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The Scent of the Night Hardcover – 2007

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Product Details

  • Series: Montalbano 6 (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New Ed edition (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330442171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330442176
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,527,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Montalbano is one of my favorite policemen - very, very human in his many appetites, cantankerous and grouchy, but astute in his judgments and, of course, intuitive in crime-solving. This is his most thoughtful and provocative book yet. Descriptions of his meals make me want to board the next plane for Palermo! And three cheers for the excellent translation.
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I love mysteries. While I can be charmed by a cozy, the books that I want to own are the true mysteries that allow the reader to solve honestly presented clues, much preferably with a psychological insight that enhances the understanding of the crime. With the Montalbano series, it is the inspector's psyche that fascinates..he is cranky, moody, sometimes unfair but ruefully honest. His author swings from sentiment to cynacism (proving the cliche that to scratch a cynic is to find a romantic). What makes these books so savory is the quallity of writing. No extra words, no navel gazing, but with spare and sometimes painful accuracy, Camilleri captures a view of life that I think can only be modern Italian. You can see the (fictional) town, the light over the sea and the struggle for Montalbano to manage a romance (badly), a series of clues (very well) and the cultural assumptions that many of his insights rest upon. The whole series is worth collecting. Donna Leon has the detective we want to know (Inspector Brunetti) and I love to read. Camilleri has the detective who is entirely believable, even by a cynic. Less comfortable than Leon / Brunetti, but more realistic.
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"The Smell Of the Night" by Andrea Camilleri. Subtitled: "An Inspector Montalbano Mystery". Translated by Stephen Sartarelli. Penguin Books, 2005.

A scam artist goes missing. Did the Mafia get rid of him? Because they were jealous of his success? Or because this relatively new scam was tapping funds the Mafia would have wanted? Or, perhaps, it was time for the scam artist to reap the rewards (however ill-gotten) of his scam and despite the fact that the scam would hurt many older and poorer people. At first, Inspector Montalbano does not want to become involved with a missing person case. The particular case at hand looked like the scam artist had bailed out with the money and gone back to mainland Italy. Missing persons. Money scams. No Sicilians involved except (of course) the victims of the scam. Page 97: "Mimi asked him:' Would you please tell me why you're getting so worked up over the Gargano Case?' "

Two women! A young, cute lady who was the secretary and the older ...middle aged...good looking woman who was the office manager where the money was collected from the unsuspecting victims. Of course, murder is involved, and you'll be surprised to find out that Inspector Montalbano is an accomplished swimmer and free-diver. One body is found in the sea at the base of a cliff, but wait until you see who really got rid of the perpetuator of the scam, the initiator of the get-rich-scheme in Sicily, and where his body is found. Should Salvo Montalbano arrange the body so that the Mafia is blamed? "But he was a cop" (Page 220). All in all, this is an intriguing mystery, and, as usual, the title is not explained until you are three-fourths of the way through the book.
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This is a wonderful story, although it has a different kind of quality to it. It seems to be much more about Montalbano himself and his dealings with the darkness that is permeating everything. Of course Fazio, Catarella, and Mimi make their appearances, but this feels very Salvo-centric. And the ending exploded upon me without any realization that it was coming. It was shocking for that reason, and because of literally how the story ends: in an unexpected, abrupt and grim way. There is a lot of sadness in this story, and I am not quite sure what to do with that except start the next book and maybe it will be a big lighter. But first, I kind of want to read that Faulkner short story that Salvo starts to feel he's inside of.
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The Smell of the Night is probably the oddest title for a book that you'll find, but one of Montalbano's secrets is that he associates colors with smells. It is either that or the Inspector swims in the East River and not the Mediterranean outside his small apartment. Yes, our famous detective lives near the beach and he has an older woman who cooks and cleans for him and dotes on him. She leaves him notes. Heaven forbid if Salvo goes without food. Adelina makes sure that she leaves him caponata in the fridge. Oh, and don't wake up Salvo in the middle of the night. He is not very polite. Livia is angry with him in this one and Salvo is solving two mysteries this time. He is rather grumpy in this one. His world is falling apart and everyone around him takes the hit.
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I enjoyed the food references and looked up several of the dishes on the internet. Some sounded worth trying to make at home.
For me, the humor fell flat; others may enjoy it. I liked the setting, as I know nothing about Sicily.
All the main characters seemed well-drawn.
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I haven't read an Inspector Montalbano book that I did not like, this is number six in the series. The Montalbano character continues to grow and be developed, a truly good read. Nice twist at the end.
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