The Terra-cotta Dog

The Terra-cotta Dog

An Inspector Montalbano Mystery

Book - 2002
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Montalbano's latest case begins with a mysterious tete a tete with a Mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned loot from a supermarket heist, and some dying words that lead him to an illegal arms cache in a mountain cave. There the inspector finds two young lovers, dead for fifty years and still embracing, watched over by a life-sized terra-cotta dog. Montalbano's passion to solve this old crime takes him on a journey through Sicily's past and into a family's dark heart amidst the horrors of World War II bombardment. Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano has garnered millions of fans worldwide with his sardonic take on Sicilian life. With sly wit and a keen understanding of human nature, Montalbano is a detective whose earthiness, compassion, and imagination make him totally irresistible
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2002, c1996
ISBN: 9780670031382
0670031380
Branch Call Number: MYS Cami
Characteristics: 340 p
Additional Contributors: Sartarelli, Stephen 1954-

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Dec 21, 2015

One of the best things about this series as translated by Stephen Sartarelli, is the inclusion of uniquely Italian sayings in the back of the book. If you don't know the language, you'll need to flip back to the notes to understand everything completely.

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htliang
Apr 20, 2015

Andrea Camilleri is a gifted writer. He can smoothly move from portraying vivid scenery to describing hilarious actions performed by inept policemen to communicating the taste of mouth-watering Sicilian fish dishes. Who else could come up with a skeletal old priest who drinks milk from baby bottles?

I was completely captivated by this novel. The super-intelligent Inspector Montalbano finds himself involved in mysteries both young and old...I can't wait to read the next in the series.

JCLKatyW Jul 17, 2013

I liked this book better than the first Montalbano book. I am not really quite sure why, but I think it helped that I was more familiar with his writing style and characters. I especially liked the part that dealt with the WWII case, which took longer than I excepted to get to in the book. Terra-Cotta Dog feels authentically Sicilian. I really loved how Montalbano, a normally confident man, did not like doing press conferences and did not want a promotion. These personality quarks help to make Montalbano unique.

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mbssmith
Feb 14, 2013

This was a really well written mystery. I really enjoyed the pacing and how everything was revealed. Not a bad ending either!

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