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The Paper Moon (Commissario Montalbano #9)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  2,989 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
As he gets older, Inspector Montalbano is beset by existential questions. But he doesn't have much time to wax philosophical before the gruesome murder of a man - shot in the face at point-blank range with his trousers down - commands his attention.
Paperback, 322 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Picador USA (first published 2005)
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Maria Altiki
Dec 13, 2016 Maria Altiki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Πάντα απολαμβάνω να διαβάζω ιστορίες για τις περιπέτειες του φίλου πια και αγαπημένου Σάλβο Μονταλμπάνο. Και όταν κάνω καιρό, πιάνω τον εαυτό μου να μου λείπει, να θέλω να μάθω τα νέα του παλιόφιλου. Έχει ξεχωριστή θέση στην καρδιά μου πως να γίνει.
Στο συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο έχει να κάνει με την αρρωστημένη αγάπη απο δύο αδέλφια, με μυστικά και ψέμματα, με μια υπόθεση νοθευμένης δηλητηριασμένης κοκαϊνης, με νοσηρά πάθη και με δύο επικίνδυνες γυναίκες που τον προκαλούν αλλά όπως πάντα ως δείγμα ηθικ
Dec 14, 2016 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This particular series has been a solid 3 stars for me. I enjoy the MC. He is quirky and can carry a book. I like his thought process in finding the guilty. I never really know how he is going to get to the end, so that always reels me in. I usually enjoy the story line as well, but this one was just okay for me. It wasn't my favorite in this series. But overall, this was still enjoyable. So 3 stars.
Jakefan Efp
May 20, 2013 Jakefan Efp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Non sono obiettiva, lo so, ma non mi va di mettermi a ragionare su strutture e cose serie: lo amo e basta, that's all. Poi l'ho audioletto, recitato da Lo Cascio nell'italo-siculo originale di Camilleri, quindi come potevo non goderlo fino all'ultima sillaba?
Mi chiedo: ma come fanno i lettori anglofoni a "percepirlo"? Ho visto recensioni a due, tre stelline. Mi sembrano ingiuste, anche se probabilmente necessarie. Per quanto riguarda me, God save Camilleri e gli conceda lunghissima vita per scr
Cathy Cole
Jul 03, 2011 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Line: The alarm rang, as it had done every morning for the past year, at seven-thirty.

The moody Inspector Salvo Montalbano has been plagued by the sense of his own mortality of late. He's trying to dodge all those morbid questions floating around in his mind-- without much success-- so what he needs is a good murder to take his mind off death. This he gets when the body of a man-- shot in the face at point-blank range-- with his pants down around his ankles is found.

Montalbano soon has mor
Aug 30, 2008 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#9 Inspector Montalbano series set in Sicily, Italy. Once again, beautiful women and corrupt men pepper Inspector Montalbano's investigation into the death of one Angelo Pardo, a pharmaceutical representative. There's Angelo's sister Michela--who reported him missing and his mistress Elena, whose husband is older and impotent and allows his wife her sexual freedom. Both seem to be playing off one another, blaming each other for Angelo's death, and both are definitely suspects and not telling the ...more
Feb 23, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, european
Please don't ask me what the correct order of this series is, as I've got absolutely no idea. I've never found the need to worry about it as each book works on its own, and each book is one of those little pieces of joy that just make you feel good.

Part of it has got to be Inspector Montalbano who is just so gloriously grumpy and idiosyncratic that he leaps alive from each and every page. Part of it is the setting which is woven into the action so seamlessly that you're just there, in that locat
Lou Robinson
This was a difficult book to rate. I didn't hate it, I didn't love it. It was just ok. So that makes it a 2* right? But overall, on balance, that seems harsh, so maybe it's really a 2.5*. It was an impulse buy at Paphos airport, having finished the last paperback I took on holiday before I got on the plane and needing something to fill the 4 hour journey home. Except I ended up buying 2 and reading the other one.
The downsides of The Paper Moon - it felt like it was too literal a translation thro
Apr 13, 2008 Spiros rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Montalbano fans, with reservations
Shelves: italy, new
I have always treasured the books in this series far more for their flavor than for any strength of plot or characterization; Inspector Salvu Montalbano has always seemed to me to be a pale imitation of Colin Dexter's brilliant creation, Inspector Endeavor Morse, and the plots have ranged from ingenious to, increasingly as the series has progressed, downright obvious. Still, the books are imbued with a wonderful feel for Sicily and, especially and mouthwateringly, Sicilian cuisine, to my mind th ...more
Jim Leffert
Paper Moon is one of a series of police procedural detective novels that take place in Vigata, a fictional town in Sicily, featuring the quirky “everyman” Inspector Montalbano and his equally quirky colleagues. Having never visited Sicily, I was hoping for descriptions of the scenery and local customs, but the story, as translated by Stephen Sartarelli, read like it could have taken place anywhere in Italy. (Reportedly, these novels feature local Sicilian dialect and expressions that don’t make ...more
Frances Sawaya
Jun 12, 2013 Frances Sawaya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is no getting around it! I am hooked on Montalbano whether it be the series on telly ( with the dynamic Luca Zingaretti as the inspector) or the new series on BBC, "The Young Montalbano." or the books created by Camilleri. Makes for great reading in the wee small hours when insomnia hits. Interesting to see how the young Catarella is portrayed and how Montalbano makes a place for him in the workplace and eventually comes to realize his hidden talents. I also enjoyed how poor Mimi is pigeon ...more
Oct 09, 2012 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun series set in Italy where Commissario Montalbano and his motley police force have to solve some really bizarre crimes usually with political implications.

In this case a man is found shot up on a roof with his penis hanging out of his pants. There are plenty of suspicious people around him including his sister who just seems way too cozy with her brother. There is always lots of humor in these books as Montalbano who reminds me of the Italian version of Columbo stumbles through the
Apr 14, 2012 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The is the 9th book in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series. I continue to love this main character. Montalbano is abrupt, moody, sarcastic, and self-indulgent while at the same time he maintains his high sense of morals in his own complex scheme of right from wrong.

In "The Paper Moon" Montalbano works his way through the clues to find out who murdered Pardo, a seemingly innocent pharmaceutical rep. Once again Camilleri's writing is crisp and the dialogue is believable and often humor
Tracy L
The Montalbano series reminds me of Alexander McCall Smith's Ladies Detective Agency series - only this is a slightly coarser version set in Sicily. The language is light but fun, and the plot well paced but far from taxing. A nice easy read, made all the more entertaining by the grumpy character of Montalbano and his worries about old age. A good holiday read.
Tony Snyder
Aug 25, 2016 Tony Snyder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another charming entry in the Inspector Montalbano series. The Inspector comforts me as he is methodical and loves food and sleep! I love the explanatory notes by the translator as they provide insight into Sicilian culture and that of Italy generally. I cannot recommend this series highly enough!
Nicholas Nagykery
Captivating! Learned a thing or two about how to survive at work and enjoy life. I highly recommend this detective series by Andrea Camilleri.
Apr 06, 2015 Raewyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was okay - which is good, because now I know I don't have to read any others in the series.
Jun 12, 2017 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery, italy
Candy is dandy, but...

Montalbano loves fish. He loves fish so much - I don't know how he sustains his love. For fish.

Sicily, crazy cops, crazy officials, crazy government, crazy murder, crazy women, yes, the crazy women. Salvo Montalbano lives on the sea, and goes for long walks on the beach after eating, before bed, and, well, whenever. He walks on the beach, crabs at his men, weighs his interviews, resists the beautiful, no, gorgeous, unbelievably gorgeous women who are all over the mystery of
Mar 03, 2017 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read from cover to cover one evening. Another great story in the Inspector Montalban series. Good solid characters, geographical atmosphere, and excellent descriptive prose. When this is made into a TV series the casting and acting will be a nightmare, and so well written are the descriptions of peoples behaviour, emotion and sensuality. Can an individual capture all thus in one look, or shake of the head, can the camera actually see the depths in the eyes?
Looking forward to more books by Camill
May 16, 2017 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiolibri
Ho adorato Luigi Lo Cascio ne "La meglio gioventù" di Marco Tullio Giordana e volevo ascoltare una storia di Montalbano letta da un siciliano per riconoscere e apprezzare la pronuncia del dialetto siciliano. La scelta è stata molto felice: Camilleri è sempre piacevole nella scrittura, ma la lettura "interpretata" di Lo Cascio è superlativa, imperdibile!
Andy Ben
Jun 07, 2017 Andy Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tra i migliori della serie
Patricia Ferreira
Good book, very funny and thrilling.
Mar 19, 2017 Beatrice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Incredibile come un romanzo possa catturarti completamente, pur non avendo dimestichezza con il dialetto con il quale è narrato.
Una (ri)scoperta piacevolissima.
Andrea Bowhill
Oct 28, 2009 Andrea Bowhill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspector Montalbano wakes this time not by his inner alarm clock but from one he now sets each night to wake him prompt each morning. His usual slapstick routine of starting the day had fallen by the wayside, irrelevant random thoughts had been plaguing his mind, with a touch of forgetfulness, tiredness and that feeling of age had suddenly creep upon him.

Within ten minutes of being at the station Montalbano is confronted by Signorina. Michela Pardo who cannot locate her brother Angelo, he may
Sep 28, 2014 Alfredo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: negra
Conforme avanzo en la lectura de la obra de Camilleri, más me convenzo de lo difícil que resulta tratar, durante largos periodos, a un mismo personaje, sin que ello termine por convertir a este en una caricatura de sí mismo. Los dos textos reseñados anteriormente daban cuenta de los esfuerzos de Andrea Camilleri —esfuerzos, además, muy visibles— por mantener viva la identidad del personaje y, al mismo tiempo, conducirlo a través de nuevas aventuras, pero sin que ello se tradujera en la repetició ...more
Nancy Oakes
The Paper Moon is Montalbano's ninth adventure, and we find our irascible hero becoming more obsessed with aging and trying to get past thoughts of when his "dying day comes." Actually, Montalbano is only in his fifties, so his worries might be a bit premature, and obviously he may think he's losing it, but his performance on this very odd case leaves the reader begging to differ. Even Livia thinks he's demented.

Sgt. Caterella brings in a woman to see Montalbano at the station. Mimi Augello, on
Se dovessi dire con un netto SI o No, propenderei per il SI.
Il vantaggio è che si legge agevolmente (compatibilmente con la lingua usata che mi rende più semplice leggere Grisham in inglese che Camilleri in un linguaggio ibrido) e che non presenta buchi narrativi evidenti. Le pecche però ci sono. Innanzitutto alcune lacune di informatica base dell'autore (ma gli editor che ci stanno a fare?) che descrive il processo di decrittazione di un file in modo assolutamente insensato dato che la trama s
Geoff Wooldridge
This is one in the series of popular Inspector Montalbano mysteries that have been adapted for TV. The Paper Moon was originally published in 2008.

A woman reports to police that her brother is missing and a day or so later he is found in a room on the terrace above his apartment dead - shot in the face at close range and with his penis exposed.

Thus begins an investigation into, amongst other things, the man's affair with a married woman (who has an impotent husband), his occupation as a pharmace
Nick Jones
Sep 14, 2015 Nick Jones rated it it was ok
Another of the Montalbano books. And this one is fairly straightforward: there is a murder, Montalbano investigates, at the end everything is clear. And while Montalbano investigates the murder a series of dignitaries die through tainted drugs...anyone who knows the genre will know that these two cases will be linked. The usual tensions between Montalbano and his colleagues, his superiors and Livia, his long distance partner, are sort of there, but not as important as usual. Montalbano worries a ...more
Jul 16, 2010 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
Our dear Inspector Salvo Montalbano is approached by a woman desperate for his assistance because her dear brother has been missing for 2 days, and as he accompanies her to her brother's apartment to search the place, they find him in a chair with his face shot off.

The investigation into the murder leads to many sharp twists and turns. As suspects are considered and a motive for the murder contemplated, the victim's hidden life starts to emerge. Montalbano sifts through the clues and you see hi
Deon Stonehouse
The Paper Moon by Andrea Cammelleri is set in Sicily and starts with a beautiful woman. Where else but with a beautiful woman would it start in Southern Italy? Inspector Montalbano is settling in for a quiet day when beautiful Michela Pardo arrives desperate for help finding her brother Angelo. Montalbano doesn’t have a lot of resistance to beautiful women; actually he has next to no resistance to beautiful women. And Michela is easy on the eyes. She has Montalbano escorting her to her brother’s ...more
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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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