August Heat

August Heat

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780143114055
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sartarelli, Stephen 1954-


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Aug 02, 2017

If you have read all the series up to this one you'll agree that this was not one Camilleri's best...but a good summer read all the same.

Dec 14, 2015

I started and finished this book while on a six hour flight. It was the perfect choice of reading material...funny, full of atmosphere, lots of Sicilian cuisine described in detail, and great characters.

Inspector Montalbano's girlfriend, Livia, comes to visit him during the hottest month of the summer. She brings along some friends who stay in a beach house that Montalbano chooses for them. First comes an invasion of cockroaches, then mice, then spiders. Finally, the couple's three-year old son goes missing (along with the cat brought in to control the mice). When he is finally discovered, something else is discovered as well - a corpse.

Another great story by one of my favorite authors, Andrea Camilleri.

Aug 09, 2015

Decent prose. Some of the plot is a bit strained. FATAL FLAW: male sex fantasy of a gorgeous young woman coming on to middle-aged detective; still stupid after it turns out to be a plot device

Sep 23, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Is it still summer? May I still indulge in mysteries? "He sat outside until eleven o'clock reading a good detective novel... in his mind Montalbano dedicated the book to all those who did not deign to read mystery novels because, in their opinion, they were only entertaining puzzles." p. 113-114

We've been put on notice: something serious is being discussed here. Still, I didn't see it coming. The last page left me feeling so sad. Our self-reflective hero is weak but even more distressingly, a parallel is drawn with depravity. Both murders occur in the same location. The actors are almost the same. Both premeditated and both are crimes born of passion. They both involve deception.

Please, someone, tell me I'm wrong. This is so sad.

Jan 09, 2012

This book is #10 in the Inspector Salvo Montalbano series. This one has a good overall story, but the author seemed to be at a loss for how to make the book long enough and the result that there are way too many segments about getting away from the summer heat by swimming or by stripping down and locking the office door and discussions of dripping clothes etc.; also, one could easily see through at least parts of the story even when trying not to do so; but at least the myriad food bits are relatively short and easy to skip around; and I did not see the ending coming, which saved things at least a bit; this book contains a bit of a paean to the writing skills of the highly-aclaimed Swedish writing team of Sjöwall and Wahlöö from the 1960s


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