When a colleague extends his summer vacation, Inspector Salvo Montalbano is forced to stay in Vigàta and endure the August heat. Montalbanos long-suffering girlfriend, Livia, joins him with a friendhusband and young son in towto keep her company during these dog days of summer. But when the boy suddenly disappears into a narrow shaft hidden under the familys 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 callsand 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 this increasingly popular series will enjoy following the melancholy but unflinchingly moral Montalbano as he undertakes one of the most shocking investigations of his career.
By Alvaro Lewis "jwatson5" - February 25, 2009
This Camilleri mystery may not be the place to start for those just arriving on the scene because the investigation is a darker one, involving a murdered adolescent, and because Montalbano himself makes some decisions that serial readers will consider surprising but newer readers may not appreciate as shockingly anomalous. Camilleri does not disappoint. We readers continue our education in Sicilian manners and mannerisms, this time with an emphasis on building codes and almost unendurable summer heat. Montalbano enjoys a couple of good meals, defies bureaucracy, drinks whisky, repeatedly swims into the ever more polluted sea, and, in spite of his best intentions, continues to flounder in his romantic life with long-time love Livia. The murder case itself is unraveled precipitously close to the conclusion of the book but there is further excitement at the end here since the ramifications of Inspector Montalbano's behavior, only in part attributable to his aging, must certainly be dealt... read more
Some like it hot
By Leonard Fleisig "Len" - August 20, 2009
But not Inspector Montalbano. It is August in Sicily and Salvo Montalbano is not only wilting under the hot summer son but he's also beginning to get the `middle-aged' blues. To make matters worse, his girl friend Livia has decided to visit. That wouldn't be so bad except she has invited another family to accompany them and has instructed Montalbano to do the impossible: rent a summer beach house on the Sicilian coast without any prior notice. He manages, grudgingly, to find a beach house but when the guests arrive their young son disappears within steps of the beach house. What Montalbano uncovers during his search for the child and his subsequent investigation into that discovery forms the plot for Andrea Camilleri's "August Heat".
August Heat is the tenth in a series of Inspector Montalbano stories. Set in the fictional town of Vigata, Sicily, the series for me has always been marked by the larger-than life personality of Inspector Montalbano. Montalbano is a very... read more
Too Hot Not to Cool Down?
By C. Nicholls - June 25, 2009
Something dire has happened in Montelusa: Montalbano finds himself fighting for his survival. How will he escape this flat-footed, contrived plot and live to fight another day? All the majesterial depths of the other Montalbano books, treasured for the subtlties of plotting, the corrosive political issues raised, the well-rounded main characters, and set against that enchanted landscape, which have made Camillieri the biggest selling Sicilian writer since Giuseppi Tomasi di Lampedusa, have been kidnapped, tortured and cruelly slain. Be prepared for utter disappointment. You know an author is in trouble when he starts playing for cheap laughs. By wheeling the inept Catarella to centre stage in this plodding novel, with his repeating 'poisonally in poison' over and over again until I thought I'd weep, the irksomeness of what was originally a brilliant comic turn (and cleverly translated by Sartarelli into Brooklynese)took it's toll and I began to wonder if this book was... read more
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