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La luna de papel (Commissario Montalbano #9)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,756 ratings  ·  133 reviews
The latest mystery in Andrea Camilleri's internationally bestselling Inspector Montalbano series

With their dark sophistication and dry humor, Andrea Camilleri's classic crime novels continue to win more and more fans in America. The latest installment of the popular mystery series finds the moody Inspector Montalbano further beset by the existential questions that have be...more
Published (first published January 1st 2005)
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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
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...more
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...more
Cathy Cole
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...more
Apr 17, 2008 Spiros rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Montalbano fans, with reservations
Shelves: new, italy
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
#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
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...more
Jakefan Efp
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...more
Shonna Froebel
This is another in the series featuring Inspector Salvatore Montalbano. Here Montalbano has a woman worried about her brother come to the office looking for help. He agrees to go to her brother's home to see if her can find anything to indicate what may have happened. When he encounters the body of the brother, Montalbano finds the sister emotional and eager to accuse the brother's lover. Elena, the lover, is a woman sure of herself and quick of intellect and she is always one step ahead of Mont...more
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.
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
Another enjoyable book in the series. Also, if you read the end notes, there is a lot of helpful exposition and explanation of some of the features of the book, referencing italian politics. He's clearly not a fan of our Silvio. The point about these books is not whodunnit, really, but the way the story unfolds, the characters, their personalities. Catarella is really developing into a more important side-kick, Fazio comes into his own, while Mimi hardly appears (apart from when he is sulking ab...more
Andrea Bowhill
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...more
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...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...more
I really enjoy the Montalbano mystery series by Andrea Camilleri, and The Paper Moon is the best so far. The translation by Stephen Sartarelli is brilliant, as always.

Michaela Pardo reports that her brother Angelo has been missing for 3 days. When Montalbano accompanies her to her brother's apartment he discovers that Angelo has been shot in the face. As the investigation proceeds, he discovers that Angelo had a taste for beautiful women, and one in particular, Elena, will prove to be a great di...more
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
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...more
E'piacevole ascoltare le avventure del commissario Montalbano anche se nulla puo' superare le letture fatte dal suo autore Andrea Camilleri. Per quanto la lettura di Luigi Lo Cascio sia impeccabile manca di quel calore che riesce a trasferire con la sua voce sporca e roca, Camilleri stesso ai suoi scritti. La storia e'godibilissima e piena di colpi di scena, un buon libro che non delude.
Melissa Robison
This is the first Montalbano mystery I've read and I loved it! It's a fast read due to it's reasonable length and the crisp writing style.

The main character, a Sicilian police inspector is human and loveable. In the beginning of the book, Montalbano is plagued by his own mortality when a single thought pops into his brain: "When your dying day comes..." His coping strategies are hilarious.

He's soon distracted by a murder. Angelo Pardo is found shot in the face and in a compromising position. Ent...more
A first-rate Montalbano mystery. My favorite passage:

[The Inspector has just knocked on someone's door.]

"Who is it?"
This question is not always so easy to answer. First of all, because it may happen that the person who's supposed to reply is caught at a moment of identity loss and, second, because saying who one is doesn't always facilitate things.
"Administration," he said.
In so-called civilized societies, there is always an administrator administrating you, thought Montalbano. It might be...more
Fernando Bonitatibus
Ennesima inchiesta del commissario che in questo romanzo si muove tra due donne, di carattere e fisicamente opposte, che lo rigirano come un "pupo" contandogli sempre la mezza messa. Tornano i morti ammazzati e i rapporti molto stretti tra la mafia, in questo caso i Sinagra, e uomini politici.
Nel complesso bel romanzo.
Joyce Lagow
No. 9 in the Inspector Montalbani series.[return][return]Until this installment, Camilleri� s series was� and remains� unique in that its single most outstanding characteristic is a gusto for life. The protagonist, Sicilian Inspector Salvo Montalbano, is moody, as changeable as the weather� passionate, highly moral in his work, a cowardly liar when he feels it necessary in his relationship with his lover Livia, a gourmand and glutton, compassionate jealous, intuitive, sarcastic, protective of hi...more
Miz Lee
This is about the fifth Montalbano novel I've read, and I will continue to look for Camilleri's books in the library where I first found this Italian crime series. Italian reception of the somewhat fractious Sicilian detective led to a TV adaptation, which would be fun to see.

I like the fact that, unlike the fast-paced, technologically advanced works of David Baldacci, Anthony Horowitz, and even Ian Fleming(well, his movies), life in Vigata, Italy involves an internal alarm clock for the detect...more
I love this series because I love the main character, Inspector Montalbano. I laugh out loud when reading this books, and am always entertained by his thoughts and actions. One of my favorite detectives.
Mary Helene
Mr. Camilleri's women characters do not have the diversity of his men. They seem to belong in one of 3 catergories: (a) fantasies of the wild and wonderful sort (his Swedish racecar driver friend, always trying to seduce him) or(b) their sexuality is dangerously suppressed and provides drama for the plot or (c) their culinary skills are extolled. I understand that mystery novels run on fantasy but this is beginning to grate, especially given the rich variety of men.

Noteworthy in this story: how...more
This story was a bit more straight forward and I pretty much had it figured from the beginning. There's less of the supporting characters and the food that Montalbano loves so much but the story really just follows Montalbano solving the mysterious 'assassination' of a playboy who used to be a promising doctor but was stripped of his ability to practice because of a botched abortion so he was basically a pharmaceutical representative who branched out into non-legal ways of making money. Camiller...more
#9 Inspector Salvo Montalbano series

My #1 favorite mystery series ... set in Italy, this time police inspector Montalbano investigates the gruesome murder of a man shot point blank, with his pants down.

Two evasive, beautiful women are prime suspects. Add some dirty cocaine, mysterious computer codes, a series of threatening letters, and quickly the investigation gets very complicated for the Inspector and his team at police headquarters.

As usual, forensics and CSI takes a back seat to routine qu...more
A French friend recommended these to me a few years ago and I later found them while living in Canada. The connection? The inspector is Sicilian and loves food. So I do enjoy them very much. I liked earlier ones more than this (a more recent one), although the order of magnitude different here is extremely minor: I found the lists of insults hurled at Inspector Montalbano while driving to be funny the first occurrence, and less so later on.
Another fun aspect of this series is that reality is not...more
Frances Sawaya
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
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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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