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La prima indagine di Montalbano (Commissario Montalbano #8.5)

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Montalbano ha trentacinque anni, è un uomo adulto, ma nella professione sconta ancora qualche ingenuità, non è così astuto, smaliziato come siamo abituati a conoscerlo. E c'è chi è pronto ad approfittarne... L'archeologia di Montalbano e le sue prime esperienze nel mondo del crimine narrate in tre lunghi racconti.
Hardcover, Scrittori italiani e stranieri, 340 pages
Published 2004 by Mondadori
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Richard
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: previously-read, own
I had previously read only the title story in a one story volume. (About 125 pages.)
So you can imagine that the remaining pages and other 20 stories comprises a large element of this more complete book.
The other great aspect is that we have an introduction from the author himself about his writing and how he captures his detective and what he writes.
The work of the translater, Stephen Sartarelli, also deserves special mention s he brings a real humanityto the work and where Italian doesn't quite
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Jeanette
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is long within all the stories it holds, but I just flew through it.

Having watched the entire TV film series (actually there are 2 of them- one is called the Young Montalbano and is nearly prequel to all of these)- I could read quite quickly. In about 75% of the cases I knew the outcome because of the film versions. But reading some of these gave me conduit to passage for the under characters and all kinds of locale "eyes" and info that deepened the tales. They did for me. It also gav
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Cathy Cole
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This prequel to the wonderful Inspector Montalbano mystery series by Andrea Camilleri will be read eagerly by all his fans, and is a great starting point for those who have yet to read any of the books. In it, we see a young Montalbano when he first arrives in Vigata. We get to see him choosing his home. We get to see him finding all the best restaurants in which to eat and learning to work with the rest of the staff in the police station and a journalist at the local television station. We watc ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The novella’s title refers to Salvo Montalbano’s first case after his promotion to chief inspector at Vigàta, which involves an illiterate young girl thought to have tried to assassinate a judge. But Salvo soon realizes there’s much more to the case than meets the eye.

Author Andrea Camilleri packs a lot into the book’s 97 pages, which readers new to the series will appreciate. However, longtime fans will be amused at how the maverick Montalbano begins his tenure with his typical disregard for ru
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Paul
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Montalbanos First Case & Other Stories

If you enjoy Andrea Camilleri’s detective Inspector Montalbano, then this book is for you, even if the stories will be familiar to those who have watched the TV series. This is also Camilleri’s personal anthology of those short stories, and all readers are treated to the rich prose and imagery that he uses, that is even better than the views one gets from the television series.

From Salvo’s first case when he had not yet been appointed to Vigata and was a
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Donna
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great back story for one of my favorite literary characters. the "other stories" all very clever as well
James
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One for the fans
Ludditus
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to get a taste of Inspector Montalbano without reading the first novel in the series, and this collection of short stories was probably the best choice, despite a few of them being of a lesser value, and one of them definitely a fuck-up.

At first, I was reluctant. I’m not a fan of the Italian movies or stories with the Mafia (Cosa Nostra, 'Ndrangheta, Camorra, Stidda, Sacra Corona Unita, and whatnot), nor am I familiar with any Italian police procedural (“La Piovra” wasn’t exactly a poli
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Ann Sloan
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novella (97 pages according to Amazon) is a prequel to the international bestselling Inspector Montalbano series. It was available on Net Galley, so I received my copy on my Kindle. Thank you, Net Galley!

According to the reviews on Amazon, “Salvo Montalbano is thirty-five years old and still a bit naive—and there are plenty of criminals ready to take advantage of his inexperience.” I didn’t detect any naivety in Montalbano at all, except, perhaps, he didn’t pay close enough attention to his
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Elidanora
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Después de la decepción del último de Montalbano, leer estos relatos es como volver al inicio y entender porque me gusta tanto esta serie.
Los tres son relatos sin sangre, como apunta el autor y en tres momentos de la vida del comisario.
Me gusto sobre todo el 2do. ya que habla de cuando era subcomisario y el inicio de la carrera en Vigata, se vislumbra ya que le gusta mantener relaciones a distancia, probablemente para poder manejar su vida sin dar demasiadas explicaciones, tan solo alguna excu
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Montalbano’s First Case and Other Stories: The Inspector Montalbano, Book 8.5
Series: Inspector Montalbano Book 0.5
Written by: Andrea Camilleri
Translated by: Stephen Sartarelli
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date: 02-11-16
Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Short Story Month of MAY
Introduction to the collected 21 stories, chosen and described by author, Camilleri. Not all stories are in original written order, in fact the first one is his most recent. Not
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Siuan83
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
Non avevo mai letto nulla di Camilleri, ma questo romanzo che raccoglie tre sue indagini mi è piaciuto tantissimo !!
Il dialetto siciliano, usato per dare realismo all'ambiente non è assolutamente di intralcio alla lettura e il commissario Montalbano, che ad essere sinceri mi immaginavo come un individuo volgare e rozzo è in realtà una persona molto umana , di buon cuore e con un notevole amore per la letteratura, il che non guasta mai .
Una trama perfetta e ben orchestrata , uno stile incisivo,
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Dale
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, italy, mystery
This is a straight-up Montalbano story without the self-referential nonsense that has marred some of the recent books in the Montalbano series. It is as if by writing about the early Montalbano, Camilleri was able to regain the direct freshness of the earlier novels.

Montalbano has just received his promotion to inspector and transferred to Vigata, much to his delight. And already he has his fine sense of justice which sometimes causes him to bend the rules beyond all recognition. And he has begu
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Inna
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The level of the short stories varies, but the collection is still delightful and very much fun to read.
Stargazer
Like a comfy old pair of slippers. i just love hanging out with montalbano (and cat), and the stories are almost incidental.
Magrathea
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
....e il settimo giorno Camilleri creò Montalbano.

Tre racconti lunghi, senza "ammazzatine", anche perchè a Camilleri non è che gliene importi tanto di mostrare sangue e truculenza se non nella misura strumentale a far luce sulla natura umana delle cose. Particolarmente singolare è il racconto centrale, quello che mostra il giovane commissario nel passaggio dall'odiata sede di Mascalippa (fra le montagne) e quella definitiva di Vigata (vicino al mare). Lasciando da parte la prima indagine che qu
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Anna
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: better-junk-food
The only thing holding me back from a 5-star review of this collection is Camilleri's uneven handling of male and female characters. He brings so much complexity to the various men in the stories, but women show up much less often and with far less depth. When they do appear, they're mostly victims, schemers or very peripheral characters well past the age of fertility. Livia comes the closest to an intelligent female character who contributes (some things) beyond mere sex, but even she shows up ...more
Martha Bratton
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. This is a collection of stories, which I generally wouldn't read, but the prose is so eloquent and the characterizations of the Sicilians, each more twisted and crafty than the next, is fascinating. My new favorite passage in all literature comes from "Montalbano Says No."

This is not a spoiler because Camilleri writes it in his preface and it is still a surprise to see how he fitted into that story: ". . . the inspector makes a late-night phone call to me, his author, in which he tells
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Igor
Il mio primo Moltalbano
Come al solito quando c'è un "caso editoriale" io i libri li leggo molto tempo dopo: questa regola vale anche per Camilleri, col quale mi sono cimentato solo grazie ai libri omaggio di Bol.it !! A parte la difficoltà iniziale di abituarsi allo stile di scrittura e alla "lingua" che mescola termini dei vari dialetti siciliani, il libro scorre piacevole, gli intrecci sono interessanti e non banali, e ne fanno un ottimo libro giallo. Certo che se a uno non piacciono i gialli
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Judith
This is not the first collection of short stories and a novella or two of the crafty and ingenious detective. The first story is how he came to Vigata; the other stories are not in chronological order nor can they (except for Mimi's "affairs", references to Beba, and then their son) be placed in the chronology of the novel length mysteries. Camilleri has the ability to write with humor and wit (the two are not the same) and at the same time with great humanity towards certain of the characters. ...more
Susan
A generous helping of stories, all--as promised--involving Montalbano, some of which date from before he met Livia and before he became Inspector at Vigata. We learn how he came to his ideal house on the beach at Marinella, and how unhappy he was at his earlier assignment in the mountains (where he returns on a vacation with Livia--he's still not crazy about them). Some of the 21 stories will attract you more than others--I loved "Catarella solves a case"--but it's a delightful collection, as us ...more
Tony
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This comprehensive collection of short stories and novellas is a great introduction to Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano. The 21 tales collected here vary in style from: procedural to funny to serious and even surreal. I found the shorter tales more enjoyable than the longer novellas, but they all held my interest. My personal favorites are: "Dress Rehearsal", "Catarella Solves a Case", and "Montalbano Says No".
Julie
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I enjoyed this book much more than I expected. When I realized that it was a collection of stories, I thought that I would only like the "fist case" and maybe one or two other stories (especially when I saw that some of the 21 stories in the book were only a couple of pages long). I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed every story in the collection. I thought it was a nice way to get more familiar with Montalbano, from the 4 or so books that I had read previously.
Stephanie
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pas du tout déçue ! Un autre livre qu'Andrea Camilleri que j'ai adoré !
J'aime tellement l'atmosphère qu'il y a dans ses livres. J'aime à chaque fois que j'ouvre un de ses livre qui relate les enquêtes de Montalbano revenir à Vigata et l'Italie.

Et il n'y avait pas de mort... ce qui n'a rien enlevé au plaisir de suivre : Salvo, Fazio, Augello, Catarella et les autres. En somme, une excellente lecture !
Cate
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love all the main montalbano novels. I rate them highly and devour them when they come out.

However this one was disappointing. Montalbano first case is good as are some of the other short stories. But at least half of the short stories are not good and really I wish I hadn't read them. Montalbano's are so much better than this selection. Stick to the main novels.
Ching-Bing-Ping
There are writers and then there is Andrea Camilleri. One of the best short story collection I have read in a long long time. Not all the stories can be marked as straight thrillers, actually mot of them can be taken down as non-thrillers with Montalbano in them. But, each of them are a treat to read. One of the best birthday gifts I have had in a long time.
Ligia
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italian
"Ma la cosa che preoccupava Montalbano era indovi che l'avrebbero mandato, la cosiddetta destinazione. Che è parola, destinazione, vicina assà a un'altra parola, destino. Perché promozione veniva macari a significare trasferimento. E quindi cangiamento di casa, di abitudini, di amicizie: un destino tutto da scoprire."
Margaret
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome

The writing is spectacular, showing a knowledge of the human spirit and all of its foibles, betrayals, and tragedies paralleled by the greatest of writers. The difference between Camilleri and other great writers ? He laces all of this understanding with real humor.
Martin Roberts
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leer a Camilleri es siempre un deleite.
Patricia Kurz
Rather light but some stories were more riveting than others.
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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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