is fascinating Good but not Andrea Camilleri s best Montalbano book by any means The use of the journalist to provide the didactic background on immigrant child smuggling is specially awkward The chest pain which sounds like coronary insufficiency is left without a resolution Despite such shortcomings Rounding the Mark is a good read by the late Sicilian master I am reading the Montalbano novels in order of publication and Rounding the Mark is certainly the best of them to date It is also the one that has affected me most motionally This is for two reasons firstly the plot with its focus on some awful crimes one of which only comes to light in the latter part of the novel and secondly the subject of aging watching how Montalbano copes with the Invisible (The Curse of Avalon effects that various factors are having on his mind and body All these matters are handled in a sensitive yet direct way and had a greater impact on me than any of the previous stories in the seriesOverall I found this is anxtremely well written or perhaps I should say well translated crime thriller with a plot that kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next The cast of supporting characters are vividly portrayed and so I felt as if I was a fly on the wall watching these various individuals as they struggle to solve the crimes they are investigating There are some well placed humourous scenes that lighten the mood of what is otherwise a slightly melancholy story but like all good crime thrillers it has a very dramatic nding Having been late in discovering Montalbano on TV the initial books are ideal for completing my knowledge of the series That said the books themselves are somewhat different from their TV fellows with the irascible inspector coming over as harder A brilliant author I look forward to the remainder of the Y wit as fresh and clean as Mediterranean seafood altogether transporting Long live Camilleri and long live Montalbano AJ Finn #1 New York Timesbestselling author of The Woman in the WindowTwo seemingly unrelated deaths form the central mystery of Rounding the Mark They will take.

Book 7 is a wonderful book and yet at the time I read it the story is also very pertinent There is as I write this a terrible crisis in Europe over immigrants and so it is very bittersweet to read this sad story about the little boy who is desperate to scape his awful fate Salvo takes it upon himself to be an avenging angel once he figures out the little boy s back story But at what cost The inspector continues to take terrible risks when he goes out alone his clever men show up in the nick of time but how long can we count on such luck Meanwhile Montalbano worries about getting older Are these related The risk taking and the confrontation with mortality You thinkReading this sort of makes me miss the movies which are at least in my memory lighter Sunnier Funnier This is a sad story about a dreadful vent Andrea Camilleri provides another interesting stemwinder mystery starring an aging and reflective Commissioner Salvo Montalbano These tales of crime corruption and daily life in Sicily are always intelligent and njoyable and Rounding the Mark is not an Deep Listening exception in this series Beyond the obligatory murders and ancillary sordid criminal activity trafficking in third world children that the intrepid Montalbano sorts through here the reader also shares the hero s ruminations about the pervasive corruption and cynicism that apparently mark thebb and flow of Italian political commercial and social lifeMontalbano has seen it all but remains shockable and outraged when he comes across the vileness of immigrant smuggling and child trafficking Montalbano is also struggling with the physical changes that come with middle age He s not happy with any of this but plugs on and steadfastly and cleverly routs the bad guys and or less stays true to his personal moral code A good read And if you like Camilleri s Montalbano series you might also njoy Donna Leon s Inspector Brumetti and Michael Dibdin s Aurelio Zen These are also wonderful stories about life and crime in Italy Andrea Camilleri s Montalbano series is a recent discovery for me I have been reading the Nordic noir books but become fed up with the xtreme violence inhumanity and craziness Montalbano books are the absolute opposite Very little violence but a realistic picture of the Italian society its failings corruption stupid bureaucracy politics and its fantastic side history life food both graphically presented The first books in the series were perhaps a little Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature extreme but the newest installments are becoming mature and realistic This 7th book is really good andnjoyable Montalbano ats well is sorely tempted but does not succumb or perhaps just once succeeds getting round his stupid superior officer who tries to put him out of work and solves the case Thoroughly njoyable although a little sad One of the. You Trajan either love Andrea Camilleri or you havent read him yet Each novel in this wholly addictiventirely magical series set in Sicily and starring a detective unlike any other in crime fiction blasts the brain like a shot of pure oxygen Aglow with local color packed with flint dr.

Andrea Camilleri is the author of the spectacularly successful Montalbano mystery series and many other novels set in nineteenth century Sicily His Montalbano novels have been made into an Italian TV seriesPhoto by T cc by 30 Own work CC BY 30 via Wikimedia Commons