August Heat (Inspector Montalbano Series #10)

August Heat (Inspector Montalbano Series #10)

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“The novels of Andrea Camilleri breathe out the sense of place, the sense of humor, and the sense of despair that fills the air of Sicily.” —Donna Leon 

When a colleague extends his summer vacation, Inspector Salvo Montalbano is forced to stay in Vigàta and endure the August heat. Montalbano's long-suffering girlfriend, Livia, joins him with a friend—husband and young son in tow—to keep her company during these dog days of summer. But when the boy suddenly disappears into a narrow shaft hidden under the family's beach rental, Montalbano, in pursuit of the child, uncovers something terribly sinister. As the inspector spends the summer trying to solve this perplexing case, Livia refuses to answer his calls-and Montalbano is left to take a plunge that will affect the rest of his life.

Fans of the Sicilian inspector as well as readers new to the popular series will enjoy following the melancholy but unflinchingly moral Montalbano as he undertakes one of the most shocking investigations of his career.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441721709
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Series: Inspector Montalbano Series , #10
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 6
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Andrea Camilleri is the bestselling author of the popular Inspector Montalbano Mystery series, as well as a number of historical novels that take place in Sicily. He lives in Italy.

Stephen Sartarelli is an award-winning translator and poet who lives in France.

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August Heat (Inspector Montalbano Series #10) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
jimv More than 1 year ago
If you like Donna Leon's stories with Commisario Brunetti and Venice you'll probably also like Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano stories centered in Sicily. A little more down to earth than Brunetti's world, Camilleri also gives you a flavor for the people, food, locale and social atmosphere in which Montalbano's life revolves. Keeps your interest from start to finish with several subplots and various twists and turns.
tututhefirst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The 10th in the Inspector Montalbano detective series, this was the perfect book to read in August. The scorching searing heat of Siciliy in the summer is something I've experienced first hand (twice!) and although Sicily is a spectacular vacation venue, I'm not going to plan my next trip in the summer months. Montalbano locates a beautiful seaside villa for a friend coming down from northern Italy, only to have the family discover that there are some serious defects in the building (like a dead body to begin with). His girlfriend Livia, as usual, becomes upset and goes home. Montalbano battles the heat, tries to solve the mystery of why the house is as it is (it's hard to describe the mysterious happenings without spoiling the story) and in the end detects the true culprit. His sidekick Catarella provides just the right touch of comic relief to make the book not only a good who dunnit, but an enjoyable and amusing read.
cathyskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Line: He was sleeping so soundly that not even cannon fire could have woken him.One of Inspector Montalbano's co-workers has extended his summer vacation, forcing Salvo to stay home and endure the August heat. Livia, Montalbano's girlfriend, joins him, bringing along a friend and the friend's husband and young son. Montalbano finds them a place on the beach and looks forward to lazy days at the office and lots of quality time with Livia.Unfortunately the house he found for the family to rent turns out to be a horror of biblical proportions-- with plagues of cockroaches, mice, spiders, and rain. The rain causes the ground to settle and a huge fissure to form. The couple's young boy goes exploring, gets caught down in the fissure and must be rescued. During the rescue, the body of a young girl is found. When Montalbano focuses on the the murder, Livia takes her friends and leaves Montalbano to his own devices. After the first few hours, I don't think he missed any of them.Once again, Montalbano seems intent on his own mortality. August Heat shows him at times lethargic, at times lustful, as he tracks down leads and interviews people. Most of the humor is in the first quarter of the book, and while I learned a lot about the building codes and construction companies of Sicily, the alibi of one of the main suspects was all too easily picked apart.Montalbano's gloom over the fact of his aging and his being led astray-- once again-- by a pretty woman is becoming tiresome old news. This is definitely not one of the best books in the series, but that's okay. A less than stellar outing by Andrea Camilleri is still miles above many other authors in the genre. He has created a landscape we can see, food that we can smell and taste, and people that we have come to care about as if they are members of our own families.Not every day is perfect for any person, real or imagined. It was August. It was miserably hot. It just wasn't one of Montalbano's better investigations. But a new day-- and new books-- are just over the horizon.
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
10th in the Inspector Montalbano series set in Sicily.As promised by the title, the heat is scorching. Livia has coerced Salvo into finding a beach rental villa for friends of hers, who have a little boy. When Montalbano visits them, the boy, a handful at best, manages to fall into an unused space below the villa that turns out to be an illegal apartment. After rescuing the boy, Montalbano notices a chest; naturally, he opens it--to find a nearly mummified body of a young girl, encased in plastic.The resulting investigation turns up suspects, each of whom has a more or less ironclad alibi. To add to his troubles, Montalbano¿s relationship with Livia is under strain, and Salvo is beginning to feel his age.The previous book, Paper Moon, was something of a disappointment, since it concentrated more on Montalbano¿s mid-life crisis than on any investigation. This book returns Salvo almost to form. The plot is very good, with interesting turns, and there is plenty of side commentary about the state of affairs in Italy (never good at the best of times). Always important in this series are the comprimario characters; Fazio, Montalbano¿s aide, who has been promoted to Inspector (Montalbano himself is a Chief Inspector); Dr.Pasquano, the irascible pathologist; the various idiotic bureaucrats who head up the Questura; and Catarella, the fumbling clown, who is a computer genius. As usual, the non-recurring characters are well portrayed. Steven Sartarelli, the translator, does an outstanding job of translating into idiomatic English while keeping the style and rhythm of Italian. It¿s not the strongest entry in the series, but is still an excellent read. Highly recommended.
mikedraper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Inspector Muntalbano's girlfriend asks him to find a summer home for her girlfriend and family.He finds a rental in the beach toen of Pizzo.Once the family moves in, the home turns into the rental from hell. There are cockroach infestations, spider and mice infestations and worse a body is found in the basement.Camilleri writes an amusing tale, it's not quite Inspector Clouseau but they could have been friends in a different life.
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4inmysteryreader More than 1 year ago
We've grown accustomed to Camilleri's voice, and he creates a wonderful and believable picture of the Inspector in his piece of Sicily. I hope that we can read more in this series and eventually see the adaptation on TV!
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