The Smell of the Night

The Smell of the Night

Paperback - 2005
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"You either love Andrea Camilleri or you haven't read him yet. Each novel in this wholly addictive, entirely 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-dry wit, as fresh and clean as Mediterranean seafood -- altogether transporting. Long live Camilleri, and long live Montalbano." A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

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.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Books,, [2005]
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780143036203
Branch Call Number: MYS CAM
Characteristics: 229 pages ; 20 cm


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Jun 06, 2016

Another great addition to the Inspector Montalbano series. I enjoyed this book even though I already knew the ending. Usually I read a book before watching the movie or television series based on it, but that wasn't the case this time. I have viewed quite a few of the episodes from the Italian television series, "Detective Montalbano", based on Andrea Camilleri's novels (all with English subtitles). Luca Zingaretti stars as Inspector Montalbano. "The Scent of the Night" is in Series 4. What can I say? I love both the books and the TV series - I only wish they'd never end!

Jul 11, 2015

Utterly charming. Salvo reminds me of Louise Penny's Armand Gamache, and Michael Connelly's Hieronymous Bosch... wise and smart detectives, each with a heart of gold. A great book for all the right reasons: plot, character development... and bonus humor! The early on scene where 3 detectives are trying to avert being shot by the old guy is hilarious! Highly recommended!

Cdnbookworm Apr 04, 2013

This is the sixth book in the series featuring Inspector Montalbano. Here, there are a bunch of upset people in town because they invested their money with a man named Gargano who has disappeared along with their money. It came to Montalbano's attention when one upset elderly man took an employee of Gargano's hostage. As usual, there are things that bother him about what people say and do and that leads him to recheck information and find the truth. The title comes from a description of the one witness that everyone else dismissed, as he describes his way of telling time.
On the personal side, he is worried about his relationship with his girlfriend Livia, and has a violent reaction to the loss of one of his two places that he goes to think.

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