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The Scent of the Night (Commissario Montalbano #6)

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When an angry octogenarian holds a terrified and lovelorn secretary at gunpoint, Inspector Montalbano is reluctantly drawn into the case. But, ably abetted by his loyal and eccentric team, Montalbano investigates the case in his usual manner.
Hardcover, 235 pages
Published January 5th 2007 by Picador USA (first published 1996)
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Liviu Szoke
N-am mai avut răbdare și-am citit-o și pe-asta, așa că iar am rămas fără Montalbano. Asta e, nu m-am putut abține, pentru că deja a devenit ca un drog. Din păcate, însă, Emanuel Botezatu nu poate traduce toate romanele cu Montalbano într-un singur an, Nemira nu le poate scoate pe toate într-un an, iar cu dialectul sicilian nu am nimic în comun. Așa că va trebui să aștept cuminte până la anul, când sper că vor ieși măcar două noi romane cu detectivul meu preferat. O anchetă tenebroasă, miliarde d ...more
Sep 18, 2011 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I was joking to a friend the other week about how I was going to try and get into Italian crime fiction. After all, I said, this fashion for gruesome stuff from Scandinavia can’t go on for other, other countries/regions will have to have their turn and as such I could try to get to the front of the queue on the next trend. Then, a few days later, I saw that BBC4 were broadcasting a documentary about the new wave of Italian crime writers and I realised this was yet another bus I’d missed.

Richard Derus
Dec 18, 2011 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4* of five

The Book Report: Salvo Montalbano and the Vigata police force have a strange case, one that's not their case and not particularly important seeming as the Common Knowledge has already given it an ending: A Ponzi-scheme swindler comes home to Vigata after being away most of his life, seemingly to answer the greediest prayers of the Vigatese by providing huge returns on the investment of their life savings. One fine day, he fails to appear and disburse the income due, and is neve
Definitely one of my favourite procedural series, along with Longmire, even though both the detectives and the authors are from very different worlds.
This series is becoming even better.

4* The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano, #1)
4* The Terra-Cotta Dog (Inspector Montalbano, #2)
3* Excursion to Tindari (Inspector Montalbano, #5)
4* The Smell of the Night (Inspector Montalbano, #6)
3* Rounding the Mark (Inspector Montalbano, #7)
4* The Patience of the Spider (Inspector Montalbano, #8)
3* Acqua in bocca (Inspector Montalbano, #16.5)
4* Treasure Hunt (Inspector Montalbano, #16)
TR The Snack Thief (Inspector Montalbano, #3)
TR Voice of the Vi
Jun 30, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one will send you off to re-read William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily. Another obsessive relationship is front and center but you do not realize until the end how it relates to the mystery at hand.
Emanuele Gargano is a magnetic personality to equal the likes of Berlusconi or Madoff but his swindling, orchestrated through his investment company King Midas of Bologna (!!!), involves bilking ordinary Sicilians out of their savings. His disappearance begins the unraveling of several nefarious sc
Jul 02, 2008 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, european
A large part of the attraction of these novels is the wonderfully grumpy, slightly eccentric, marvellously self-involved Inspector Montalbano. And the food - the meals that Montalbano insists on partaking on a regular basis are frankly, almost obscenely fantastic. Of course, for the books to be completely satisfactory there has actually got to be a story, and as with all these books, the story here is superbly Italian in its feel. The financier Emanuele Gargano has disappeared - as has a large a ...more
May 24, 2015 Pascale rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is competent, moderately enjoyable genre fiction, nothing more, nothing less. Quite a lot of space is devoted to the inspector himself, and the important relationships in his life, with his girlfriend, a boy he nearly adopted and is still fond of, and of course, his colleagues. That's all good fun, but as a result the plot itself sometimes seems to receive only perfunctory attention from the author. It starts rather brutally with an aged man losing his marbles because he's been swindled out ...more
Maria Beltrami
I libri di Camilleri su Montalbano si assomigliano un po' tutti, basati come sono sempre sugli stessi personaggi, sul loro dialetto e sui loro tic, eppure non risultano mai noiosi, perché questi personaggi non sono mai stereotipi.
Questo romanzo pesca, nelle sue premesse, nel mondo della finanza, o meglio della truffa finanziaria, e finisce con un deja vù di Faulkner.
E, come spesso accade nei romanzi di Camilleri, non sono i grandi criminali a uccidere, ma i piccoli mostri che incontriamo ogni gi
Mary Helene
Jul 29, 2012 Mary Helene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I love how Camilleri is playing with us - "such things happen only in 2nd rate mystery novels." He plays with a TV script as well, and then, chillingly, with a plot line he says is from William Faulkner. (Another GoodReads review says it's A Rose for Emily.) Our dear detective is getting ready to retire, I think. His girlfriend reminds him that the concepts are no longer as important as the relationships.
Jul 30, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gone
A slim volume, read in an afternoon in the garden, watching the bees on the lavender. Really not sure about the translation.... reads like the subtitles on the TV series. I did wonder whether the book or the TV came first. Both have a warm bath sort of feel but this book is a bit darker somehow with Montelbano more of an oddball maverick than he is allowed to be on TV.
Veronica Bejarano
Jun 26, 2014 Veronica Bejarano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detectives
Otra genialidad de este autor que me encanta leer. Quien se iba suponer que sería así y que acabaría así? Y menos que todo comenzaría así? El olor de la noche es excelente, fácil de leer, muy ligero, muy ameno y lleno de todo, muy gracioso y que me encantó desde que abrí el libro. Realmente muy bueno :)
Jul 10, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspector Montalbano investigates an intricate financial scam which has left many retirees in Sicily penniless. Another great book in this series.
Nov 15, 2016 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, mystery
I have enjoyed the Inspector Montalbano series and this one was good but not as strong as the others I have read. Two businessmen have disappeared and with them the total money from the King Midas investment scheme. Then one of them turns up dead. I love Inspector Montalbano, his wry cynicism, and his tired but painstaking detecting. My one complaint this time is that the ending was odd.
Jan 12, 2017 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Inspector Montalbano book and I will definitely be reading more of this series. It took me a bit too get into this book but once I did I enjoyed the story telling. Definitely recommend this book, it is probably best to start with the first book in the series.
Angie Carter
Jan 19, 2017 Angie Carter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sardonic Inspector Montalbano, what's not to like? This series grows on you.
May 20, 2014 Alfredo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: negra
Quizá 3.5 estrellas sería la calificación precisa. Y no, no es que Camilleri cuente peor esta historia, o que falte a los detalles con que ha investido a Montalbano, o que el caso que tiene entre manos sea una porquería. Nada de eso. Es solo que, desde mi punto de vista, comienza a haber una cierta repetitividad en el desarrollo de las historias. No es esta la primera vez que leo a Montalbano enredarse en un caso que, por principio de cuentas, no tendría que estar investigando. Tampoco es la pri ...more
Alexander Van Leadam
Rather disappointing return to little happening outside Montalbano's head, followed by a lengthy monologue of explanations by Salvo while Mimì and Fazio seem to play the role of the children of a clever father. Great idea: the dead body of the boss is preserved by the unstable secretary who murdered him. Otherwise the book appears uninspired and tired, with no personal dimension (what makes Montalbano interesting, after all).
Nancy Oakes
Montalbano's back and once again in his sixth case of the series. This time he gets involved with the case of a missing financial "genius" who had gained the trust of several investors and then promptly disappeared, taking their money with him. Did he go off to "live it up with beautiful half-naked women" in Polynesia, or did Emanuele Gargano take some money off of a very angry and vengeful Mafioso? Nobody knows, although Montalbano's superiors are inclined to believe the latter (as they general ...more
Nick Jones
I’ve been reading the Montalbano books in order and was getting worried that they were becoming less interesting, more conventional, losing their oddity and just becoming normal police detective novels, so this one came as a relief. There are the usual elements of the continuing soap opera that carries on from one book to the next: Montalbano’s relationship with Livia continues in its indecisive way; there are tensions with his superiors and Montalbano again shows he is an astute political opera ...more
Giuseppe Saracino
Non è la miglior indagine di Montalbano, che inizia il libro come spettatore della scomparsa di un finanziere che prometteva grossi guadagni ai suoi investitori.
manca a solita frizzantezza nei colloqui tra montalbano e i suoi collaboratori, mentre rievoca episodi delle altre indagini già concluse, non posso nascondermi sono un po di parte nei giudizi perche mi piace sia l'autore che il protagonista e non mi annoierò mai a leggere le indagini
Sep 16, 2016 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: traboccante-16
Diciamo che tra tutti i Montalbano letti fin'ora questo è per me sicuramente il peggiore e noioso...peccato!
Jemima Pett
Jul 10, 2014 Jemima Pett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
The inhabitants of Vigata and the surrounding area are incensed when the person to whom they have entrusted their money fails to turn up with their dividend. In fact he fails to turn up at all, and the disappearance of his young member of staff adds to the outrage. An elderly man dies as a result of the loss of his life savings, and Montalbano steps in to find out what happened to the money. With a besotted secretary carrying on as if the miscreant will return any day, and a couple of young wome ...more
Aug 06, 2012 Martina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I have to admit that I was disappointed by this book. This is my first encounter with Salvo Montalbano, and I had high expectations, given the reputation of the famous commissario. Furthermore, Camilleri is hailed as an institution in the genre of crime novels, so I naturally assumed that this novel will be a real treat.

However, I was proven wrong. I really liked the setting of the novel, and the sights and sounds (and food!) of Sicily. Montalbano was a good enough character, I suppose, and I li
Peter Bernik berc
I breezed through it in just over 24h. Easily done by some, with just 159 pages, but I rarely read at that pace. It was that good! Sublime, really.
Oct 08, 2011 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 6th book in Andrea Camilleri's series that takes place in Italy and features Inspector Montalbano. I've said this before but will say it again...the books in this series are wonderfully translated. The words just seem to flow and the dialogue is natural and easy. Returning in this book are of course not only Montalbano but also his numerous colleagues and his girlfriend, Livia.

Jacket notes: "As an angry octogenarian holds a terrified and lovelorn secretary at gunpoint, Inspector Mont
An investment broker/con artist goes missing in the town of Vigata, leaving many fixed income seniors in the lurch. Montalbano intercedes in locating the missing man for personal reasons, and we quickly find out that he is trouble with his girlfriend (again) and that he is easily smitten with young beautiful young women and Sicilian food. The telephone conversations in the previous novels which were particularly revealing and yet hilarious were not evident in this book. Oh the twists and turns, ...more
This is the first Inspector Montalbano book that I’ve read, although it’s not the first in the series.

The Scent of the Night sees Montalbano dealing with the mysterious disappearance of a financial conman, and the mess left behind. It’s not Montalbano’s case, but he pursues it because he doesn’t trust his Mafia-obsessed colleague. Given his own team of inarticulate Cat, bureaucratic Fazio and the absent Mimi, you have to wonder what makes him think he can do better.

Camilleri has Montalbano obses
Ian Russell
The Smell of the Night or more fragrantly, The Scent of the Night, as Kindle has it, is the sixth outing for Andrea Camilleri's Sicilian based police detective but only the third I've read. To be honest, I'm not an avid follower of detective novels and I doubt I'd bother with these if not for the telly adaptations, in Italian (and Sicilian dialect), and subtitled in English. In short, I liked the shows, the Italianness of them, and thought the books would offer greater depth to the characters an ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
The man who runs the King Midas investment company suddenly vanishes, along with millions of other people's money. Where is he? Where is his confidential secretary? And why does his administrative secretary refuse to face the fact of his defection?

I enjoyed the Montalbano TV series enough to want to read some of the books. While the plot is credible in itself up to a point (where I live in Spain we had a similar pyramid scheme come crashing down just a few years ago, in which a foolish friend of
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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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“Getting seasick?" the inspector asked him at one point.

"No. Just sick of myself."


"Because every now and then I realize what a stupid shit I am to go along with some of your brilliant ideas.”
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