The Paper Moon, Paperback
3 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Motionless, Montalbano waited for the surf to enter his brain and wash it clean with each breaker.

At last the first light wave came like a caress, swiiissshhh, and carried away, glugluglug, Elena Sclafani and her beauty, while Michela Pardo's tits, belly, arched body and eyes likewise disappeared.

Once Montalbano the man was erased, all that should remain was Inspector Montalbano -- a kind of abstract function, the person who was supposed to solve the case and nothing more, with no personal feelings involved.

But as he was telling himself this, he knew perfectly well that he could never pull it off.

As he gets older, Inspector Montalbano is plagued by existential questions.

But he doesn't have much time to wax philosophical before the gruesome murder of a man -- shot in the face at point-blank range with his pants down -- commands his attention.

Add two evasive, beautiful women as prime suspects, dirty cocaine, dead politicians, mysterious computer codes, and a series of threatening letters, and things soon get very complicated at the police headquarters in Vigata. 'Wonderful Italian detective stories' Guardian 'A magnificent series of novels' Sunday Times


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780330457286



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Sit down to a three-course meal of comfort food, ideally suited to the chilly weather, accompanied by a quirky Italian aperitif: three chart toppers and a Sicilian mystery make a perfect winter feast. Paper Moon is Andrea Camilleri’s ninth Inspector Salvo Montalbano mystery, set in the fictitious Sicilian town of Vigata, and engagingly translated by the poet Stephen Sartarelli. Like American police inspectors of ‘a certain age’, Montalbano is starting to doubt himself – but shows no sign of wanting to suck on a gun, a bottle or a cigarette. A murdered man, dead politicians, dirty drugs, lovely women – Salvo rises to the challenge. Instead of being mired in the mafia, as befits its location, the plot is personality-driven and unpredictable. Different – but definitely rewarding.

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The plot was interesting as were the characters at the center of this particular outing (not particularly sympathetic and rather creepy). Montalbano and the returning characters were hella fun as ever. There were scenes in the book I especially liked, one where Montalbano composes a letter to himself and another where he frames a noirish scene in his head to make sense of the mystery. On top of that was Montalbano's worries about getting older. Made for a fun read.

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I love watching the TV programs because despite the odd dead body it's very dreamy and peaceful. This is the first Montalbano I have read and I found the same easy pace and and gentle humour. The book is more complicated and satisfying than the TV series and I enjoyed it very much. Montalbano comes across as a much odder person but just as engaging.

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