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Return to Book Page. Stephen Sartarelli Translator. The Terra-Cotta Dog opens with a mysterious tete-a-tete with a mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned loot from a supermarket heist, and some dying words that lead inspector Montalbano to a secret grotto in a mountainous cave where two young lovers, dead fifty years and still embracing, are watched over by a life-size terra cotta dog. Montalbano's passion to solve this old c The Terra-Cotta Dog opens with a mysterious tete-a-tete with a mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned loot from a supermarket heist, and some dying words that lead inspector Montalbano to a secret grotto in a mountainous cave where two young lovers, dead fifty years and still embracing, are watched over by a life-size terra cotta dog.
Montalbano's passion to solve this old crime takes him, heedless of personal danger, on a journey through the island's past and into a family's dark heart amid the horrors of World War II. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published May 31st by Penguin Books first published More Details Original Title. Commissario Montalbano 2. Commissario Salvo Montalbano. Sicily Italy. Premio Fedeli Other Editions Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Terra-Cotta Dog , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 23, Jim Fonseca rated it it was amazing Shelves: italian-authors. The intertwined skeletons of a man and a woman are found sealed in a cave arranged in a ritual position with symbolic items around them.
A terra-cotta dog overlooking the bodies is one of those items. The skeletons are from WW II and the Italian detective sets out to solve the mystery just for the heck of it. Who were they and how did they get there?
Along the way we are treated to wonderful local color of Sicily and its food. So much food by the way, that I found a couple of web sites devoted t The intertwined skeletons of a man and a woman are found sealed in a cave arranged in a ritual position with symbolic items around them. So much food by the way, that I found a couple of web sites devoted to the author's recipes -true gastroporn.
Every day we get to see what treat his housekeeper has left him in his fridge. Will it be petrafernula? Maybe attuppateddri with some passuluna olives? Our Sicilian detective is methodical and persistent. He loves to eat and he loves women, three of them in fact. Along the way he saves a woman from abuse by her father-in-law and solves another mystery about stolen grocery trucks with a Mafia connection - after all this is Sicily.
View all 6 comments. In all three of my experiences to date it is hard to sum up the plot in a straightforward manner as Camilleri throws in numerous diversions and follows an circuitous route to an eventual solution, but as I have now discovered the opening exchanges often give no indication of all that is to come and that is, in itself, a curious part of the enjoyment.
The Terracotta Dog begins with an ageing mafioso, Tano the not so very Greek, orchestrating an elaborate charade with Inspector Salvo Montslbano in an acceptance that his day has passed and the rapidly progressing crime racket is too much for an old man. As a prison transfer sees Tano the Greek gunned down and drawing his last breath, his last gasp tip off revealing the location of a cave within an abandoned construction site reveals a hidden cache of firearms, but just how this relates to the supermarket theft remains to be seen.
When an abandoned truck involved in the theft is discovered with its contents untouched it forces Montalbano to go the extra mile and dig deep, set the local gossip grapevine in motion and thereby uncover a few more skeletons in his home town.
In The Terracotta Dog it is the discovery of a second hidden chamber deep inside the original cave with two embracing corpses, both dead for over fifty-years, that is the real substance of this wry police procedural, and the supermarket theft that is a mere diversion along the way.
Meanwhile Montalbano devotes himself to an energetic quest that may not show up in his annual crime statistics as another case solved, but means markedly more to the elder statesmen of the region. One of the delights of reading Camilleri is the absolutely outlandish solutions that he delivers and it is a pleasure to witness his creative solutions slowly building to fruition.
Whilst the central attraction in the novels is the eponymous Inspector Salvo Montalbano with his pragmatic approach to crime fighting and delivering justice that proves so compelling, the secondary characters are just as intrinsic to my enjoyment. Quick-witted, honest to a fault, and remarkably loyal, Montalbano is as involved with the underworld criminals as he is to adhering to procedure.
Always keen to take command of an operation and instruct his subordinates, he is less keen on cooperating with second-in-command Mimi Augello, where a noticeable rivalry exists. The inept Agatino Catarella Cat operates the station telephone and bungles every message that is left for Montalbano, offering his own frankly curious interpretation of the Italian language. Whilst I could not read a continual diet of Camilleri and his energetic brand of high comedy, every once in a while an interlude in the company of Montalbano really does the trick.
This second outing is exceptionally well-plotted and keeps the readers brain working overtime to stay with the sometimes less than transparent workings in Sicily. I do feel that any review of an Inspector Montalbano novel distils a large part of the charm and as such, readers are best to dip a toe in the water to understand just was an absolute riot these gems are!
Thankfully the fluid translation courtesy of Stephen Sartarelli makes these delights so easily accessible to an English speaking audience. View all 8 comments. Aug 20, Martin rated it really liked it Shelves: humour , murder-mystery , travel , recently-reviewed. While chasing down a mafia crime, Inspector Montalbano finds a cave with symbolic artifacts and the bodies of two young lovers, hidden since World War II.
My favorite character is Agatino Catarella, who is renowned for mixing up any phrase. Please excuse me as I devote most of my review to Catarella. Mixed signals in Talian As he raced headlong down the little path between the vineyards, Montalbano remembered that Agatino Catarella would now be on duty at the station, and that therefore the phone c While chasing down a mafia crime, Inspector Montalbano finds a cave with symbolic artifacts and the bodies of two young lovers, hidden since World War II.
Mixed signals in Talian As he raced headlong down the little path between the vineyards, Montalbano remembered that Agatino Catarella would now be on duty at the station, and that therefore the phone conversation he was about to engage in promised at the very least to be problematic, if not the source of unfortunate and even dangerous misunderstandings.
This Catarella was frankly hopeless. Slow to think and slow to act, he had been hired by the police because he was a distant relative of the formerly all-powerful Chamber Deputy Cusumano. With Catarella, things would get most muddled whenever he got it in his head—which happened often—to speak in what he called Talian. The person is here in front of you. Where the person personally lives. I told the postman to deliver it to your house, Chief, your personal residence, in Marinella.
Are you joking? Once, when I asked him to bring me an espresso, he brought me a postal envelope. More than just a devious mystery-crime story, Inspector Montalbano is also a connoisseur of good food. He describes, then eats, deliciously authentic Italian meals. Come for the crime - stay for the feast!
May 23, Kristel rated it it was amazing Shelves: crime-fiction , detective-legal-procedural , read , favorites , translation. Bodies pile up fast and easy in Andrea Camilleri's The Terra Cotta Dog but I understand why readers would consider the series to be on the lighter end of the mystery spectrum, straddling the genres of cozy and the grittier police procedural.
For one thing, Inspector Salvo Montalbano thinks more deeply about about literature and anchovy dishes than the criminals he has to deal with in his hometown of Vigata, a fictional town situated in Sicily.
The story is also bouyed by the humor, often derived Bodies pile up fast and easy in Andrea Camilleri's The Terra Cotta Dog but I understand why readers would consider the series to be on the lighter end of the mystery spectrum, straddling the genres of cozy and the grittier police procedural. The story is also bouyed by the humor, often derived from Montalbano's filthy wisecracks at the expense of his friends and co-workers.
This second installment begins with an uneasy rendezvous between the inspector and a notorious mafia operator. From there, a series of seemingly unconnected events occupy their little police station--from a baffling robbery at a supermarket, the suspicious accident of an ornery old man, to the discovery of a forgotten murder scene that dates back to Italy's Fascist period. I don't really want to reveal too much because the freewheeling narrative turns are what makes the book thoroughly engaging.
Camilleri builds upon the world he has set up in The Shape of the Water and leisurely provides it with depth, notably through the reminiscence of Italy's none-too-heroic World War II experience. The gag about Montalbano's phobia towards promotion also never fails to make me chuckle and I'm more than okay with them milking it. Minor characters and their quirks shine here--most notable are the buffoonish Catarella, the ambitious Mimi, and Montalbano's long-distance long-suffering lover, Livia.
The final mystery that Montalbano pursues may seem trivial for some given the amount of action present in the first half of the novel, but his obsession with the year old death of two young lovers says so much about his character. He is a romantic who dons the coat of a cynic for work everyday. He is exceptional as a detective, a bloodhound through and through, yet sometimes the reader gets glimpses of a philosopher. Read on my blog. Mar 02, Patrick Sherriff rated it it was amazing Shelves: crime-and-such.
Il cane di terracotta (Memoria)
Ritorna l'investigatore Montalbano: nel corso di un'inchiesta su di un traffico d'armi, ispezionando una caverna che funge da deposito di ordigni, Montalbano scopre un passaggio che conduce a un'altra grotta, e qui trova due cadaveri: un ragazzo e una ragazza uccisi cinquant'anni prima. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Book Description Sellerio di Giorgianni, Italy,
Il cane di terracotta
It is the second novel of the internationally popular Inspector Montalbano series. The story starts off with "Tano Il Greco", a tired mafia boss , making a deal with Montalbano to stage his arrest in order for him to save face. The arrest causes Montalbano to have to appear at a press conference and be considered for promotion, both of which he does not appreciate. At the same time there has also been a seemingly unrelated and mysterious theft of a grocery store delivery truck; the truck is discovered the next morning, abandoned, with the stolen goods still within and intact. An old man, Misucara, who was witness to the robbery, then dies in a suspicious accident, but not before passing on an odd bit of information to the inspector: that the grocery store owner's car was parked nearby during the time of the robbery.