The Shape of Water
Andrea Camilleri's novels starring Inspector Montalbano have become an international sensation and have been translated from Italian into eight languages, ranging from Dutch to Japanese. The Shape of Water is the first book in this sly, witty, and engaging series with its sardonic take on... show more
Andrea Camilleri's novels starring Inspector Montalbano have become an international sensation and have been translated from Italian into eight languages, ranging from Dutch to Japanese. The Shape of Water is the first book in this sly, witty, and engaging series with its sardonic take on Sicilian life. Early one morning, Silvio Lupanello, a big shot in the village of Vigàta, is found dead in his car with his pants around his knees. The car happens to be parked in a rough part of town frequented by prostitutes and drug dealers, and as the news of his death spreads, the rumors begin. Enter Inspector Salvo Montalbano, Vigàta's most respected detective. With his characteristic mix of humor, cynicism, compassion, and love of good food, Montalbano goes into battle against the powerful and the corrupt who are determined to block his path to the real killer. This funny and fast-paced Sicilian page-turner will be a delicious discovery for mystery afficionados and fiction lovers alike.
Publish date: May 31st 2005
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Mystery Thriller
, Cozy Mystery
, Italian Literature
Series: Inspector Montalbano (#1)
The Shape of Water was an interesting book. I think it's the first Italian mystery I've read, and there was a casualness about it that I liked. People and lifestyles, choices and decisions were all just sort of taken at face value. There was no judgement of morality or of right and wrong like the...
Subtle. One of the only murder mysteries that I have read that is much more interested in the “why” than the “who” and “how.” Intelligent humor. Maybe a bit smart for me. When the narrator or characters describe someone or something as being like a painting by an painter that I have never hear...
Love the fact that this has not only an author's note, but also some notes from the translator at the end explaining some of the turns of phrase, hidden meanings, and all that stuff that you'd really only understand if you were a local. A nice change of pace from US/UK type mysteries.
Ein unterhaltsamer Krimi mit einer überraschenden Auflösung. Nett zum Zwischendurchlesen :)
I really wanted to like this but the whole book just seemed awkward. I think because this was a translation phrases and other things about this book were awkward. This is supposed to be the first book in the series but to me it felt like I had jumped in the middle of the series. There were things ab...