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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,204 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrea Camilleri Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries Release Date:
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The Smell of the Night, the sixth mystery in the international bestselling series featuring Inspector Montalbano, brings the shady shenanigans of late twentieth-century international finance to small-town Sicily.

Half the retirees in Vigáta have invested their savings with a financial wizard who has disappeared, along with their money and a young man who worked for him. As Montalbano investigates this labyrinthine financial scam, he finds himself at a serious disadvantage: a hostile superior has shut him out of the case, he’s on the outs with his lover Livia, and his cherished Sicily is turning so ruthless and vulgar that Montalbano wonders if any part of it is worth saving. As a result, he’s forced to work from the shadows.

Drenched with atmosphere and crackling with wit, The Smell of the Night is Camilleri at his most addictive.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Camilleri is as crafty and charming a writer as his protagonist is an investigator.”

    Washington Post

  • “Sly humor, an eye for beauty, a disdain for clichés and fools plus a first-rate intelligence make [Montalbano] formidable both as a detective and as a companion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A crisp, sassy series, even laugh-out-loud funny at moments, with a grounding of humanity that shows particularly at the end; Montalbano is a character worth getting to know.”

    Library Journal

  • “Camilleri’s hero may be more vulnerable now, but the series is richer than ever.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Helen | 2/15/2014

    " Love Montalbano. Unusually for me, have seen it on TV before reading the books. I think he's a more lively character in the books. Read this at the same time as "The dark heart of Italy" by Tobias Jones, and there were some similarities! I also like the food bits - some of the recipes sound delicious, others not (I don't think dumplings full of eyes sound very nice). I have had to read these out of order but I think this might be less important with Camilleri than with some other series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Victor Dicarlo | 2/7/2014

    " I've been watching the television series for a while and this is the first time I've read one of the books. I rather like the series and the book is a great accompaniment (or the other way round). The book, of course delves more deeply into Salvo's cullinary feasts. And the written translation of the Sicilian dialect is quite precious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Margareta Dahlin | 2/4/2014

    " Humorous, mouthwatering, scenic, thrilling, heartwarming ... A Montalbano at his best! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Valerie Williams | 2/3/2014

    " An Inspector Montalbano mystery, this book was translated from the Italian, which makes it charmingly clumsy on occasion, but it works. A good read - very funny, shows a different culture, and is effortless in creating an atmosphere. "

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