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Andrea Camilleri's novels starring Inspector Montalbano have become an international sensation and have been translated from Italian into eight languages, ranging from Dutch to Japanese. The Shape of Water is the first book in this sly, witty, and engaging series with its sardonic take on Sicilian life.

Early one morning, Silvio Lupanello, a big shot in the village of Vigàta, is found dead in his car with his pants around his knees. The car happens to be parked in a rough part of town frequented by prostitutes and drug dealers, and as the news of his death spreads, the rumors begin. Enter Inspector Salvo Montalbano, Vigàta's most respected detective. With his characteristic mix of humor, cynicism, compassion, and love of good food, Montalbano goes into battle against the powerful and the corrupt who are determined to block his path to the real killer. This funny and fast-paced Sicilian page-turner will be a delicious discovery for mystery afficionados and fiction lovers alike.

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The Shape of Water
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What a disappointment
August 11th, 2014
I wonder if the writing is as pedestrian in Italian as it is in translation? I suspect the translator is very unimaginative. Plotting is OK and characterization minimal.
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July 20th, 2013
Good crime read filled with good Sicilian food. 1st of Camilleri's Detective Montalbani stories. Not complicated but, just like calia e simenza, very satisfying.
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