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Rounding the Mark (Commissario Montalbano #7)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  2,825 Ratings  ·  162 Reviews
The earthy and urbane Sicilian detective Inspector Montalbano casts his spell on more and more fans with each new mystery from Andrea Camilleri.Two seemingly unrelated deaths form the central mystery of Rounding the Mark. They will take Montalbano deep into a secret world of illicit trafficking in human lives, and the investigation will test the limits of his physical, psy ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Penguin Books (first published 2003)
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Richard Derus
Dec 21, 2011 Richard Derus rated it really liked it
Rating: 4* of five

The Book ReportMontalbano, over fifty and not liking it One Little Bit, decides to take an early-morning, out-of-season swim...and runs smack-dab into a dead guy who's clearly been in the water for a long time. He improvises a tow rope out of his swimsuit for the poor bastard, and begins a long, tiring naked swim in the cold water to bring him to shore. He's exhausted and feeling very lightheaded after his exertions and collapses on the sand...where he is attacked and vilified
Sep 26, 2013 Rowizyx rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
È forse uno dei romanzi della serie che più mi ha colpito, perché non mi aspettavo la questione del G8 e una reazione così forte ed emotiva da parte di Montalbano, che tradisce di certo la posizione dell'autore, ma che tocca sempre. Io sono genovese e, anche se ero troppo piccola nel 2001 per essere partecipe degli avvenimenti del G8, credo che per certi versi sia una ferita tutt'ora aperta per il paese ma soprattutto per la mia città. E ho arezzato l'analisi che fa Camilleri attraverso Montalba ...more
Feb 20, 2017 Andrew rated it really liked it
Inspector Montalbano is reaching a crisis in his career and due to the actions of others is intending to resign. Amongst these events whilst out for one of his swims he comes across a body. Although written a good few years ago this book is quite topical due to its references to the refugee crisis in Europe. The usual good humour, quirkiness of Inspector Montalbano and other characters are prevalent throughout the book. Another excellent read!
Nancy Oakes
Continuing the Salvo Montalbano series in order, Rounding the Mark is number seven, leaving me six more to go. Five if you don't count the newest one, The Potter's Field, which won't get here until September.

It's not a good night for Montalbano. He is unable to sleep, and even more telling, unable to eat. He's decided to turn in his resignation, feeling betrayed by the news about a raid on the Diaz School in Genoa during the G8 meetings there, in which evidence had been found to be planted, the
Jun 19, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
Am I too stingy with five stars? This one came awfully close.

The best Camilleri in the series so far. One of the advantages of writing a series is that the characters really have room to grow. Once the principle characteristics are laid out in the first few books, it's possible to mark changes in really subtle ways. This is what made Buffy so great; the Xander of season seven was hugely different from the Xander of season one, but the intervening shifts were small and a real pleasure to watch.

Aug 11, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, italian
Once again I found myself flying through an Inspector Montalbano mystery. Camilleri manages to get the perfect blend of mystery, social commentary and personal life in these books. I love the way Montalbano eats & the loving care Camilleri puts into the descriptions of the food! But even better is that in each of these mysteries, I learn something about Sicily & Italy in general with the help of the marvellous endnotes by translator Stephen Sartarelli. I look forward to continuing this s ...more
Jan 27, 2013 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
introduced to these books via the tv series, I have never regretted adopting them into my library. they are always well plotted, interesting and beautifully translated by stephen sarterelli, with notes to aid those ignorant of the cultural references. occasionally you need a strong stomach (p 212 in this book), but graphic details are sparing and used like herbs in the hands of an expert chef.
it does help to read the books in order, but they can stand on their own.
why should you read this one?
Frances Sawaya
Apr 14, 2013 Frances Sawaya rated it really liked it
Well, ever since we discovered the Inspector Moltalbano series on TV I have really loved his character as well as the social/political statements conveyed by the creator through his characters. Now, on holiday, I have decided to enjoy the books by Camilleri. Able to finish this book which comes midway in the series and is a rather dark but ever humourous look at the hero as he faces retirement/ his mortality (not for some time yet though). The footnotes certainly give more evidence of the writer ...more
Another fabulous Inspector Montalbano story. These are great stories with very apt subjects. This one being about trafficking of migrant children between North Africa and Sicily. The inspector is hilarious in this one, I think that's why I enjoy them so much as he is such a colourful character, His poor colleagues and girlfriend do well to put up with him and his foibles.
Feb 18, 2012 Skip rated it really liked it
Out for a swim, Inspector Montalbano literally bumps into a corpse. Then, Montalbano learns that a child he helped return to his mother is run down by a car. Both deaths are linked to a ring of human traffickers, which he brings to justice, all while agonizing over whether he should resign from the police for emotional and reputational reasons.
Just arrived from USA through BM.

Apart from the very bad translation, where the first 50 pages need a careful attention from the editors, the book is quite interesting, even if it's the first book read of this series.
Matthew Trevithick
Sep 24, 2010 Matthew Trevithick rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: Right from the start, I should admit that I'm not really into "whodunnit" books that usually follow the pattern of "first 10 pages - murder, next 150 pages - pieces slowly fall into place, closing 50 pages - the description of closing the case." I would really never go out of my way to read one of these books. I should also admit, however, that I sort of enjoyed this book. No, it doesn't break any new ground, but it does tell a solid story that is A) more complicated than usual and B ...more
Angie Carter
Jan 31, 2017 Angie Carter rated it really liked it
This series just gets better & better. Onto #8 The Patience of the Spider.
Aug 17, 2014 Alfredo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: negra
¿Qué será lo más difícil que hay al escribir una serie de libros? ¿Mantener el tono? ¿Innovar sin perder el estilo? ¿Conservar la frescura? Quizá una mezcla de los tres. O sea, se requiere ser uno mismo pero, al mismo tiempo, sin fastidiar al lector, sin darle fórmulas, sin escribir lo que pareciera ser un texto hecho con molde. Dicho de otro modo, se requiere escribir cada libro como si fuera el primero, pero sin los errores del primero —inevitables—. Escribir cada libro con toda la atención po ...more
Nick Jones
Another Inspector Montalbano book. Montalbano goes swimming and finds a corpse in the sea. He later goes down to the docks where a colleague is supervising the arrival of a boat of refugees: a small boy runs away and Montalbano entices him back, returning him to the woman who seems to be his mother: later, however, Montalbano is troubled by the sense that not all was right and that the boy seemed to be afraid of his ‘mother’. If you know the rules of the detective novel you will know that these ...more
Kathleen Jones
Jan 12, 2012 Kathleen Jones rated it really liked it
I love crime fiction and have become addicted to the Italian detective Salvo Montalbano, created by the Italian author Andrea Camilleri. The novels are set in Sicily and you can feel the heat radiating up from the arid landscape, and smell the sea - just right for someone feeling nostalgic about Italy.
At first glance the central character isn't particularly endearing - he's a complete bastard to work for, tetchy, jealous, egotistical, but one hundred per cent straight in a landscape where most p
Shonna Froebel
Mar 18, 2013 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it
Shelves: translations
The seventh book in the series featuring Inspector Salvo Montalbano is a definite winner. It had me hooked from the beginning, when Salvo expressed his unhappiness with the state of police ethics over the outcome of the G8 inquiry (about Genoa in 2001) and wanted to resign. With the police activities around the G20 in Toronto more recently, I could definitely relate.
When Salvo goes for his morning swim, he encounters a dead body, one that has been dead for some time, and exerts himself to tow it
Sep 29, 2013 Shari rated it really liked it
My first Camilleri, but not my last. Inspector Montalbano is a wonderful characterization. He's a man with a surprising personality, sometimes puzzling, sometimes downright hilarious, and when it counts, right on point. His colleagues, especially Sergeants Fazio and Augello, are well-drawn as well and not at all alike, while the "office boy," Catarella, is so out of place he's a breath of fresh air.

This particular offering is a history lesson, giving insight into the Berlusconi era and the polit
Nov 08, 2011 Monica rated it really liked it
This is the 7th Inspector Montalbano book and just as wonderfully written and plotted out as the previous six in the series. If you've been reading the books in order you'll be well acquainted with Salvo Montalbano by now and his intense behaviour in "Rounding the Mark" won't come as much of a surprise.

Jacket notes: "Two seemingly unrelated deaths form the central mystery of Rounding the Mark. They will take Montalbano deep into a secret world of illicit trafficking in human lives, and the inves
Peter Auber
Aug 28, 2014 Peter Auber rated it really liked it
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Mar 13, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it
Montalbano is turning 50, seriously disillusioned about events involving the police and the government, thinking seriously about resigning. He goes for an evening swim to thrash away the bitterness and collides with the body of a drowned man. The pathologist thinks accidental drowning, no case. Later he sees a group of illegal immigrants being picked up - there is a boy who tries to get away, but Montalbano returns him - he thinks - to his mother. A couple of days later, the boy is killed in a h ...more
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
7th in the Inspector Montalbano series.[return][return]Just after the G8 meeting in Genoa, where the right-wing government of Berlusconi has at a minimum countenanced unprovoked and unjustified attacks by police on protesters, Montalbanois filled with disgust at what Italy has become in general and how the Genoan police have betrayed their mandate to serve and protect the people in particular. He is not sure whether or not he wants to continue in his profession; he seriously considers resigning. ...more
Jul 29, 2008 Spuddie rated it it was amazing
#7 Inspector Salvo Montalbano police procedural mystery set in Sicily. Salvo has become disillusioned with the world and with policework specifically and is all set to turn in his resignation when he gets caught up in an unofficial investigation dealing with illegal immigrants. He comes across a scared black immigrant boy at the docks who looks at Montalbano imploringly as if to ask him to help him escape—but the woman who takes the little fellow by the hand appears to be his mother, so why was ...more
Mar 06, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it
While this story was not very involved - quite a unique writing style - with the set up, it certainly gets its points across regarding human trafficking and the horrid people that practice it. This time, while Montalbano is on a "float" in the sea by his house, he finds a body that appears to have been a floater for quite some time. Through a quick autopsy, a chance midnight interaction with a group of refugees, and some questions of identity of the corpse, Montalbano regroups with Ingrid and th ...more
Nov 26, 2014 Heep rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was better. My last foray into the Montalbano did not end well - that book careened into ridiculousness and I had to stop. I felt guilty because these books are, by and large, short and very pleasant to read. The subject matter here, which includes human trafficking, is more difficult but is presented in a fairly superficial way which is typical of the Montalbano series. The story does become a little goofy at times like when Montalbano has his Swedish love-interest (or is she - it is so ti ...more
Jul 11, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
Intense but also quite funny. Montalbano is just taking a swim when a corpse bumps into him, and of course he has to be responsible and tow it in by lashing it to his ankle with his bathing suit belt, and of course he pays for this with total humiliation on TV. Then he stumbles upon a little boy trying to escape from his family, does the right thing by restoring the kid to his mom...or IS this the right thing? The rest of the book shows us just how wrong it is.
An unforgettable one, really, with
Jun 22, 2014 Tracy rated it really liked it
If mystery enthusiasts are looking for a cozy type of story, turn back now--this raw and gritty read isn't the novel for you. Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano is no archetypal Sam Spade nor is he a loving, bumbling buffoon. Montalbano is a flawed and realistic character who deals with incompetent coworkers and ego-driven superiors sometimes with grace, but most times with his hot Sicilian temper. This tale's mystery centers around human trafficking where the most money is made on exporting child ...more
May 26, 2010 L rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Wonderful, wonderful! We've got an aging Inspector Montalbano, a solid mystery, and, for the icing on the cake, concern with contemporary political issues (and their connection to older matters, where relevant). There are fun characters here. You can't not love Catarella banging into Montalbano's office. And Montalbano's relationship with Livia is peculiar enough (at least from the American perspective) to be always interesting.

I see that this is #7 in the series, which means there are at least
Sep 11, 2009 Carol rated it really liked it
I have been reading Camilleri's series of books, in the order of their copyrights, featuring Inspector Montalbano of a small town in Sicily. His plots vary fairly widely in interest. This is one of the best so far, having a well-worked-out story with sufficient complications to be satisfying. The author wrote in Italian, and didn't mind sharing local Sicilian frustrations with his fellow Italians. The "local color" continues to fascinate, including the menus. As a Californian, accustomed to our ...more
Sep 05, 2014 Rose rated it it was amazing
Shelves: easy-reads
First, my compliments to Stephen Sartarelli on his translation and notes compiled for the reader to understand every nuance of Camilleri's written word.
Some say that the pace of the book is slow, but, I enjoyed this differing flavor on a detective novel. Camilleri is able to immerse us in the world of Inspector Montalbano: his love and enjoyment of mediterranean food coupled with a detailed description of the sea and the warm and rocky Sicilian geography. With a mix of humor, cynicism, compassio
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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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