- Series: Inspector Montalbano Mystery
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; First Printing edition (April 24, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143112031
- ISBN-13: 978-0143112037
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Patience of the Spider (Inspector Montalbano Mystery) Paperback – April 24, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Camilleri's agreeable eighth contemporary police procedural featuring the crotchety but insightful Inspector Montalbano finds the Italian detective at home in Marinella enjoying the ministrations of his wife, Livia, after he was shot by a child trafficker in 2006's Rounding the Mark. But his recuperation is hampered by the demands of a new case: the abduction of Susanna Mistretta, an attractive university student and daughter of a geologist. Unable to trust his colleagues to handle the case properly, Montalbano focuses on subtle anomalies—such as the direction the missing girl's motorbike was pointed—that suggest the kidnapping is more than the simple extortion attempt it appears to be. The witty writing and acerbic protagonist should appeal to fans of Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse. (May)
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On the mend from the gunshot wound he sustained at the conclusion of Rounding the Mark (2006), police inspector Salvo Montalbano is called back to work when the kidnapping of a young woman rocks the insular Sicilian community of Vigata. As Montalbano becomes intrigued with the case, he gradually feels himself start to reengage with the rest of humanity, though the almost metaphysical lethargy that has been weighing on his soul will not dislodge easily. Camilleri seems more interested here in Montalbano's inner turmoil--including the inspector's reactions to his strained relationship with his lover, Livia--than he is with the kidnapping story. That's just as well, really, because the main plot this time is not nearly as meaty as in past episodes. But the focus of this consistently entertaining series has always been more on character than mystery, and although this installment is, at best, a transitional episode, it still delivers what fans have come to expect: a perfectly blended mix of comedy and melancholy, and a hero whose joie de vivre is perpetually under siege from an absurd world. Bill Ott
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Could it be that the kidnappers think Antonio would pay up to get his niece back? Ha! Could the townspeople and the local media embarrass him into it? Inspector Salvio Montalbano is at home with his Livia, recovering from a gunshot wound to his shoulder from his last case, when the call to duty comes in. How will the spider in his backyard bush contribute to Montalbano's solution to this puzzler?
Among my favorite Montalbano mysteries so far.
do yourself a favor and start with #1 in the series, "the shape of water" (1994 italy; 2002 english translation). camilleri references previous stories frequently and it's a reader's grace note to follow character development and place-setting along with the writer. you'll eventually arrive here and beyond (there are currently 16 in english).
if you're just in the mood for delight, this is another of your 16 choices.
But a kidnapping and ransom bring out of seclusion to use his unique methods, thoughts and insights to aid the police investigating the kidnapping. If you love Andrea Camilleri's books you will love this one too.
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Like the description of the food immensely. A Camilleri/Montalbano cookbook would be welcome.