Wednesday, June 06, 2012

The Patience of the Spider

The Patience of the Spider is the 8th book in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano detective series. I've liked them all so far. I had the mystery part of this figured out early on, but it's still a worthwhile read.

from the back of the book:
Still recovering from his gunshot wound, Inspector Montalbano is feeling the weight of his years, and of his solitude. He's getting softer, more introspective, and critical of his life choices. But if withdrawing from society has become natural of late, he'll soon be forced to interact with others, compelled to intervene as a web of hatred and secrets threaten to squeeze its victims to death. This is Montalbano's most unusual and challenging case yet - and the one that will either change him or break him.

Eurocrime has 2 reviews, one of which says, "It is always a joy to spend time with Montalbano and his colleagues and THE PATIENCE OF THE SPIDER is no exception" and the other of which closes with this: "I recommend it, as I do all his books, but it's not the most well-rounded of the series". Kirkus Reviews says, "Camilleri’s character study deepens with every installment; his ironic eye is as sharp as ever."

I've also read these:
1. The Shape of Water
2. The Terra-Cotta Dog
3. The Snack Thief
4. Voice of the Violin
5. Excursion to Tindari
6. The Smell of Night
7. Rounding the Mark
9. The Paper Moon
10. August Heat
11. The Wings of the Sphinx
12. The Track of Sand

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