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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,121 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrea Camilleri Narrator: Grover Gardne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries Release Date:
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The earthy and urbane Sicilian detective Inspector Montalbano casts his spell on more and more fans with each new mystery from Andrea Camilleri.

While swimming along the Sicilian shore, Inspector Montalbano discovers a corpse. His pursuit of the cause of death intersects with the inquiry into a hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a young boy who may have been victimized by human traffickers. The buying and selling of immigrant children, for slave labor, sex, and as a source of illegal organ transplants, is part of the evil underside of the opening of Europe’s borders. That, combined with frustration with his department’s repressive handling of security for the G8 summit in Genoa and the corruption among his superiors and the politicians behind them, makes setting anything right seem like an exercise in futility. Montalbano alternates between despair and steely resolve, and when he realizes that he may have inadvertently aided the boy’s victimizers, his internal turmoil intensifies.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Camilleri’s gripping seventh Inspector Montalbano mystery successfully integrates serious political themes with a hero reminiscent of Colin Dexter’s beloved Inspector Morse…Despite Camilleri’s hard look at modern-day slavery and child abuse, he maintains Montalbano’s gallows humor, making this far from a run-of-the-mill police procedural.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Having narrated several of the Inspector Montalbano mysteries, Grover Gardner is thoroughly comfortable in the persona of the feisty middle-aged Sicilian detective. Here Montalbano considers retiring, goes for a relaxing swim, and comes face-to-face with a corpse. He’s also dealing with possible child trafficking in his jurisdiction. Though his Italian is impeccable, Gardner elects to define the characters through their personalities rather than give them Sicilian accents. He’s particularly adept at bringing out Montalbano’s humorous side as well as his frustration with the pervasive corruption he sees. Add a strong-willed mistress and an office full of independent fellow police, and you have a fast-moving and affecting audio story.”


  • “Unlike other authors who dramatize both the ugly racism and unfathomable evil that too often accompany an immigrant’s journey, Camilleri masterfully mixes tragedy and comedy by showing us Montalbano’s laughably human foibles and excesses, from his continuing hunger for a good meal and his bumbling efforts to sustain a romantic relationship through his compassionate if often misguided attempts to deal with his subordinates. Ordinary life goes on, even in the face of extraordinary horror.”


  • “A worthy addition to a smart, entertaining series.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cherie | 2/4/2014

    " What's not to like about this cranky, sensitive, Sicilian police investigator and his love of good food. Camilleri and his translator are great reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peter | 1/29/2014

    " Rounding the Mark is one of the Inspector Montalbano Mysteries by Andrea Camilleri which capture intensely the flavour, atmosphere and culture of Sicily. There is something about Italian mysteries that I need to dwell on further some day...filled with intriguing characters, great food and drink, a distinct take on life and steeped in a backdrop of conspiracy. This novel which deals with the traffic of children, illegal immigration and the corruption of police and politicians alternates between marvelous vignettes of the police at work and Montalbano in life. Montalbano is a truly conflicted individual who wrestles with justice, loyalty, emotion and the idea of a life well lived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessica | 1/22/2014

    " A decent mystery, but lacking the wry humor that sets the series apart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shannon | 1/19/2014

    " While this story was not very involved - quite a unique writing style - with the set up, it certainly gets its points across regarding human trafficking and the horrid people that practice it. This time, while Montalbano is on a "float" in the sea by his house, he finds a body that appears to have been a floater for quite some time. Through a quick autopsy, a chance midnight interaction with a group of refugees, and some questions of identity of the corpse, Montalbano regroups with Ingrid and the core group of his men and they work to put a dent in an organized crime group working in the area. While the human trafficking is a serious topic, there are several points in this story where I was laughing out loud - I just love how the characters of Augello, Fazio and Catarella meld in the story. . .this series is an acquired taste and I can understand why some wouldn't like it but it is indeed fun to read. "

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