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Praise for Andrea Camilleri:

 “There’s a deliciously playful quality to the mysteries Andrea Camilleri writes about a lusty Sicilian police detective named Salvo Montalbano.” –New York Times Book Review “The books are full of sharp, precise characterizations and with subplots that make Montalbano endearingly human… Like the antipasti that Montalbano contentedly consumes, the stories are light and easily consumed, leaving one eager for the next course.”—New York Journal of Books “This series is distinguished by Camilleri’s remarkable feel for tragicomedy, expertly mixing light and dark in the course of producing novels that are both comforting and disturbing.” –Booklist  “The novels of Andrea Camilleri breathe out the sense of place, the sense of humor, and the sense of despair that fills the air of Sicily.”—Donna Leon “Hailing from the land of Umberto Eco and La Cosa Nostra, Montalbano can discuss a pointy-headed book like Western Attitudes Towards Death as unflinchingly as he can pore over crime-scene snuff photos. He throws together an extemporaneous lunch…as gracefully as he dodges advances from attractive women.”—Los Angeles Times  “In Sicily, where people do things as they please, Inspector Montalbano is a bona fide folk hero.” –The New York Times Book Review  “Camilleri as crafty and charming a writer as his protagonist is an investigator.” –The Washington Post  “Montalbano is a delightful creation, an honest man on Sicily’s mean streets.” –USA Today  “Camilleri can do a character’s whole backstory in half a paragraph.” –The New Yorker “…the humor and humanity of Montalbano make him an equally winning lead character.” –Publishers Weekly 

About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • Series: Inspector Montalbano
  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143120921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143120926
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 series.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 6, 2012
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Inspector Mondtalbano is fifty-nine, and alternately miserable and elated. He`s fallen in love with a younger woman, and Laura is seductive and elusive by turns. This yields some high comedy. His brain is so turned, that he starts embracing his subordinates instead of yelling at them, shocking both them and us. This is not the Montalbano we know!

But he does have a case in hand, and it's as important to him as Laura. Two murders take place in the harbor. Montalbano's investigation is both methodical and inspired.

But for me the crimes and mysteries afloat are less interesting than Montalbano's behavior. We watch him tell his bureaucratic bosses some of the biggest, most shameful lies of his career. We see him perform a heroic, athletic rescue that would be amazing even for a young man. And we share his joy in numerous heavenly Sicilian dishes, and feel his pain over a meal that's overcooked, flavorless and over-salted.

Montalbano's staff add hugely to the fun, as usual. Catarella garbles names delightfully whenever he answers the phone. And Montalbano sends Mimi off to seduce a major suspect, and learn her secrets - the nymphomaniac owner of a certain suspicious yacht in the harbor. Mimi's haggard condition after these information-pumping sessions is hilarious.

Andrea Camilleri has a rare comic genius. I laughed my way through The Age of Doubt. But it's also a poignant love story, like nothing I've encountered before in the Montalbano novels. I loved every minute of this book, and never stopped marveling at the craft and charm of the writing.

The atmosphere is also wonderful. The sea is a strong, brooding presence - it washes out roads in a storm, setting the scene for Montalbano's loss of his emotional bearings. And it aids and abets illicit passion and crime.
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"The Age of Doubt" finds the redoubtable Inspector Montalbano increasingly preoccupied with the aging process. Into his pondering of the cycle of life drops a murder case connected to two luxury yachts that have turned up in Vigata's small harbor. The subsequent investigation leads to the Inspector's meeting of a stunningly beautiful young harbor official. Salvo is poleaxed with love by the encounter and much of the rest of the story is taken up by his struggles to cope with the uncomfortable infatuation. His legendary focus on police business suffers; his relationship with long-time girlfriend Livia becomes seriously at risk; and he is pushed into a manic binge on seafood at the local trattoria.

"The Age..." has some of the usual great moments that come with the Montalbano series, including a slam bang ending, but for me, the love crisis that is the center of this episode was a bit too drawn out and led to some events that were out of character for the Inspector and for the series. Still, a midlife crisis arguably makes even the most rational and responsible people do improbable and irrational things, so maybe even the Inspector....

In sum, a good read, if not the best book in this very high standard series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janie Harvey on January 10, 2013
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As a huge fan of Andrea Camilleri's series of books, set in Sicily about the wonderfully touching and very funny Inspector Montalbano, I was very eager to read the 14th installment. Camilleri is brilliant - the fun he is having as he gallops through the pages, visiting havoc and calamity on Montalbano's life, is evident - and full marks to Stephen Sartarelli for a translation that somehow manages to keep those impressions intact.

The first 13 books were all wonderful, and The Age of Doubt (No.14) is no exception. Montalbano is still experiencing attraction to women other than Livia, doubt about his advancing age, humorous jousts with Dr Pasquano, and the horrors of having to deal with the Commissioner - that 'colossal pain' Bonetti-Alderighi - and his excruciating pest of a cabinet chief, Dr Lattes. Also present are his team - the suave Mimi, the records-complex afflicted Fazio, and the simple and devoted Catarella.

After decades of reading the work of many authors in a range of genres, I've given them up! Not just 'Crime' or 'Mystery', these books of Camilleri's are philosophical, knowledgeable, beautifully written, touching, wise and very funny.

Long may Mr Camilleri and his wonderful characters reign! And long may Mr Sartarelli's skill allow us to share them.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By jwalcott on June 1, 2012
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Have been waiting anxiously for the release of this segment of the Inspector Montalbano series. While they are certainly somewhat formulaic, that is half of the pleasure. Salvo Montalbano retains his own sense of right and justice while battling self-doubt coupled with his fears of aging. As always he thwarts authority, but because of his prowess, his superiors grudgingly have to lengthen his leash.

I must say his long relationship with Livia seems to be running its course, but then, that has been a constant throughout all of the books. Again, he is attracted to another woman, but the outcome remains in doubt, ergo the title. Montalbano eats, drinks, and smokes with relish, his few pleasures in a solitary life. Cannot wait for the next installment. Have read that Camilleri has written the final installment some time ago, so he continues to taunt and tease his fans. Sicily remains yet another protagonist in this gritty series.
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