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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,954 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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Inspector Montalbano’s latest case begins with a mysterious tête à tête with a Mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned loot from a supermarket heist, and some dying words that lead him to an illegal arms cache in a mountain cave. There the inspector finds two young lovers, dead for fifty years and still embracing, watched over by a life-sized terra-cotta dog. Montalbano’s passion to solve this old crime takes him on a journey through Sicily’s past and into a family’s dark heart amidst the horrors of World War II bombardment.

Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano has garnered millions of fans worldwide with his sardonic take on Sicilian life. With sly wit and a keen understanding of human nature, Montalbano is a detective whose earthiness, compassion, and imagination make him totally irresistible.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In Sicily, where people do things as they please, Inspector Montalbano is a bona fide folk hero.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Montalbano can discuss a pointy-headed book like Western Attitudes toward Death as unflinchingly as he can pore over crime-scene snuff photos. He throws together an extemporaneous lunch…as gracefully as he dodges advances from attractive women.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Both farcical and endearing, Montalbano is a cross between Columbo and Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, with the added culinary ideosyncracies of an Italian Maigret.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A deep evocation of the Sicilian temperament, with all its complex darkness and ambiguity, is embodied in Inspector Salvo Montalbano…Camilleri writes in Sicilian dialect, and his translator has expertly captured the rhythms and nuances of that tongue in English.”


  • “Montalbano’s deadpan drollery and sharp observations refresh as much for their honesty as their wit. All he wants is a quiet corner and an uninterrupted afternoon.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paula | 2/15/2014

    " Great plot. I had trouble with the writting style until I got swept up in the story. I'll read another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Megan | 2/11/2014

    " The Terra-Cotta Dog had the lightness and wit that was missing in the first book in the series, The Shape of Water. Inspector Montalbano is a tough nut to crack, but if you can cook properly he will look at you with the eyes of a puppy brought in from the rain. So charming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janna Rademacher | 2/8/2014

    " Laugh out loud funny and a great, foreign setting. Inspector Montalbano is rude, petty, and wonderful! A perfect choice when you need a break from the really dark mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nicola | 1/29/2014

    " I foind this bbok very slow and confusing at the biginning - not helped by only listening to it in the car. But about 1/2 way through it picked up and was enjoyable to the very end... "

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