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Publisher's Summary

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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A winner!

Sicily, law-enforcement, human-trafficking, humor

It begins with Montalbano finding a corpse in the water near his home and being filmed naked by local TV, then alarming criminal behavior by higher ups in law enforcement is publicized, and progresses to what starts out as a small mystery about a young boy. Montalbano is disheartened by the police scandal and plots to retire, but then the small boy is murdered. The rest of the story is just as fascinating yet also balanced with humor. Another winner!
Steven Sartorelli is the deviously clever translator, and Grover Gardner is the narrator extraordinary.

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Curse the Saints

What made the experience of listening to Rounding the Mark the most enjoyable?

Grover Gardner does such a great job as the narrator. The humorous writing of Andrea Camilleri makes for such an enjoyable listen. Each of the characters are well developed and so distinct.

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My favorite scenes in each of the series is when Montalbano starts a circular conversation that just makes me laugh out loud. The wit of the writing is so entertaining.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to this book in one sitting. It isn't as long as the others but I am working my way through listening to one after the other.

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Exquisite Plot

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Exceeded expectations. An intricate plot that all came together. Montalbano's vulnerability continues to increase. His supporting cast is becoming more important.

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Creepy Good

Imagine running into a dead body while you are swimming, and then having the mental and physical fortitude to drag it back to shore. That's how the story starts. Imagine where it ends.

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Too much politics not enough story

I love this series but this particular book was a disappointment. It’s too much about the politics of immigration, not enough police procedural mystery. If an author wants to present his political views that’s fine, just don’t do it in the guise of entertainment

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Fascinating story

Always wonder how he’s going to knit together the two seemingly divergent things but this one was horrific tale of sadism. Not for the squeamish

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very interesting book

as always the story captures your attention and you keep reading into the middle of the night

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Fun, realistic, well told

I saw recently that you can watch episodes of Montalbano's escapades on YT, but can't bring myself to watch them unless Grover Gardner is narrating. His voice belongs with these stories. I really can't imagine Salvo having his own voice without Gardner.
In any event, this is yet another enjoyable escapade and more, with Camilleri's signature shenanigans and philosophising together with Ingrid's fast driving and Adelina putting her employer in his place.

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Still love this series

Wonderful narrative and good story. Must read for those who love this series and the inspector

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Repetitive

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Camilleri's stories are too predictable. I enjoyed the first few but his formula is not holding up. The stories are thin and stretched out to make up the 5 hours of recording.