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Rounding the Mark Paperback – July 25, 2006
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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 ›
_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!
Reading this sort of makes me miss the movies, which are (at least in my memory) lighter. Sunnier. Funnier. This is a sad story about a dreadful event.
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If you've never read Camilleri, you need to be warned. He is addictive, and "Mark" is like mainlining him. One of the best of I don't know how many in the series. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Donald R. Emery
love this book. Camilleri has a wonderful way of telling you a story and describing characters. Especially the charismatic detective Montalbano. Read morePublished 8 months 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 8 months ago by Maia
A bit heart-wrenching but unfortunately very realistic, just love Montalbano and the regular humor in each bookPublished 13 months ago by Patricia