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Rounding the Mark Paperback – July 25, 2006
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_Rounding the Mark_ is maybe a little less integrated than some of the novels--the novel begins with Montalbano's disgust at the corruption of his fellow cops to the point where he is about to resign, and it seems that corruption and the resignation will be a big deal, but they are pretty much forgotten as the plot gets underway. Other reviewers have complained that there's not enough fast-paced action in Camilleri's works, but this one heats up better than most by the end.
Camilleri is a master at characterizing people through their dialects. I wouldn't have thought that could come out in translation, but Sartarelli gets it across. And the endnotes are a godsend, especially in making clear just how much money is involved so as to clarify its motivating power. Then, too, there are lovely local customs like "goat-tying" explained. Sicily is a scary place!
Before turning in for work Montalbano needs to clear his head, he decides to take a long swim in the sea, it might be relaxing, lost in thought and all too late he had swam too far, beginning to struggle he flips on his back just to catch his breath. Shortly thereafter he accidentally bumps into another swimmer he apologises but was getting no reply he quickly discovers to his horror the body was actually a corpse. Later that week when the autopsy report comes back the death of the unidentified man was listed as an accidental drowning; Montalbano knew better, something about this floating body didn't feel right.
With the body case chewing at his insides just to top his worst week Montalbano gets a call to take control of another boatload of illegal immigrants landing on their Sicilian shores. Montalbano sets about getting some organization in place, he notices a little African boy making a break from his family and gives chase; he takes the boy tightly by his hand and lively returns the boy to his mother the boy looks terrified.Read more ›
Montalbano 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 more or less stays true to his personal moral code.
A good read. And if you like Camilleri's Montalbano series, you might also enjoy Donna Leon's Inspector Brumetti and Michael Dibdin's Aurelio Zen. These are also wonderful stories about life and crime in Italy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
love this book. Camilleri has a wonderful way of telling you a story and describing characters. Especially the charismatic detective Montalbano. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Osvaldo Q
Camilleri has the annoying habit of ending some of his stories by dropping everything. It's the new fad in novels and very convenient for the writer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maia
A bit heart-wrenching but unfortunately very realistic, just love Montalbano and the regular humor in each bookPublished 6 months ago by Patricia
Love the series, please keep up the great work, can't wait for the next one.Published 7 months ago by Paul Haynes