The Snack Thief (Salvú Montalbano, #3)
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The Snack Thief (Commissario Montalbano #3)

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In the third book in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series, the urbane and perceptive Sicilian detective exposes a viper's nest of government corruption and international intrigue in a compelling new case. When an elderly man is stabbed to death in an elevator and a crewman on an Italian fishing trawler is machine-gunned by a Tunisian patrol boat off Sicily's coas...more
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Published May 31st 2005 by Penguin Books (first published 1996)
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Nancy Oakes
As I work my way through this series, Andrea Camilleri is quickly becoming one of my favorite crime fiction authors, and Salvo Montalbano one of my favorite characters. How can you not like him? He's grumpy, cantankerous, and crabby and yet he has a compassionate side. He lives for the best, most delectable food, and although flawed in many ways, he has an incredible handle on human nature. The Snack Thief is number three in this series, and I wasted absolutely no time after Terra-Cotta Dog to s...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 4* of five

Ambiguity is a highly valued and well-tolerated state in Italy. (Likewise Japan.) It makes so much of the insane, illogical world the Italians have created and laughingly called a "government" and a "social fabric" function, this ability to be more than one thing at one time.

Immigrants, seldom from high ambiguity-tolerant climes, screw things up mightily. Karima certainly does, that Tunisian house cleaner-cum-sex worker. She thinks she's moved to a place away from the stark com...more
This takes the prize. My all-time favorite Montalbano...and as usual, when I really like something, it's harder to write about it. D'habitude, I retreat into quotations. So here goes...

Clementina Vasile Cozzo makes her first appearance - a minor character but both admirable and spicy. "For decades the respectable people here did nothing but repeat that the Mafia was no concern of theirs but only involved the people involved in it. But I used to teach my pupils that the 'see-nothing, know-nothing...more
Jemima Pett
The Snack Thief is the third in Andrea Camilleri's wonderful series starring the Sicilian detective Salvu Montalbano. Here is a heady combination of crime, intrigue, sun, seafood dishes, pasta and a tangled love life. Salvu is a bit snitty round his staff sometimes, but he's also great fun. My brother, who's read them all in the original Italian/Sicilian (!), says Signor Camilleri is somewhat formulaic, but I haven't yet found that. What I have found is pacy writing, formed largely from dialogue...more
Gabriel Valjan
The Snack Thief is probably my favorite Camilleri novel for one simple reason: you see Salvo coming to terms with fatherhood or rather that he isn’t a father. It is a bittersweet epiphany that is captured in a sincere way. He comes to know a young boy who is on the run from killers. Read the picnic scene and the interaction between François and Salvo and it’ll bring a tear to your eye. Camilleri also shows Salvo’s girlfriend Livia’s struggling with motherhood. Emotions run deep in the Montalbano...more
Camilleri, Andrea. THE SNACK THIEF. (2003). ****. I got about fifty pages into this book when I realized I had read it before. I hate when this happens, but I had to finish it because I couldn’t remember how it ended. It is another in the excellent series by this author featuring Inspector Montalbano of the Sicilian police force. Things go differently in Sicily than they do in the rest of the world, and nobody knows this as well as the Inspector. He has to think like the criminal element, and th...more
This is the third book in Andrea Camilleri’s crime/mystery series featuring Inspector Montalbano. I love how cynical Montalbano can be, how he thinks things through in his own times appearing to be heartless and mean without reason. But there is always a reason! Also love all the “food” talk. Find myself wanting to cook the Italian foods that are mentioned often throughout each of Camilleri’s books.

Jacket notes: “When an elderly man is stabbed to death in an elevator and a crewman on an...more
This is the first Montalbano book I've read after the series was recommended to me by a friend. I love Sicily, and am a great fan of Donna Leon's detective stories which are set in Venice so I was pretty sure I'd like this - and I did. The hero, Montalbano, is a real character, a man with an appetite for good food, wine, his work and life. But he is also a maverick, whose back is constantly being covered by long-suffering colleagues. He also does not appreciate his poor girlfriend and has terrib...more
Camilleri sets a series of mysteries in Sicily, with Inspector Montalbano as the sleuth. The books are written in colloquial Italian/Sicilian and translated; the writer or the translator is getting better. This, the third of the series, is decidedly easier to read and more entertaining than the earlier works. Local color makes the books interesting. The local political scene, set in the present day, is reminiscent of the common view of a Sicily in which corruption is commonplace. Perhaps the aut...more
This is the third in the Montelbano series - I just love this series. It is not as dark and troubled as the Zen series character which I also enjoyed. Montelbano is confused, chaotic, multi faceted, in fact very Italian with a central theme of the food. Oh, the food - I am recreating the dishes described in the book as far as I can. And, the humour - there are laugh out loud moments and moments of genius insight. I enjoyed the first few TV progs and now am downloading Series 3 from itunes. Highl...more
This is the third book in the Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano series, and oh how we love this Italian police series!

Take the tour of the locations in the book here: Montalbano tour here

He has a certain way about him and a determination to get to the truth.

In the case of the snack thief, Montalbano exposes a viper’s nest of government corruption and international intrigue when an elderly man is stabbed to death in an lift. A crewman on an Italian fishing trawler is machine-gunned by a Tun...more
Nick Jones
The third Montalbano book and the third I’ve read in just over three months. Two things are happening: 1) I find I’m getting a little addicted to them and 2) I find I’m getting a little irritated by them...this is not a good combination. One problem is that I find the detectives in detective fiction smug know-it-alls. (My favourite detective stories tend to be ones where the detective gets it wrong: Trent’s Last Case or films such as The Conversation or Night Moves.) Of course Montalbano has his...more
Difícilmente puede uno encontrar un autor de novelas policiacas que le haga sombra a Camilleri. No solo por el modo en el que construye la trama policiaca propiamente dicha sino, sobre todo, por la manera en la que abandona ese mismo entorno detectivesco, de investigación, y se introduce en el lado emotivo de los personajes. En este sentido, sería erróneo calificar como "novela negra" lo que hace Camilleri, aun cuando el protagonista de sus textos sea un policía y este mismo policía suela verse...more
I have to admit that I’ve never read any of Andrea Camilleri’s books, so a friend of mine who knows that I like mystery stories recommended it. And it was perfect! Andrea Camilleri knows how to tell stories that touch people. In this book, there were two central themes: we have the Italian family (which sometimes looks a lot like a Greek family) and the crimes that are committed within it and then love and sex (and most of the times those two don’t meet each other).

The one thing that I liked in...more
K.B. Hallman
This is the first book I've read in this series. And I will certainly be reading the rest of the series. Montalbano shares some character traits with Reginald Hill's Fat Andy Dalziel. Montalbano is unconventional, has his own sense of justice, and is fearless about seeing that his justice is served. But I have to hope that not every book in this series ends with a case summary--I definitely didn't like that aspect.
Joyce Lagow
3rd in the Inspector Montalbano series.[return][return]Montalbano is faced with something of a dilemma. A fishing boat has been fired on in what the captain claims was international waters by a Tunisian patrol boat; one of the crew was killed. Although the boat is from a different port, it docks, with the body, in Vig
Montalbano is one of the best detective characters I've read in a long time--tough, irratic, and eccentric; honest with those who tell him the truth, honorable when his code of conduct is involved; but still (as other characters remind him) an unfair ass-hole who is impossible to work for, who sometimes ignores his responsibilities, and who can make major mistakes. This one is serious, complicated, often funny, and like the others, as brief as it could possibly be. Beautifully translated into En...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
Charles Kerns
I keep trying to figure out why the main character, detective Montalbano, arrogant, tyrannical and petty in his dealings with fellow officers and oftentimes with victims and suspects and even passersby, keeps drawing me back. OK, he is written well. He has a plate of compassion for the underdog pushed down his throat by the author at times. He always eats well, sitting quietly when he dines, paying full attention to each bite, so the author has nothing to do at these moments but write of the foo...more
This is the third in the Inspector Montalbano series, although it's benign title belies the international intrigue in which the inspector becomes involved. A Tunisian patrol boat fires upon an Italian fishing boat, killing one of its crew in what is arguably international waters. Meanwhile, an elderely businessman is stabbed in the elevator of his apartment building and left for the next person to use it to find. Montalbano discovers that the businessman, long since retired, still visits his "of...more
Come tutti i libri di Camilleri, si legge benissimo.
È scorrevole, nonostante quel linguaggio tutto suo, cui ci si abitua, dopo la prima decina di pagine.
È incalzante, nell’azione; è ironico, nelle battute sarcastiche del commissario Montalbano; è comico, per come vengono delineati alcuni personaggi di contorno o di secondario interesse.

Pur essendo anche questa storia commovente e stupendamente scritta, forse alcuni personaggi non hanno riscontrato pienamente la mia simpatia. In questo romanzo po...more
Glyn Smith-Wild
I love mysteries, dramas and crime novels, so it was a delight to read my first of Andrea Camilleri's books. What was so different, so refreshing, was the light-hearted element of his writing. Inspector Montalbano's laid back approach to his sleuthing was brilliant.
So if, like me you enjoy a good detective novel, but would enjoy less of the darkness so often attached, you will be certain to enjoy this.
Set in Sicily, the elements of the country are laid out for you to enjoy - the food, the scen...more
Bev Taylor
just transport donna leons's detective from venice to sicily!

farcical and endearing, sly and witty - a cross between philip marlowe and columbo. the man himself - montalbano - must pick his way thru a labyrinth of corruption, false clues and vendettas, and of course the way to a man's heart is thru his stomach - especially in italy. an ideal way to fill your belly and glean extra info but also get deflected

just go with the flow

I am reading Camilleri's series sequentially and his protagonist, Inspector Montalbano,is so complex that each of the books really has a distinctive tone.

The second of the series was intriguing because it showcased Montalbano's erudition and interest in solving an historical puzzle (I loved it) but this book felt much more like a traditional crime novel to me. For that reason I found it less interesting.

And, the Inspector developed into a man with fewer virtues and more flaws than before. In th...more
Shonna Froebel
Inspector Salvo Montalbano attempts to avoid getting drawn into a case involving a Tunisian killed on a fishing boat, and instead focuses on a case of a man found stabbed to death in the elevator of his apartment building. The elderly man is found quite soon after he has been stabbed, and his wife has an alibi, having left early that morning to visit her sister. It becomes apparent that the dead man had a mistress who he met in his office on a regular basis, and as they track down the mistress,...more
Maria Longley
I had two minutes to choose something to read before getting a train so I went with this not knowing anything about it. I really enjoyed this! A Sicilian detective with a great love of good food solves some murders. I didn't know what to make of him all the time but he did have an interesting operating code and the book had its funny moments too. I'll definitely look out for some more Camilleri.
"In the third book in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series, the urbane and perceptive Sicilian detective exposes a viper's nest of government corruption and international intrigue in a compelling new case. When an elderly man is stabbed to death in an elevator and a crewman on an Italian fishing trawler is machine-gunned by a Tunisian patrol boat off Sicily's coast, only Montalbano suspects the link between the two incidents. His investigation leads to the beautiful Karima, an impoveri...more
E’ la terza storia dedicata al Commissario Montalbano, dove si intrecciano due indagini: viene ritrovato il cadavere di Aurelio Lapecora all’interno di un ascensore, e un peschereccio viene attaccato da una motovedetta tunisina che uccide un membro dell’equipaggio, si tratta forse di contrabbando in acque internazionali ?
Si ritrovano i tratti caratteristici del personaggio di Montalbano: è spesso scontroso e mangia sempre, ama la teatralità, mostra la propria immaturità nel rapporto con il padre...more
Having toyed with the idea of this crime series for some time, on a whim I decided to dive in with what the library shelves had rather than at the beginning. I think I had notions of appealing descriptions of Sicilian scenery... but instead I got very appealing descriptions of food. Montalbano is indeed your standard issue ornery cop but his vice of choice is good meals.

It was a complex and engaging plot with some lovely little scenes such as Montalbano discovering a basis for communication with...more
La burocrazia italiana, di solito lentissima, diventa fulminea quando si tratta di fottere il cittadino.

Ce l'ho fatta! E' il mio primo Montalbano, e sono contenta di averlo finalmente letto. Temevo il dialetto, ma dopo una decina di pagine non ho avuto difficoltà ad andare avanti e la lettura è stata scorrevole e molto divertente. Due indagini parallele, buon cibo, paesaggi inventati ma resi alla perfezione. Peccato che ricordavo benissimo la puntata vista in tv, perciò sapevo già in anticipo co...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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“Montalbano and Valente seemed not to have heard him, looking as if their minds were elsewhere. But in fact they were paying very close attention, like cats that, keeping their eyes closed as if asleep, are actually counting the stars. ” 6 likes
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