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As he negotiates both the glittering underworld of horse racing and the Mafia’s connection to it, Montalbano is aided by his illiterate housekeeper, Adelina, and a Proustian memory of linguate fritte. Longtime fans and new listeners alike will be charmed by Montalbano’s blend of unorthodox methods, melancholy self-reflection, and love of good food.
Andrea Camilleri is an internationally best-selling author. He lives in Rome.
Stephen Sartarelli is an award-winning translator and poet. He lives in France.
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By MidwestGeek on 03-17-13
Like watching an hourglass! Occasionally amusing.
This is the third of the series that I have read and the least engaging thus far. The story is dragged out to indulge Montalbano's sexual appetite in addition to his familiar palette, his bureaucratic intrigues, and comical neuroses about aging, surrounded by passing references to the case at hand. Worse, it was easy to determine the villain and the motive before I was half way through. Montalbano, whose abilities to see beneath the surface are legendary, is incapable of seeing beyond the end of his nose in this book. This episode in the series is much over-rated.
Grover Gardner was an entertaining narrator, as usual.
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