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The Patience of the Spider (Commissario Montalbano #8)

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The latest mystery in Andrea Camilleri's internationally bestselling Inspector Montalbano series
Winning fans in Europe and America for their dark sophistication and dry humor, Andrea Camilleri's crime novels are classics of the genre. Set once again in Sicily, "The Patience of the Spider" pits Inspector Montalbano against his greatest foe yet: the weight of his own years
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ebook, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Penguin Books (first published 2004)
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Anastasia
Mar 26, 2016 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il commissario Montalbano sono.

Demenza giovanile: far volare per aria il paperback, credendo fermamente che sia un gabbiano.
Eh beh, capitemi. I momenti di distrazione fra un "s'addrummolisce" e un "macari" ce volevano. Accussì pian piano sono arrivata alla fine, fra un gabbiano e l'altro. Mi parse impossibile all'inizio, ma nescì viva.
No, basta, pensavo che sarebbe stata una cosa carina fare la Camilleri anche io, ma sono talmente sazia di dialetto siciliano che 'un ce la faccio.
All'inizio er
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Damiana
L'ottavo romanzo di Camilleri dedicato a Montalbano si svolge esattamente dov'era finito il precedente (Giro di boa, che io non ho ancora letto), ovvero col nostro commissario convalescente dopo esser stato ferito. Richiamato urgentemente in servizio dalla convalescenza, si ritrova a indagare su un sequestro che svelerà, col proseguire dell'indagine, particolari ben più inquietanti.
La bravura e la maestria di Camilleri è riuscita a sorprendermi ancora una volta: riesce a scrivere un ottimo giall
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Liviu Szoke
Un alt roman din seria Montalbano pe care l-am așteptat îndelung. Și n-a fost deloc o dezamăgire, deși pare că Montalbano începe încet-încet să facă pasul înapoi. Aventură, suspans, mister, anchetă întortocheată, deși am reușit și eu spre final, în sfârșit, să ghicesc cine ar fi făptașii și de ce. Recenzie, curând, pe FanSF.
Leslie
Feb 01, 2016 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grover Gardner is in typical form - i.e. wonderful - in this entry in the Inspector Montalbano series. His voice for Catarella is worth noting - he manages to convey the crazy accent but still be understood, quite a feat!
Spuddie
Nov 12, 2009 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#8 Inspector Montalbano mystery set in Vigata, Italy. Supposedly recuperating from the wound he sustained at the end of the last book, with the lovely (and yet curmudgeonly in her own way!) Livia visiting and tending to him, Montalbano is instead dragged into a kidnapping case, "just to consult" while another detective has the lead role.

Susanna Mistretta has disappeared, presumed kidnapped, although motive seems a bit unclear as her family has lost most of their money years previously. Several
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Mary Helene
Sep 05, 2012 Mary Helene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
5 stars? Yes. It was funny, insightful, and surprising. What a great summer read. Among the details which I enjoy: the attention paid to details. I stopped today and watched a spider web carefully, inspired by the dear detective. He listens to his body, listens to his emotions and is self-reflective. My only regret is, as I've mentioned before in reviews of this series, that women are remarkable only for their cooking skills or their beauty. (I write that and immediately I know it's not true. In ...more
Andrew
Aug 03, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars. Yet another entertaining read from this delightful series.Andrea Camilleri always has a way at looking at crimes from a slightly different perspective. I do like the character of Inspector Montalbano. But what is about his relationship with Livia! I look forward to returning to this series soon.
Gala
La paciencia de la araña es el octavo libro de la colección del comisario Montalbano. Camilleri, su autor, ha creado un policial directo, conciso y claro, que a partir de un caso aparentemente común se desatan otros conflictos de los cuales, en un principio, nadie sospechaba.

El caso en cuestión no tiene mucho de espectacular. Una chica volvía a su casa cuando dos hombres la abordan y se la llevan. A pesar de esto el secuestro toma una gran dimensión mediática y de repente todos los periodistas,
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A pretty young girl is kidnapped riding her scooter home after studying with a classmate. Inspector Montalbano is convelescing from his gunshot wounds, and is dragged in to assist in the case. Eventually, a large ransom is demanded from her family, which has been devastated by the financial trickery of her now-rich uncle. The uncle, who has political aspirations, is shamed into paying the ransom for the safe return of the girl. As always, Montalbano using his unorthodox policing style, figures o ...more
Leslie
Feb 01, 2016 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, italian
3.5* While I enjoyed every minute of it, I did find some of the plot predictable this time. And poor Montalbano, recuperating and having Livia cooking for him instead of Adelina, didn't get as many wonderful meals in this one! Still a solid mystery with above average writing.
Natalie
Jun 09, 2016 Natalie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Simpatičan lik :) ...ima dobar smisao za humor. Moja prva sa inspektorom Montalbano ali ne i zadnja.
Alfredo
Aug 31, 2014 Alfredo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: negra
Segundo libro consecutivo de Camilleri que me deja más o menos satisfecho, más o menos frío. Supongo que, en general, tiene que ver con lo mencionado en mi comentario a Un giro inesperado: debe de ser terriblemente difícil escribir una serie larga sin repetirse a uno mismo, sin caer en el cliché, en la escritura formulística, en la reiteración de lo que es necesario reiterar solo para que el personaje no pierda sustancia. Sin embargo, en mi opinión, lo que hace Andrea Camilleri en La paciencia d ...more
Alexander Van Leadam
One of the best books in the Montalbano series: no heroics, no hidden action (although once again the solution develops first in Salvo's mind and irritatingly we are told that it is so - being allowed to guess brings the genre back to Agatha Christie and her predecessors). Salvo has a private life once more and he reflects convincingly on the state of Italy under Berlusconi.
Nancy Oakes
Following Rounding the Mark as the eighth novel in this series, Inspector Salvo Montalbano is on leave, recuperating from events at the end of the previous story. Livia is there with him at the house in Marinella, but sadly that means that Adelina is not there to cook for him. Instead, he's been put on a low-calorie diet, and his life right at the moment is like his food -- rather bland and circumscribed. But when a young girl, Susanna Mistretta, is kidnapped, Montalbano is temporarily recalled ...more
David Green
Dec 19, 2016 David Green rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic read. Love Camilleri's humor.
Fabrice Conchon
C'est un roman policier d'Andrea Camilleri dont le héros est le commissaire Montalbano. Montalbano (et Camilleri) sont des héros récurrents du polar italien, extrêmement populaires un peu comme le serait un personnage comme Maigret (et Simenon) en France.

La comparaison s'arrête cependant là. Le livre n'a pas la profondeur, le côté exploration sociale qu'on trouve chez Simenon. Il s'agit d'une "simple" enquête policière sur le kidnapping d'une jeune fille dans le sud de la Sicile, kidnapping extr
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Jim
May 25, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having enjoyed and reviewed The Snack Thief, I was happy to sit down to an extra helping of Camilleri and his inspector Montalbano. I took this book with me on a trip to Italy, although I was travelling in the North not in Sicily, where this is set.

The Inspector has less sumptuous dishes than in the Snack Thief but he still has his share of grilled and fried mullet, an especially tasty rabbit dish and when he enters a restaurant he replies to the question : “What can I get for you, Inspector?",
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Laura
This series is getting better and better...

3* Excursion to Tindari (Inspector Montalbano, #5)
3* Rounding the Mark (Inspector Montalbano, #7)
4* The Patience of the Spider (Inspector Montalbano, #8)
TR The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano, #1)
TR The Terra-Cotta Dog (Inspector Montalbano, #2)
TR The Snack Thief (Inspector Montalbano, #3)
TR Voice of the Violin (Inspector Montalbano, #4)
TR Un mese con Montalbano (Inspector Montalbano, #4.5)
TR Gli arancini di Montalbano (Inspector Montalbano,
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Karen
Jul 02, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, italy
One of the strangest things about reading THE PATIENCE OF THE SPIDER was the weird sort of feeling that I knew the story at the beginning. And your reviewer is nothing but sharp - about 20 pages in the penny dropped - one of the recently screened TV-Movies on our local SBS TV was based on the story behind this book. I plead that the story of Montalbano having been shot, and Livia's presence were pretty well (if not totally) non-existent in the TV Movie so I had a momentary feeling of considerabl ...more
Shuriu
Jan 01, 2016 Shuriu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Manuel Antão
Mar 28, 2015 Manuel Antão rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Like all the Montalbano novels, "The Patience of the Spider" is also filled with lively dialogue, sharply observed descriptions, vibrant characterization and dramatic shifts in tone. The relationship with Livia is skilfully handled, but this time I couldn't stand Livia's presence and discourse. It looked like she only functioned as a counterpoint to Montabano's viewpoints... And the nagging, for pit's sake...

This book also has a less-complex plot than earlier books but is still an excellent rea
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LJ
THE PATIENCE OF THE SPIDER (Police Procedural-Insp. Montalbano-Sicily-Cont) – G
Camilleri, Andrea – 8th in series
Penguin, 2004, US Trade paper - ISBN: 9780143112037
First Sentence: He jolted awake, sweaty and short of breath.
*** Inspector Montalbano is brought back early from his recovery after being shot. A girl has been kidnapped and her family has no money to pay a ransom. Because the family’s financial situation is fairly common knowledge and the events following the kidnapping are more simila
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Nick Jones
This one follows on from Rounding the Mark. It’s only a few weeks later and Inspector Montalbano is recuperating after being shot at the end of the last book. But then a young woman is kidnapped and Montalbano is called back into active service. While he doesn’t take charge of the case, he, of course, is the one who figures out what has happened. When it comes to plots I am generally a passive reader: when reading a crime novel I’m generally not trying to figure out whodunit, but about half way ...more
Monica
Jan 03, 2012 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Patience of the Spider” is the eighth book in Andrea Camilleri’s crime/mystery series featuring Inspector Montalbano. I read this during the Christmas holidays...on the plane to SF and while in SF visiting family. Easy to pick up and get lost in this book while being distracted with family and holiday food. I continue to like this series...the writing is strong, the plots solid and believable...the characters well developed. I guessed early on in the book who was behind the kidnapping, but ...more
Shonna Froebel
Aug 20, 2014 Shonna Froebel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This continues the series featuring Inspector Montalbano in Sicily. Here, Montalbano is still recovering from his gunshot wound when the kidnapping of a young woman has him called back in to assist. He is not in charge of the case, and so can avoid some of the aspects he doesn't enjoy, like press conferences, but he has the run of things and takes a close look at the evidence, both physical and behavioural, that is exhibited here. His girlfriend Livia has taken a leave from her work to stay with ...more
Sara
Jul 05, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Montalbano's patience equals that of the spider who weaves the web of this Sicilian "crime" which achieves revenge for an old wrong. This series has humor (Catarella's malapropisms in fractured eye-talian), romance (Salvo's passionate squabbles and couplings with his Genoese lover Livia), scrumptious descriptions of Sicilian food (coniglio al agrodolce - sweet and sour rabbit), but most of all Camilleri rehabilitates the role of intuition and imagination in crime-solving (along with precise obse ...more
Bron
Oct 25, 2015 Bron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This books follows on directly from the previous one where Montalbano gets shot in the shoulder. We find him recovering at home after a spell in hospital, still not fully fit and feeling his mortality quite keenly. Although he's on sick leave and supposed to be resting, he's called into work to help out with a kidnapping case. He has strict orders not to overdo things and just handle some of the routine enquiries. On the surface the kidnapping appears to be a straightforward abduction of a young ...more
Derek
Jun 07, 2012 Derek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime
I'm not sure what I like most - Camilleri's stories, Stephen Sartarelli's translations, or Sicily, but it's always a joy to pick up a new Inspector Montalbano story. In fact, I know I'd hate to actually live in Sicily - it's far too hot for me - but Camilleri makes you want to be there anyway.

The Montalbano books always make me wish I could read Italian - not because I distrust the translation, but because I love it! When Montalbano's assistant, Catarelli, uses recognizable but mangled English i
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Jelena Susak
Jun 11, 2016 Jelena Susak rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, znala sam da je knjiga ukalupljena i pomalo plitka, ali ovooooo nisam očekivala! Predvidivo od početka, nezanimljivo, likovi loše razrađeni. Jedina svjetla točka romana je Montalbanovo proučavanje pauka koji jedva vidljivo plete nešto savršeno i njegove aluzije u vezi s tim na sudionike u radnji ...
A prijevod je ilegalan valjda. Profil bi se trebao sramiti da tako nešto izdaje. Bolje bi preveo google translate! Evo nekoliko primjera:
"Dajte mi ti" (Što bi trebalo značiti "Prijeđimo na ti")
Odm
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Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
8th in the Inspector Montalbano series.[return][return]Montalbano is still recovering from the serious gunshot wound he received in the previous case, recounted in Rounding the Mark. The brush with death has thrown Montalbano into a period of reflection on his mortality that even Livia s presence can t alleviate. But all this ends when a report comes in of a missing young woman, presumably kidnapped. However, there are oddities about the situation that leave Montalbano not entirely convinced tha ...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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  • The Snack Thief (Inspector Montalbano, #3)
  • Voice of the Violin (Inspector Montalbano, #4)
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