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The Resource The safety net, Andrea Camilleri ; translated by Stephen Sartarelli

The safety net, Andrea Camilleri ; translated by Stephen Sartarelli

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The safety net
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The safety net
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Andrea Camilleri ; translated by Stephen Sartarelli
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  • eng
  • ita
  • eng
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"The new novel in the transporting New York Times bestselling Inspector Montalbano mystery series. Vigáata is bustling as the new filming location for a Swedish television series set in 1950. In the production frenzy, the director asks the locals to track down movies and vintage photos to faithfully recreate the air of Vigata in that time. Engineer Ernesto Sabatello, while rummaging in the attic of his house, finds some films shot by his father from 1958 to 1963, always on the same day, March 27 and always the same shot; the outside wall of a country house. Montalbano hears the story, and intrigued by the mystery of it, begins to investigate its meaning. Meanwhile, a middle school is threatened by a group of armed men, and a closer look at the situation finds Montalbano looking into the students themselves and finally delving into the world of social media"--
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  • Camilleri's death in 2019 left many wondering if there were a few installments of the author's Sicily-set Inspector Montalbano series still to be published in the U.S. Happily, here's one. The alternately melancholic and life-loving inspector is a bit off his feed this time—literally, as a Swedish television company working in Vigàta has turned Montalbano's favorite restaurant, his friend Enzo's trattoria, into a madhouse of loud-talking movie people. Fortunately, there are two peculiar cases to keep his mind off the barbarians at Enzo's: first is the matter of Ernesto Sabatello's deceased father, who filmed a blank wall on the same day, March 27, from 1958 to 1963. Why? Ernesto, who recently found the films, wants Montalbano to ""investigate""—just the kind of oddball conundrum the inspector loves. Then, in a more serious matter, two gunmen have invaded a classroom and fired shots into the ceiling before bolting. Again, why? Montalbano finds the answers but is forced to conclude that ""the truth was sometimes better kept under wraps."" Much ado about nothing? Yes, maybe, but with the charismatic inspector, nothing is always more than it seems. -- Bill Ott (Reviewed 1/1/2020) (Booklist, vol 116, number 9, p45)
  • Bestseller Camilleri’s 25th outing for Insp. Salvo Montalbano (after 2019’s The Other End of the Line) offers a rich, nuanced mix of plot elements. Besides looking into a mysterious but nonfatal terror attack on a school, Montalbano has an unsought but unshakable obsession with a strange series of home movies belonging to a local resident with a tragic family history. The films show nothing but the same piece of a crumbling wall, each year from 1958 to 1963. He must also deal with a Swedish TV production that’s taken over his Sicilian town of Vigàta and made everything look as it did in the 1950s. The rhythms and layers of the aging detective’s thoughts, routines, and speech are droll and subtle, and fans will be attuned to Montalbano’s attempt to reckon with a serious past mistake. As the cases conclude, with none of the resolutions showing up on official records, readers will feel a pang of loss that this may be one of the last visits they’ll have from an old, wise friend. Camilleri died in 2019, having completed several books for posthumous publication. Agent: Carmen Prestia, Alferjeprestia (Italy). (Mar.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 01/06/2020) (Publishers Weekly, vol 267, issue 1, p)
  • Murder, meltdowns, and a boisterous Swedish film crew bring chaos to a veteran police chief and his Sicilian community. Inspector Montalbano has his hands full when a television crew from Sweden invades his bailiwick. To celebrate the linking of Vigàta with its sister city, Kalmar, Swedish TV is filming a movie about a romance between a Swedish girl and a "youth from Vigàta." All this bustle is a nuisance to the world-weary Montalbano (The Other End of the Line, 2019, etc.), who coincidentally finds himself investigating an odd case that involves the cinema. Ernesto Sabatello has discovered a reel of film from decades ago: a collection of shots taken by his father, Francesco, once a year over a series of years. The boring film shows just a patch of wall, apparently unchanged year after year. Montalbano is intrigued, but it takes him quite a while to focus on this puzzle when distractions come in the form of a melee between Swedes and Sicilians and the need to referee the marital battle between his quirky detective, Mimì, and Mimì's wife, Beba. This last becomes unexpectedly serious when Mimì attempts suicide. The discovery that Francesco had a twin brother named Emanuele, who apparently committed suicide in 1957, makes the case even curiouser. Montalbano's attentiveness to Swedish visitor Ingrid and her blond bear sidekick, the director Gustav, puts a new wrinkle in his relationship with girlfriend Livia. Then another investigation concerning an incident at a school is added to his crowded plate. When disaffected teens emerge as the prime suspects, Montalbano fears for the state of the world. Both darker and more absurd than previous romps, the latest Montalbano is a bracing cautionary tale. (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2020)
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1925-2019
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Camilleri, Andrea
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fiction
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1954-
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Sartarelli, Stephen
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  • A Penguin mystery
  • The Inspector Montalbano series
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0025
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  • Montalbano, Salvo
  • Schools
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The safety net, Andrea Camilleri ; translated by Stephen Sartarelli
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20 cm.
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261 pages
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9780143134961
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2019037373
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(OCoLC)1105941983
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The safety net, Andrea Camilleri ; translated by Stephen Sartarelli
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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20 cm.
Extent
261 pages
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9780143134961
Lccn
2019037373
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1105941983

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