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The Smell of the Night
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The Smell of the Night
Inspector Montalbano Series, Book 6

The number of Inspector Montalbano fans will continue to grow with this ingenious new novel featuring the earthy and urbane Sicilian detective. Half the retirees in Vig'ata have invested their savings with a financial wizard who has disappeared, along with their money. 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. Drenched with atmosphere, crackling with wit, The Smell of the Night is Camilleri at his most addictive.

The number of Inspector Montalbano fans will continue to grow with this ingenious new novel featuring the earthy and urbane Sicilian detective. Half the retirees in Vig'ata have invested their savings with a financial wizard who has disappeared, along with their money. 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. Drenched with atmosphere, crackling with wit, The Smell of the Night is Camilleri at his most addictive.

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    Table of Contents

    Title Page

    Copyright Page


    Chapter 1

    Chapter 2

    Chapter 3

    Chapter 4

    Chapter 5

    Chapter 6

    Chapter 7

    Chapter 8

    Chapter 9

    Chapter 10

    Chapter 11

    Chapter 12

    Chapter 13

    Chapter 14

    Chapter 15

    Chapter 16


    Author's Note

    Notes

    Praise for Andrea Camilleri and the Montalbano series

    "The idiosyncratic Montalbano is totally endearing."

    —The New York Times


    "Like Mike Hammer or Sam Spade, Montalbano is the kind of guy who can't stay out of trouble.... Still, deftly and lovingly translated by Stephen Sartarelli, Camilleri makes it abundantly clear that under the gruff, sardonic exterior our inspector has a heart of gold, and that any outbursts, fumbles or threats are made only in the name of pursuing truth."

    The Nation


    "Once again, violence is muted, complications rule, politics roil, but humor ... prevail[s] in the end, Italy is good to visit, even if only in print. And what better way to shorten a flight to Palermo than by gobbling this tasty snack along the way?"

    Los Angeles Times


    "[Camilleri's mysteries] offer quirky characters, crisp dialogue, bright storytelling—and Salvo Montalbano, one of the most engaging protagonists in detective fiction.... Montalbano is a delightful creation, an honest man on Sicily's mean streets."

    USA Today


    "The Montalbano mysteries offer cose dolci to the world-lit lover hankering for a whodunit."

    —The Village Voice


    "The reading of these little gems is fast and fun every step of the way."

    The New York Sun


    "Wittily translated from the savory Italian, Camilleri's mysteries ... feature the sardonic Inspector Salvo Montalbano, whose gustatory adventures are at least as much fun as his crime solving."

    Rocky Mountain News


    "Camilleri once again thrills with his fluid storytelling and quirky characters."

    -Publishers Weekly

    A PENGUIN MYSTERY

    THE SMELL OF THE NIGHT

    Andrea Camilleri is the author of many books, including his Montalbano series, which has been adapted for Italian television and translated into nine languages. He lives in Rome.


    Stephen Sartarelli is an award-winning translator. He is also the author of three books of poetry, most recently The Open Vault.

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    First published in Penguin Books 2005


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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 24, 2005
    An intricate plot and a large cast of memorable characters help lift the sixth Inspector Montalbano mystery from Camilleri (The Snack Thief
    , etc.). When a ragioniere
    (financier) disappears with millions of lire after defrauding many investors in a pyramid scheme, the middle-aged Sicilian detective uses both official and unofficial channels, as the mood takes him, to form, test and eventually prove his own theories. The fun is in the process, as Montalbano flouts the law on occasion, tweaks his superiors, badgers his associates and wheedles information from various sources. The endearing inspector is, by his own admission, both glutton and gourmand, and the meals prepared for him both at home and in restaurants are large, frequent and lavish. Sly humor, an eye for beauty, a disdain for clichés and fools plus a first-rate intelligence make him formidable both as a detective and as a companion.

  • Library Journal

    December 1, 2005
    When smooth-talking -financier - Emanuale Gargano disappears along with the pensioners' savings he's been investing, Sicilian inspector Salvo Montalbano ("The Snack Thief") figures Gargano is either lounging with beautiful women on a tropical isle or feeding the fishes, courtesy of the Mafia. But Gargano's young male associate also is missing, and the inspector learns that both men are gay. Meanwhile, pensioners clamor for their savings, and Montalbano outfoxes his supervising commissioner on a personal matter while bickering with his lover Livia by telephone. 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. Camilleri lives in Rome.

    Copyright 2005 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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