The patience of the spider

Andrea Camilleri

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Published
New York : Penguin Books 2007.
Language
English
Italian
Item Description
Originally published in Italian in 2004.
"An Inspector Montalbano mystery"--Cover.
Physical Description
244 p.
ISBN
0143112031
9780143112037
Main Author
Andrea Camilleri (-)
Other Authors
Stephen Sartarelli, 1954- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

On the mend from the gunshot wound he sustained at the conclusion of Rounding the Mark (2006), police inspector Salvo Montalbano is called back to work when the kidnapping of a young woman rocks the insular Sicilian community of Vigata. As Montalbano becomes intrigued with the case, he gradually feels himself start to reengage with the rest of humanity, though the almost metaphysical lethargy that has been weighing on his soul will not dislodge easily. Camilleri seems more interested here in Montalbano's inner turmoil--including the inspector's reactions to his strained relationship with his lover, Livia--than he is with the kidnapping story. That's just as well, really, because the main plot this time is not nearly as meaty as in past episodes. But the focus of this consistently entertaining series has always been more on character than mystery, and although this installment is, at best, a transitional episode, it still delivers what fans have come to expect: a perfectly blended mix of comedy and melancholy, and a hero whose joie de vivre is perpetually under siege from an absurd world. ((Reviewed May 1, 2007)) Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

A wound can damage more than just the body, as Sicilian inspector Salvo Montalbano learns when he continues to awaken at the exact time he was shot in the shoulder weeks earlier (in Rounding the Mark ). Still convalescing in the care of his lover, Livia, he's called back to help solve the kidnapping of university student Susanna Mistretta, an only child whose mother is dying. When a ransom far above Susanna's parents' means is demanded, it's made clear that the money must come from her uncle, a man with political ambitions who gained his wealth through shady means. Canny Montalbano eventually discovers that an unasked question is his key to solving the case. And in doing so, Montalbano finds himself rested, serene, revived, and sated, despite his awareness of advancing years and acknowledgement that, though Livia brightens his house, both of them are relieved when she leaves. In his eighth outing, the inspector may be aging, but he's still at the top of his game.—Michele Leber, Arlington, VA [Page 59]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Camilleri's agreeable eighth contemporary police procedural featuring the crotchety but insightful Inspector Montalbano finds the Italian detective at home in Marinella enjoying the ministrations of his wife, Livia, after he was shot by a child trafficker in 2006's Rounding the Mark . But his recuperation is hampered by the demands of a new case: the abduction of Susanna Mistretta, an attractive university student and daughter of a geologist. Unable to trust his colleagues to handle the case properly, Montalbano focuses on subtle anomalies—such as the direction the missing girl's motorbike was pointed—that suggest the kidnapping is more than the simple extortion attempt it appears to be. The witty writing and acerbic protagonist should appeal to fans of Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse. (May) [Page 70]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Struggling to recover from the gunshot wound he suffered in Rounding the Mark, Sicilian Inspector Montalbano must put aside his self-doubt and the consequences of his self-imposed seclusion as he pursues the strangest villain of his career. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The latest mystery in Andrea Camilleri?s internationally bestselling Inspector Montalbano series Winning fans in Europe and America for their dark sophistication and dry humor, Andrea Camilleri?s crime novels are classics of the genre. Set once again in Sicily, The Patience of the Spider pits Inspector Montalbano against his greatest foe yet: the weight of his own years. Still recovering from the gunshot wound he suffered in Rounding the Mark, he must overcome self-imposed seclusion and waxing self-doubt to penetrate a web of hatred and secrets in pursuit of the strangest culprit he?s ever hunted. A mystery unlike any other, this emotionally taut story brings the Montalbano saga to a captivating crossroads.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“You either love Andrea Camilleri or you haven’t read him yet. Each novel in this wholly addictive, entirely magical series, set in Sicily and starring a detective unlike any other in crime fiction, blasts the brain like a shot of pure oxygen. Aglow with local color, packed with flint-dry wit, as fresh and clean as Mediterranean seafood — altogether transporting. Long live Camilleri, and long live Montalbano.” A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window Winning fans in Europe and America for their dark sophistication and dry humor, Andrea Camilleri's crime novels are classics of the genre. Set once again in Sicily, The Patience of the Spider pits Inspector Montalbano against his greatest foe yet: the weight of his own years. Still recovering from the gunshot wound he suffered in Rounding the Mark, he must overcome self-imposed seclusion and waxing self-doubt to penetrate a web of hatred and secrets in pursuit of the strangest culprit he's ever hunted. A mystery unlike any other, this emotionally taut story brings the Montalbano saga to a captivating crossroads.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

“You either love Andrea Camilleri or you haven’t read him yet. Each novel in this wholly addictive, entirely magical series, set in Sicily and starring a detective unlike any other in crime fiction, blasts the brain like a shot of pure oxygen. Aglow with local color, packed with flint-dry wit, as fresh and clean as Mediterranean seafood — altogether transporting. Long live Camilleri, and long live Montalbano.” A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window Winning fans in Europe and America for their dark sophistication and dry humor, Andrea Camilleri?s crime novels are classics of the genre. Set once again in Sicily, The Patience of the Spider pits Inspector Montalbano against his greatest foe yet: the weight of his own years. Still recovering from the gunshot wound he suffered in Rounding the Mark, he must overcome self-imposed seclusion and waxing self-doubt to penetrate a web of hatred and secrets in pursuit of the strangest culprit he?s ever hunted. A mystery unlike any other, this emotionally taut story brings the Montalbano saga to a captivating crossroads.