The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

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The Shape of Water is the first in Andrea Camilleri's wry, brilliantly compelling Sicilian crime series, featuring Inspector Montalbano.

The goats of Vigàta once grazed on the trash-strewn site still known as the Pasture. Now local enterprise of a different sort flourishes: drug dealers and prostitutes of every flavour. But their discreet trade is upset when two employees of the Splendour Refuse Collection Company discover the body of engineer Silvio Luparello, one of the local movers and shakers, apparently deceased in flagrante at the Pasture. The coroner's verdict is death from natural causes - refreshingly unusual for Sicily.

But Inspector Salvo Montalbano, as honest as he is streetwise and as scathing to fools and villains as he is compassionate to their victims, is not ready to close the case - even though he's being pressured by Vigàta's police chief, judge, and bishop.

Picking his way through a labyrinth of high-comedy corruption, delicious meals, vendetta firepower, and carefully planted false clues, Montalbano can be relied on, whatever the cost, to get to the heart of the matter.

The Shape of Water is followed by the second in this phenomenal series, The Terracotta Dog.

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

Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories
Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories
Blade of Light
Blade of Light
Angelica's Smile
Angelica's Smile
Hunting Season
Hunting Season
The Potter's Field
The Potter's Field
Game of Mirrors
Game of Mirrors
The Treasure Hunt
The Treasure Hunt
The Brewer of Preston
The Brewer of Preston
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
Inspector Montalbano: The first three novels in the series
Inspector Montalbano: The first three novels in the series
The Wings of the Sphinx
The Wings of the Sphinx
August Heat
August Heat
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

Books in the Series

Blade of Light
Blade of Light
Angelica's Smile
Angelica's Smile
The Potter's Field
The Potter's Field
Game of Mirrors
Game of Mirrors
The Treasure Hunt
The Treasure Hunt
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 Wings of the Sphinx
The Wings of the Sphinx
August Heat
August Heat
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