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“…one of the best installments in the entire Inspector Montalbano series.” — The New York Journal of Books

About the Author

Andrea Camilleri is an internationally bestselling author. He lives in Rome.
Stephen Sartarelli is an award-winning translator and poet. He lives in France.
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Product Details

  • Series: Inspector Montalbano
  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Original edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143120131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143120131
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 3, 2011
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Inspector Montalbano devotes most of his time in this book to long lunches, slow driving, unofficial inquiries, evasive maneuvers, avoidance of duty and irresponsible acts. He's nearing retirement age and tells himself he's getting ready to fade out. But in truth, he's much sharper than any of his young officers.

A bag containing a dismembered body is found in a field. The owner sells the clay in his field to potters, so you could call it a potter's field. There's a biblical allusion here, but I'll leave it to you to figure it out. Better yet, read the book!

The delicious complexity of the plot creeps up on you, so I won't say anything about it. I was only calmly interested for a while but finally got inextricably caught up.

In this book we watch Inspector Montalbano shed crocodile tears and real tears. We see him at odds with his own detectives. We watch his appetite go from poor to ravenous and back, more than once. He's subjected to the allure of a spectacularly gorgeous young woman and the mature charms of an old lover. He examines his conscience and is startled by what he finds.

In other words, this book, like every Montalbano mystery, is a feast of surging Sicilian emotions interspersed with mouthwatering Sicilian dishes that we eat vicariously with the inspector. Comic moments abound. And Montalbano's excitable assistant Catarella has plenty of opportunities to garble messages and barge explosively through doors.

If you're only just discovering Andrea Camilleri, I envy you. You have all his books ahead of you. I'd suggest reading every one. If you're a Montalbano fan, I think you'll be quite delighted with this latest arrival. I was.
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Another witty and entertaining ramble with Inspector Salvo Montalbano through the criminal peccadilloes and charms of Sicily. "The Potter's Field" provides a clever mystery plot, terrific characters and a continuing insightful look at Sicilian culture and society, which only nominally resembles its Italian counterparts (according to author Andrea Camilleri, at least).

In "The Potter's Field", Inspector Montalbano faces a murder case that begins with the discovery of a chopped up body in a bag; a mini-rebellion and malaise at his police station; and the daily personal struggles with the human aging process. The strongest part of this fine crime novel is, as always with author Camilleri, the interplay of the wonderfully colorful characters. There are times when you can imagine Fellini orchestrating this rich mix. The procedural element of the story is relatively transparent, but Montalbano's deductions and moves toward solving the central crime of the book are not, and therefore the book's conclusion(s)--to the reader's pleasure--is invisible until the last few pages.

This book has it all--an intelligent and engrossing plot, great characters and entertaining cultural notes (Montalbano is a gourmand whose many encounters with Sicilian cuisine are recorded by the author in minute detail). Highly recommended.
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This is a wonderful book. The detective piece of it is terrific, as excellent as any of the Montalbano books. The emotional piece of it is unusually satisfying. This was actually a bit unusual for a Montalbano story, in that they can be a bit bleak, at least in overall effect. This one, on the other hand, was glorious. I have just this minute finished it, and the world looks a lot brighter than it did.

A fabulous detective story and novel.
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The Potter's Field shows the author at the top of his game. Inspector Montalbano is getting older as the series progresses, but he has not lost his edge. He needs that because not only is the crime he is trying to solve so complicated, but he also has a serious problem with one of his direct reports that may or may not have a bearing on the crime.

One has always been able to read these books on two levels. The first is just to treat the book as another police procedural novel, albeit one of very high quality. The other way is to see it as a meditation on Sicilian society as well as the irony of becoming more insightful about life as our bodies age and we face the back end of life.

The Potter's Field delves into this second way to read the books better than any other book in the series. We still have all the wonderful characters in Montalbano's professional and personal life. But Camilleri has really devised a couple of plot lines which exceed his recent works.

I loved this book and could not put it down. You won't be able to either.
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After plowing through a densely plotted nail-biter whodunit in the 400+ page range, it was a real treat to revisit the great Inspector Salvo Montalbano, who can be counted on to provide a Sicilian detective story with a sense of humor, a cast of interesting characters and a clever, well crafted and believable plot that can be read in a day.

In this one, Montalbano and his cohort find themselves knee deep in the mud in a field where a bagful of carved up human remains that are well nigh unidentifiable--fingertips gone, face battered beyond recognition, etc.--has just been found. In other words, it seems to have all the marks of a Mafia hit. And yet, for reasons he can't explain, Montalbano senses there's more to it than that. Luckily, he'll happen upon a clue to that conundrum in a book written a few years back by Andrea Camilleri that he'd never gotten around to reading. (You can find out which one in the Notes at the back of the book.)

In the course of all this, one of his detectives goes off the rails and a gorgeous woman who can't seem to keep her hands off any man, including Montalbano, comes into the picture, along with a dying don, a butcher, a monarchist landlady and a dental bridge from South America. Meanwhile, after nearly drowning, a depressed Montalbano concludes that "Mature, elderly, of a certain age, no longer young, getting on in years: [are] all ways to soften but not change an essential fact--that he was getting unavoidably, irremediably old."

Well, maybe so, but those little gray cells of his are still in fine form. Women still find him sexy. And this case is one of his best.
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