Andrea Camilleri is one of Italy's most famous contemporary writers, yet it wasn’t until he was in his seventies that he hit upon such success. It was in his 1994 novel, The Shape of Water, that he introduced the world to Detective Inspector Salvo Montalbano – a food-loving, paper-work-hating, Sicilian detective – a character who was to become a household name.
Since then, the Inspector Montalbano series has gone on to be translated into thirty-two languages and been adapted for Italian television, with both Inspector Montalbano and its prequel, The Young Montalbano, being screened on BBC4.
The Potter's Field, the thirteenth book in the series, was awarded the Crime Writers' Association's International Dagger for the best crime novel translated into English. In addition to his phenomenally successful Inspector Montalbano series, he is also the author of many other novels, two of which - the historical comic mysteries Hunting Season and The Brewer of Preston - have been translated into English.
Before coming to fame, Camilleri had been an active member of the Communist party and a distinguished drama teacher and theatre director. He was also a television producer. For more than three decades he has worked in Rome, where he still lives with his Milanese wife.
Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories is a brilliant collection of short stories, personally chosen by Andrea Camilleri, following Inspector Montalbano from his very first case in Vigata, in which he stumbles upon a young girl lurking outside a courthouse with a pistol in her handbag.
When she is taken in for questioning and won't utter a single word, Montalbano must find another way to learn...
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