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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: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455182855
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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.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 1/30/2014

    " These are always so hard to rate a full star - they are definitely an acquired taste and Montalbano is an interesting character. Here he's not really investigating the theft of a bunch of investor's money and the disappearance of one (or maybe more) of those that worked in the office of the investment "company". Montalbano figures it out and, while it's not surprising to find who's involved and how at the end, it was creepy enough for sure. Once again, the supporting characters are the best part - Catarella, Fazio, Nicolo, et.al. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicki M | 1/19/2014

    " This is another excellent Montalbano story, in fact I'd say its the best one so far. the plot starts off very simple but as it gets towards the end it becomes much darker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 1/19/2014

    " I am working my way through this series and this one was as enjoyable as the others I have read. I like Camilleri's natural inclusion in the books of sex as a part of being alive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikee | 1/17/2014

    " One of the strangest books I've read in a long time. I couldn't tell if I loved it or hated it, but I know I want to read more. (OMG, I see that I made exactly the same comment about "Carte Blanche", which I read in April!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pattie | 12/31/2013

    " Not one of the best in the series, but all of the Inspector Montalbano mysteries are worth reading, if only for the way they transport you to Sicily and make you hungry for real Italian food. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 12/8/2013

    " It was good crime story, but somehow Montalbano's Italian way of being doesn't have a strong influence on me. The story went smoothly and it was just a quick read to fill the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Clark | 12/6/2013

    " One of my favorites in the series! Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Goodstein | 11/13/2013

    " Perfect beach book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Lee | 12/6/2012

    " ah! that slipped down like spaghetti and squid ink and baby octopus dumplings from Calogero's! now for my Montalbano box set! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Carella | 11/28/2012

    " I found this to be a delightful and humorous mystery, and I loved the frequent descriptions of Sicilian food. A good book for a beach or plane - I'd definitely read more of this series when I'm in the mood for something quick, light and fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 10/20/2012

    " The stories get better with each episode. I find myself wanting to eat baby octopus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 10/14/2012

    " Another good read in the Inspctor Montalbano mystery series by Andrea Camilleri. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 8/21/2012

    " magnificent! but why do the endings always leave such a bitter aftertaste? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Delta | 7/27/2012

    " A reread for me. Fast and fun read about an eccentric police inspector on Sicily. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 5/1/2012

    " I LOVE INSPECTOR GUIDO MONTALBANO! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lubos | 11/4/2011

    " Read it if you want to understand Sicily and sicilian people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 6/1/2011

    " Camileri continues to delight in this mystery which is never quite mysterious. One reads him for the quirkiness of his Sicilian characters, the wonderful description of food and Sicilian customs and the continuing saga of his main character, part policeman, part aging philosopher. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cecilia | 4/7/2011

    " Graças por Faulkner. Chegou no fim, mas salvou uma história que estava a ficar enfadonhamente previsível e levou-a a outro nível. De outro modo, salvo alguns apontamentos da escola europeia, quase fazia lembrar um argumento de uma das séries policiais dos anos 90. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 2/17/2011

    " Good. I just adore these books in audio format. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Libro Joven | 4/29/2010

    " Más aburrido que otros de Montalbano, y el final está pillado por los pelos. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 4/26/2010

    " One of my favorites in the series! Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Delta | 2/13/2010

    " A reread for me. Fast and fun read about an eccentric police inspector on Sicily. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 12/2/2009

    " Andrea Camilleri continues to make me buy the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 10/29/2009

    " It was good crime story, but somehow Montalbano's Italian way of being doesn't have a strong influence on me. The story went smoothly and it was just a quick read to fill the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 8/16/2009

    " magnificent! but why do the endings always leave such a bitter aftertaste? "

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About the Author
Author Andrea Camilleri

Andrea Camilleri is the author of the New York Times bestselling Inspector Montalbano mysteries as well as historical novels that take place in nineteenth-century Sicily. His books have been made into television shows in Italy and translated into thirty-two languages. His thirteenth Montalbano novel, The Potter’s Field, won the Crime Writers’ Association International Dagger Award and was long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.