August Heat: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery

By Andrea Camilleri
Translated by Stephen Sartarelli
Read by Grover Gardner

The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries: Book 10

5.70 Hours 01/01/2007 unabridged
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When a colleague extends his summer vacation, Inspector Salvo Montalbano is forced to stay in Vigàta and endure the August heat. Montalbano’s long-suffering girlfriend, Livia, joins him with a friend—husband and young son in tow—to keep her company during these dog days of summer. But when the boy suddenly disappears into a narrow shaft hidden under the family’s beach rental, Montalbano uncovers something terribly sinister. As the inspector spends the summer trying to solve this perplexing case, Livia refuses to answer his calls—and Montalbano is left to take a plunge that will affect the rest of his life. Fans of the Sicilian inspector as well as readers new to this increasingly popular series will enjoy following the melancholy but unflinchingly moral Montalbano as he undertakes one of the most shocking investigations of his career.

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A 2010 CWA International Dagger Finalist

When a colleague extends his summer vacation, Inspector Salvo Montalbano is forced to stay in Vigàta and endure the August heat. Montalbano’s long-suffering girlfriend, Livia, joins him with a friend—husband and young son in tow—to keep her company during these dog days of summer. But when the boy suddenly disappears into a narrow shaft hidden under the family’s beach rental, Montalbano uncovers something terribly sinister. As the inspector spends the summer trying to solve this perplexing case, Livia refuses to answer his calls—and Montalbano is left to take a plunge that will affect the rest of his life.

Fans of the Sicilian inspector as well as readers new to this increasingly popular series will enjoy following the melancholy but unflinchingly moral Montalbano as he undertakes one of the most shocking investigations of his career.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The joys of August Heat arise less from the central plot than from its margins: Montalbano’s never-flagging fondness for food, his ruminations on aging, and his commentaries on Italian society.” Washington Post
“Camilleri’s tenth mystery to feature [Inspector] Montalbano cleverly balances a compelling story line with engaging characters.” Publishers Weekly
“Sartarelli’s translation captures the region’s quaint idioms and slang without losing clarity or humor. Grover Gardner performs the role of the melancholy yet driven Montalbano with artistry, balancing cantankerousness with geniality.” AudioFile
“Montalbano may be the most agonizingly human lead character in the mystery genre…[a] beguiling tragicomedy.” Booklist
“Despite its noirish undertones, the perfect beach read for those lucky enough to have found suitable accommodations.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Andrea Camilleri

Andrea Camilleri is the author of the New York Times bestselling Inspector Montalbano mysteries as well as historical novels that take place in nineteenth-century Sicily. His books have been made into television shows in Italy and translated into thirty-two languages. His thirteenth Montalbano novel, The Potter’s Field, won the Crime Writers’ Association International Dagger Award and was long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 5.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English