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The Track of Sand (Commissario Montalbano #12)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,116 ratings  ·  111 reviews
"The novels of Andrea Camilleri breathe out the sense of place, the sense of humor, and the sense of despair that fill the air of Sicily."
-Donna Leon


Inspector Salvatore Montalbano wakes from strange dreams to find a gruesomely bludgeoned horse carcass in front of his seaside home. When his men came to investigate, the carcass has disappeared, leaving only a trail in the
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Joyce Lagow
You don’t read Andrea Camilleri’s (and Stephen superb translations) Inspector Montalbano series for dazzling plots or outrageous crimes. The plots are good, very solid, although nothing of the tricky twists and turns so common, say, to some of the hard-boiled detective series around.

You read Camilleri because Montalbano, everyone around him, including the criminals, and the place could only be Sicilian; he creates an incredible sense of place and culture that few other authors can evoke. Only Mo
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Cathy Cole
By the twelfth book in this series, there's really not much new to say. Each slim volume is a perfect example of the translator's art, and each gives the reader a slice of Sicily in all its beauty, its ugliness, its humor, its despair, and-- last but not least-- its glorious food.

Montalbano's methods may be unorthodox, but he's a master of piecing things together and of evading his nitwit superiors so he can get the job done. He's got the perfect team to work with, and if it ever get dull, ever
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Dave Riley
I think Camilleri gets better as he and his character ages. Some of the chapters in this outing are quite astute dissections of local social mores and classes delivered with an almost Dickensian verve.

The plot is complicated big time. But who reads Camilleri for the plot? In fact, there is more experimental writing in this novel that previous ones -- more creative means deployed to delve into the thinking of Inspector Salvo Montalbano.

Theres' also a lot of poignancy in this novel -- a rich ope
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Nancy Oakes
Montalbano's melancholic self reappears in this novel, number twelve in this most excellent and unique series of crime fiction, and oddly enough, it starts with a dream involving a very distorted Livia who turns into a sort of a horse. And even more oddly enough, when Montalbano wakes up, throws open the shutters and looks out the window onto the beach, there's a dead horse laying there. The horse had been brutally bludgeoned with an iron bar, and Montalbano determines that there were at least f ...more
Seth
Now I have read all dozen of the Inspector Montalbano books that have been translated into English so far. Even though they are rather formulaic, I always enjoy them as easy reading. The best aspect of Camilleri's writing to me is not so much the plot as the atmosphere and other intangibles. For example, Camilleri makes interesting allusions to other works of literature, particularly murder-mysteries by such authors as the Swiss Friedrich Dürrenmatt and the Swedish writer-couple Sjöwall-Wahlöö. ...more
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Inspector Montalbano awakens to find a dead horse on the beach in back of his home, which is removed while he awaits assistance. A champrion racehorse belonging to a beautiful woman and another horse were reported stolen in another district, but Salvo is so disturbed by the violence done to the animal that he investigates. After his home is invaded twice and almost burned down, he concludes it is related to an upcoming mafia trial in which he is a key witness. His dogged determination and love o ...more
Vivien Tang
I was actually compelled to give this book a 4 1/2 star rating because there were some parts where I couldn't comprehend the situation clearly, but the overall storyline (and Inspector Montalbano's counter-attack) were so brilliant that I had to round it off to a 5.

Magnifique! This is my first try at the Inspector Montalbano series, and I'm already hooked! The Track of Sand is book 12 in the (currently) 13-book series by Andrea Camilleri. Each book covers a mysterious case that is unravelled by
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Helen
Love it. These stories are not really like other detective stories: the crime and the solution aren't the main point, although Salvo does achieve a result (by unorthodox means) and sees off a number of threats (including a heart-stopping moment when it seems as if someone might burn down his lovely house). This one begins with a strange dream about a horse, and when he wakes he finds the carcass of a horse on the beach outside his house, but the carcass vanishes mysteriously and Salvo is drawn i ...more
Ladiibbug
#12 Inspector Salvo Montalbano - Police Procedural

Ah, what a treat to return to Sicily and Montalbano, a rare honest & principled Italian police inspector. He often finds himself dealing with the disorganized Italian police and justice system.

Montalbano finds a dead horse carcass outside his house on the beach, a terrible case of animal cruelty. By the time the police arrive, the horse's body is gone - disappeared. As Montalbano investigates, a Mafia figure once again has ties to the crime,
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nicdavdi
Another gem featuring Inspector Montalbano. This series fulfills everything that I look for from a crime story; a set of well rounded and drawn characters, good plotting and above all a master storyteller who can transport you into the heart and soul of the setting. The author is a Sicilian and he manages to create in your mind the scent and soul of Sicily. Camilleri's descriptions of the people, food and weather of Sicily leave me wanting to jump on a plane a go straight there. My only regret i ...more
Monica
There is always something delightful about reading an Inspector Salvatore Montalbano book. The plot is never outrageously complex, nor is it gruesome and ghastly. It is, however, always concise and makes perfect sense. In this book Montalbano wakes up from a dream about a horse...only to find a dead one on the beach outside his window. This begins his search into the mystery behind a dead horse, a missing horse, and of course a beautiful woman. Because beautiful and enticing women are always thr ...more
GONZA
Torna il commissario più amato dagli italiani dopo Basettoni e lo fa con questo romanzo che ci riporta ai vecchi tempi, con temi nuovi (le corse clandestine dei cavalli e il riciclo dei rifiuti) e vecchi.
Un Montalbano che non si rassegna al passare del tempo, e all'inevitabilità degli occhiali da presbite, e che paradossalmente viene aiutato nella risoluzione delle indagini proprio da Adelina, probabilmente il personaggio più anziano del libro.
Un uomo alle prese con gli stessi temi del Roth di
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Anita
Inspector Montalbano awakens from a strange dream only to find a dead horse bludgeoned to death on his beachfront property. The carcass disappears while he and his police cohorts are in his house, having coffee while deciding what to do. Later in the day, a beautiful woman, Rachele, reports the disappearance of her horse from a neighbouring ranch where she had been staying. The owner of the ranch is a well connected rich man whose horse also disappears. While Montalbano slips away to get somethi ...more
Tony
Camilleri, Andrea. THE TRACK OF SAND. (2010). ****. This is another in the author’s Inspector Monatlbano series of crime novels set in Sicily. Although this is an excellent addition, it leans heavily on a prior knowledge of the Inspector and his ways and his love life and his staff of detectives. New readers of this series would not be wise to start off with this one. Otherwise...Inspector Montalbano wakes from a series of strange dreams to walk outside onto his terrace and find a horse who died ...more
Sara
The tale of two horses and three women...Salvo's "catalogo" cannot compare to Don Giovanni's but it still gets him in plenty of trouble, and this time he learns what it's like to be a sex object...or IS that all he is? Salvo's early-sixties crisis continues..."his recent flings...were both ridiculous, miserable, pitiable attempts to stop time. To stop it, at least, for those few seconds in which only the body was alive, while the mind, for its part, was lost in some great, timeless nothingness." ...more
Amodini
In this book, Montalbano, who lives in a house on the beach finds a dead horse in front of his home. Worse, the horse appears to have been murdered brutally. After making a cursory inspection, when Montalbano goes to get his officers out so they can make a thorough investigation, the carcass disappears.In the next couple of days 2 people file police reports about missing horses - one is a famous equestrian Rachel Esterman, and the second is one of the richest men in Italy Saverio Lo Duca. Then, ...more
Miles
Inspector Salvatore Montalbano wakes from strange dreams to find a gruesomely bludgeoned horse carcass in front of his seaside home. When his men came to investigate, the carcass has disappeared, leaving only a trail in the sand. Then his home is ransacked and the inspector is certain that the crimes are linked. As he negotiates both the glittering underworld of horseracing and the Mafia's connection to it, Montalbano is aided by his illiterate housekeeper, Adelina, and a Proustian memory of lin ...more
Arwen56
E’ sempre lui, fondamentalmente, solo che è un pochino più nervoso, un pochino più distratto e forse avrebbe bisogno di un paio di occhiali. Anzi, senza il forse.

Di chi parlo? Di Montalbano, naturalmente.

Un Montalbano che, ultimamente, quando si sveglia, apre gli occhi e poi li richiude subito, sentendo in fondo al cuore il desiderio di restare lì indovi sarebbi stato impossibile che qualichiduno l’attrovasse. C’è un abbandono nuovo in lui o, magari, una ragione in meno per aver voglia di alzars
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Beth


Salvo Montalbano awakes one morning still bothered by a dream. He is in a field; there is a gate but no fence. He is dressed to ride a horse, in fact, he actually is riding the horse, something he has never done.

He “got out of bed, went to the window and threw open the shutters….And the first thing he saw was a horse, lying on its side in the sand, motionless….The horse’s hooves had left a series of tracks at the very edge of the beach, on the hard sand nearest the water, but he couldn’t see whe
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Mary
Inspector Montalbano is now fifty-six - and not liking it. His appetite is off, he's not seeing as well and fears he may need glasses, he's even getting forgetful! At least he's still got it as a lover, but sex leaves him feeling used.

One morning Montalbano finds the carcass of a horse in front of his house. It's been horribly beaten to death. The rage the inspector feels does not bode well for the perpetrators. His investigation of the case has to be unofficial, for reasons I'll let you discov
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Rikki
This is the 12th book in the Inspector Montalbano series. The books get their charm from the Sicilian atmosphere just as much as from Salvo Montalbano’s relationships with his colleagues and various women. This does not mean he is a womanizer, in fact, in this book we learn that he actually only ever had four “relationships”, two of which can be considered transient, plus Ingrid (the nature of that one puts it in its separate league). However, the current ones (Livia, Ingrid, Rachele) are comple ...more
Spuddie
#12 Inspector Montalbano mystery set in Sicily. What are the odds that you would look out your window one morning and see a dead horse lying on the beach? This is how Salvo Montalbano's day begins, and things continue to stay weird for several days. By the time he follows the horse's tracks and locates where he was killed--a victim of a brutal beating--the corpse has disappeared.

When a beautiful woman comes into the police station to report her horse missing, things get even weirder, and as usua
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David Gómez
No me ha parecido tan entretenida como las otras esta pista de arena. El caso no me ha interesado demasiado y más viendo las pocas ganas que tenían tanto el comisario como su equipo de llegar al meollo de la cuestión. Si a eso le añadimos que se pasa un buen rato en las carreras de caballos con los ricachones de turno sin muchas alegrías, aunque con alguna que otra de las bromas de Camilleri, podría decir que esta es una de las peores entregas de la saga, pero que no por ello voy a dejar de leer ...more
Mei
Another solid page-turner from Andrea Camilleri. This time more beautiful, mysterious women enter his life, while things with his long-time girlfriend Livia seem to have taken a back seat. While this is a crime novel, it's not so much about the crime, as it is about all the characters, all of whom seem to be 'levelling up'. None more so than catarella, who is so charming to read about, but if I worked with him, I'd definitely want to kill him.
Michael
Inspector Savio Montalbano is once again engaged in sovling a crime mystery which begins when he wakes up one morning to find a dead horse laying on the sand while gazing out his window. So begins another adventure for our hero as he duels with the government bureaucracy and directs his erstwhile, simple assistants in sifting through the clues. The mystery itself could easily have been solved by the American, Sgt. Columbo after the first few chapters. But like the Columbo mysteries, Camilleri ma ...more
Macjest
As always, I enjoyed the superb audio cd version. I agree with other observations that it's not the plot that makes the book. I feel so immersed in Inspector Montabano's world whenever I pick up one of the books in the series. It's like meeting up with an old friend. This book got twisty at the end. Once again, the inspector's dreams give him a clue to help solve the mystery.
Anneselden7 Selden Berry
This book was my first Andrea Camilleri mystery. It started out with a discovery so shocking and traumatic (to me) that I almost did not continue. However, I persevered and the rewards were ample. I truly enjoyed this book and it led me on to read the others by A.C. I am enjoying this forage into the culture of Sicily.
Susana
one of the greatest pleasures of reading an Inspector Montalbano is the detailed descriptions of food. Since I am a seafood lover, and that seems to be all that Montalbano eats, it is especially gratifying. oh yes, and the detective work is the perfect vehicle for the wonderful characters, amongst whom is Sicily itself.
Anna
I love Montalbano stories, and one of the big reasons for that love is the language. In the original all the dialogs are in Sicilian, and that's probably even 50 % of the charm for me.

While Sartarelli does a good job in translating, there is no way of bringing the joys of Montalbano series' language in English. And while I listened to this one as an audiobook, the spoken English lost the language charm even further. I didn't get much of the feel of Vigata or the persons the same way I've got the
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Brendan Monroe
Another fantastic addition to the Inspector Montalbano oeuvre. This one's got it all- mystery, sex, food, murder, and horses (?)-in spades. A stellar installment to what has quickly become my favorite series. The only downside to Camilleri's books is that they are terribly addictive!
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Andrea Camilleri (born september 6, 1925 in Porto Empedocle) is an Italian writer. He is considered one of the greatest Italian writers of both 20th and 21st centuries.

Originally from Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Camilleri began studies at the Faculty of Literature in 1944, without concluding them, meanwhile publishing poems and short stories. Around this time he joined the Italian Communist Party.

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