August Heat

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August Heat by Andrea Camilleri, is the tenth instalment in the Inspector Montalbano series, adapted as a major BBC4 television series.

Montalbano quickly slammed the trunk shut and sat down on top of it. When the beam from Livia's torch shone on his face, he automatically smiled.

'What's in the trunk?' Livia asked.

'Nothing. It's empty.'

How could he possibly have told her there was a corpse inside?

The lazy, slow month of August at the height of the Sicilian summer is, Inspector Montalbano assures his girlfriend Livia as they prepare for a relaxing holiday in a villa he has found for them, far too hot for any murders to be committed. But when Livia's friends' young son goes missing, a chain of events is sparked which will certainly ruin the Chief Inspector's pleasant interlude.

A secret apartment and a grisly find in an old trunk are just the beginning, as Montalbano navigates his way though the case, as well as coping with the sweltering heat, the suspicious death of an Arab labourer and the tempting lure of a beautiful girl . . .

August Heat is followed by the eleventh book in the series, The Wings of the Sphinx.

'A magnificent series of novels' Sunday Times

'Wonderful Italian detective stories' Guardian

About Andrea Camilleri

Andrea Camilleri is one of Italy’s most famous contemporary writers. The Inspector Montalbano series has been translated into thirty-two languages and was adapted for Italian television, screened on BBC4. The Potter’s Field, the thirteenth book in the series, was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association’s International Dagger for the best crime novel translated into English. He lives in Rome.

Stephen Sartarelli is an award-winning translator. He is also the author of three books of poetry, most recently The Open Vault. He lives in France.

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Books by Andrea Camilleri

A Nest of Vipers
A Nest of Vipers
The Brewer of Preston
The Brewer of Preston
Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories
Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories
A Voice in the Night
A Voice in the Night
Game of Mirrors
Game of Mirrors
Blade of Light
Blade of Light
The Treasure Hunt
The Treasure Hunt
Hunting Season
Hunting Season
Angelica's Smile
Angelica's Smile
The Age of Doubt
The Age of Doubt
The Track of Sand
The Track of Sand
Inspector Montalbano: The first three novels in the series
Inspector Montalbano: The first three novels in the series
The Dance Of The Seagull
The Dance Of The Seagull
The Potter's Field
The Potter's Field
The Wings of the Sphinx
The Wings of the Sphinx
The Paper Moon
The Paper Moon
The Patience of the Spider
The Patience of the Spider
Rounding the Mark
Rounding the Mark
The Scent of the Night
The Scent of the Night
Excursion to Tindari
Excursion to Tindari
The Voice of the Violin
The Voice of the Violin
The Terracotta Dog
The Terracotta Dog
The Snack Thief
The Snack Thief
The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water

Books in the Series

A Nest of Vipers
A Nest of Vipers
A Voice in the Night
A Voice in the Night
Game of Mirrors
Game of Mirrors
Blade of Light
Blade of Light
The Treasure Hunt
The Treasure Hunt
Angelica's Smile
Angelica's Smile
The Age of Doubt
The Age of Doubt
The Track of Sand
The Track of Sand
The Dance Of The Seagull
The Dance Of The Seagull
The Potter's Field
The Potter's Field
The Wings of the Sphinx
The Wings of the Sphinx
The Paper Moon
The Paper Moon
The Patience of the Spider
The Patience of the Spider
Rounding the Mark
Rounding the Mark
The Scent of the Night
The Scent of the Night
Excursion to Tindari
Excursion to Tindari
The Voice of the Violin
The Voice of the Violin
The Terracotta Dog
The Terracotta Dog
The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
The Snack Thief
The Snack Thief