The Smell Of The Night

Paperback | November 29, 2005

byAndrea CamilleriTranslated byStephen Sartarelli

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The number of Inspector Montalbano fans will continue to grow with this ingenious new novel featuring the earthy and urbane Sicilian detective. Half the retirees in Vigáta have invested their savings with a financial wizard who has disappeared, along with their money. As Montalbano investigates this labyrinthine financial scam, he finds himself at a serious disadvantage: a hostile superior has shut him out of the case, he’s on the outs with his lover Livia, and his cherished Sicily is turning so ruthless and vulgar that Montalbano wonders if any part of it is worth saving. Drenched with atmosphere, crackling with wit, The Smell of the Night is Camilleri at his most addictive.

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The number of Inspector Montalbano fans will continue to grow with this ingenious new novel featuring the earthy and urbane Sicilian detective. Half the retirees in Vigáta have invested their savings with a financial wizard who has disappeared, along with their money. As Montalbano investigates this labyrinthine financial scam, he find...

Andrea Camilleri's Montalbano mystery series, bestsellers in Italy and Germany, has been adapted for Italian television and translated into German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Japanese, Dutch, and Swedish. He lives in Rome.Stephen Sartarelli lives in upstate New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.76 × 5.11 × 0.53 inPublished:November 29, 2005Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143036203

ISBN - 13:9780143036203

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Camilleri yet, I think. Nightmarish ending, very well written. Montalbano's emotional, personal side explored in more depth here. Same delicious Sicilian cuisine.
Date published: 2013-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Inspector Montalbano #6 This is the 6th book in Andrea Camilleri's series that takes place in Italy and features Inspector Montalbano. I've said this before but will say it again...the books in this series are wonderfully translated. The words just seem to flow and the dialogue is natural and easy. Returning in this book are of course not only Montalbano but also his numerous colleagues and his girlfriend, Livia. Jacket notes: "As an angry octogenarian holds a terrified and lovelorn secretary at gunpoint, Inspector Montalbano is reluctantly drawn into the case. The secretary’s boss, a financial adviser, has vanished along with several billion lire entrusted to him by the good citizens of Vigata. Also missing is the adviser’s young colleague, whose uncle just happens to be building a house on the site of Inspector Montalbano’s very favourite olive tree ... Ably abetted by his loyal and eccentric team, Montalbano, the food-loving, commitment-phobic inspector, returns for another delicious investigation served up in vintage Camilleri style." While the plot in this book isn't as complex as some of the others, Montalbano is as charming and as obnoxious as he usually is. He allows himself to be guided by instinct and intuition which in equal measure both benefit and hinder Montalbano as he searches for answers about the disappearance of a financial swindler.
Date published: 2011-10-10

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Table of ContentsTitle PageCopyright Page Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16 Author’s NoteNotesPraise for Andrea Camilleri and the Montalbano series“The idiosyncratic Montalbano is totally endearing.”—The New York Times “Like Mike Hammer or Sam Spade, Montalbano is the kind of guy who can’t stay out of trouble.... Still, deftly and lovingly translated by Stephen Sartarelli, Camilleri makes it abundantly clear that under the gruff, sardonic exterior our inspector has a heart of gold, and that any outbursts, fumbles or threats are made only in the name of pursuing truth.”—The Nation “Once again, violence is muted, complications rule, politics roil, but humor ... prevail[s] in the end, Italy is good to visit, even if only in print. And what better way to shorten a flight to Palermo than by gobbling this tasty snack along the way?”—Los Angeles Times “[Camilleri’s mysteries] offer quirky characters, crisp dialogue, bright storytelling—and Salvo Montalbano, one of the most engaging protagonists in detective fiction.... Montalbano is a delightful creation, an honest man on Sicily’s mean streets.”—USA Today “The Montalbano mysteries offer cose dolci to the world-lit lover hankering for a whodunit.”—The Village Voice “The reading of these little gems is fast and fun every step of the way.”—The New York Sun “Wittily translated from the savory Italian, Camilleri’s mysteries ... feature the sardonic Inspector Salvo Montalbano, whose gustatory adventures are at least as much fun as his crime solving.”—Rocky Mountain News “Camilleri once again thrills with his fluid storytelling and quirky characters.”-Publishers WeeklyA PENGUIN MYSTERYTHE SMELL OF THE NIGHTAndrea Camilleri is the author of many books, including his Montalbano series, which has been adapted for Italian television and translated into nine languages. He lives in Rome. Stephen Sartarelli is an award-winning translator. He is also the author of three books of poetry, most recently The Open Vault.PENGUIN BOOKS Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 375 Hudson Street, New York, NewYork 10014, U.S.A.Penguin Group (Canada), 90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4P 2Y3 (a division of Pearson Penguin Canada Inc.) Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England Penguin Ireland, 25 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland (a division of Penguin Books Ltd)Penguin Group (Australia), 250 Camberwell Road, Camberwell,Victoria 3124, Australia (a division of Pearson Australia Group Pty Ltd)Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd., 11 Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi - 110 017, IndiaPenguin Group (NZ), 67 Apollo Drive, Mairangi Bay, Auckland 1311, New Zealand (a division of Pearson New Zealand Ltd.) Penguin Books (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd, 24 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa Penguin Books Ltd, Registered Offices: 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England First published in Penguin Books 2005  Translation copyright © Stephen Sartarelli, 2005 All rights reserved Originally published in Italian as L’odore della notte by Sellerio editore.© 2001 Sellerio editore via Siracusa 50 Palermo. Publisher’s Note

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Camilleri is as crafty and charming a writer as his protagonist is an investigator. (The Washington Post)