The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)

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The goats of Vigata once grazed on the trash-strewn site still known as the Pasture. Now local enterprise of a different sort flourishes: drug dealers and prostitutes of every flavour. But their discreet trade is upset when two employees of the Splendour Refuse Collection Company discover the body of engineer Silvio Luparello, one of the local movers and shakers, apparently deceased in flagrante at the Pasture. The coroner's verdict is death from natural causes - refreshingly unusual for Sicily.

But Inspector Salvo Montalbano, as honest as he is streetwise and as scathing to fools and villains as he is compassionate to their victims, is not ready to close the case - even though he's being pressured by Vigata's police chief, judge, and bishop.

Picking his way through a labyrinth of high-comedy corruption, delicious meals, vendetta firepower, and carefully planted false clues, Montalbano can be relied on, whatever the cost, to get to the heart of the matter.

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...writes with such vigour and wit...with the additional advantage of conveying an insider's sense of authenticity. -- Sunday Times, July 2003

A book about sudden death that makes you feel good. -- Maxim Jakubowski in The Guardian, April 2003

His way with words is witty and cutting. The narrative is cool, becoming more deadpan as the suspense increases. -- Good Book Guide, May 2003

This sly and witty novel... is funny and intriguing with a fluent translation... -- Peter Gutteridge in The Observer, May 2003

About the Author:

Andrea Camilleri is one of Italy’s most famous contemporary writers. The Montalbano mysteries have been best-sellers all over Europe. He lives in Rome.

Stephen Sartarelli is a poet and translator. He lives in France.

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