The Treasure Hunt : The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries - Book 16 Hardback
Part of the Inspector Montalbano Mysteries series
Montalbano opened the door to step out. But Gallo held him back, putting one hand on his arm. 'What's in there, Chief?' 'If it's what I think, it's something so horrific that it'll haunt your dreams for the rest of your life ...' When a crazed elderly man and his sister begin firing bullets from their balcony down onto the Vigata street below, Inspector Montalbano finds himself a reluctant television hero.
A few days later, when a letter arrives containing a mysterious riddle, the Inspector becomes drawn into a perplexing treasure hunt set by an anonymous challenger.
As the hunt intensifies, Montalbano is relieved to be offered the assistance of Arturo Pennisi, a young man eager to witness the detective's investigative skills first hand.
Fending off meddling commissioners and his irate girlfriend, Livia, the inspector will follow the treasure hunt's clues and travel from Vigata's teeming streets to its deserted outskirts: where an abandoned house overlooks a seemingly bottomless lake.
But when a horrifying crime is committed, the game must surely be laid aside. And it isn't long before Montalbano himself will be in terrible danger ...
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 26/09/2013
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781447228783
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Review by ebyrne41
This is the 16th and latest in the wonderful Sicilian-based Inspector Salvo Montalbano series from Andrea Camilleri, a favourite of mine. In this Montalbano, after a strange incident involving a blow-up doll (!) and a shoot-out with an elderly couple (!!), receives a letter containing a riddle, the first of several that serve to mystify and intrigue him, and which instigates the "treasure hunt" of the title. He also has an avid young fan who as a student of human behaviour wants to observe Montalbano and study how his mind works in his approach to crime solving. In the main investigation, Montalbano is challenged to find a young girl who it would appear has been snatched right off the street, and her disappearance quickly gives major cause for concern. Montalbano's beautiful Swedish friend Ingrid makes an appearance here after an absence, much to the irritation of his mainland-based girlfriend Livia when Ingrid happens to answer Salvo's home phone when Livia calls. Livia's own appearances unfortunatley yet again are ever so brief and only by way of a phone conversation or two. I implore upon Camilleri to feature Livia far more in the next book!The Inspector Montalbano books are in large part very different from most crime novels I come across. Far from being dark, gritty and violently descriptively, as for example so many of the nordic crime novels might tend to be, Camilleri's books are humourous, downright comic at times, generally light in tone and largely free of overtly descriptive scenes of violence. However in saying all of that, the latter stages of this story are somewhat darker than the Camilleri norm, which I have to say surprised me somewhat. Not typical, and not altogether to my liking if I am honest. But let me not end on anything like a negative note! I love too in this series the quirky characters, the sense of mystery that is often prevalent, the beautiful Sicilian landscape that features so much, and the attention given to the local cuisine and the lives and lores of the local population. You can almost feel the warmth of the Sicilian sun on your skin as you read! So get reading!