• Rounding the Mark

  • An Inspector Montalbano Mystery
  • By: Andrea Camilleri
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (254 ratings)

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Rounding the Mark

By: Andrea Camilleri
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
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While swimming along the Sicilian shore, Inspector Montalbano discovers a corpse. His pursuit of the cause of death intersects with the inquiry into a hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a young boy who may have been victimized by human traffickers.

The buying and selling of immigrant children, for slave labor, sex, and as a source of illegal organ transplants, is part of the evil underside of the opening of Europe's borders. That, combined with frustration with his department's repressive handling of security for the G-8 summit in Genoa and the corruption among his superiors and the politicians behind them, makes setting anything right seem like an exercise in futility.

Montalbano alternates between despair and steely resolve. When he realizes that he may have inadvertently aided the boy's victimizers, his internal turmoil intensifies.

Solve another mystery with Inspector Montalbano.
©2003 Sellerio Editore; Translation copyright 2006 by Stephen Sartarelli (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

“Montalbano is a delightful creature.” (USA Today)
“Camilleri is as crafty and charming a writer as his protagonist is an investigator.” (Washington Post)

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This is standard Montalbano, which means an engrossing blend of comedy, social commentary, crime, and engaging characters, all wrapped up in a story that keeps you listening.

For me, one of the most enjoyable aspects of these novels is that, unlike most detective fiction, you don’t strain your brain trying to figure out whodunnit. Instead, you sit back and watch Montalbano eat Italian seafood and solve the case for you. And, as always, Grover Gardner serves it all up to perfection.

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