Angelica’s SmileBy Andrea CamilleriTranslated by Stephen Sartarelli PenguinJune 24, 2014ISBN: 978-0-143-12376-7Paperback, 304 pp., $16.00Reviewed by Theodore FeitInspector Montalbano is now 58 years old, and sometimes he feels like he’s “lostAngelica’s Smile By Andrea Camilleri Translated by Stephen Sartarelli Penguin June 24, 2014 ISBN: 978-0-143-12376-7 Paperback, 304 pp., $16.00 Reviewed by Theodore Feit
Inspector Montalbano is now 58 years old, and sometimes he feels like he’s “lost it” and should retire. Then in this latest caper, the 17th in the series, in the twilight of his days, he meets a young, beautiful woman, Angelica, in the course of investigating a series of similar burglaries and takes the plunge with her obvious assistance (and in face of the anticipated wrath of his long-time friend, Livia). Each of the burglaries follows the same pattern: A vacation home is broken into while the occupants are asleep, various contents are removed, including the keys to their homes in Vigata, and their car driven away. Then the home in town is entered using those keys and burglarized.
Angelica reminds the Inspector of the beautiful character in Ludovico Ariosto’s romance, Orlando Furioso, with whom he “fell in love with” as a youth. Of course, this old image is transferred to Angelica and gives the author the opportunity to put all kinds of quotes in the Inspector’s mouth as he fantasizes about the real, live girl. As the crimes mount, neither Montalbano nor his side kick, Fazio, has a clue regarding the culprits. The Inspector keeps hoping for an inspiration in a flash of lightening.
As its predecessors, this novel shows off the quirky characters in the best of lights, their portrayal sharp and witty. Another excellent addition to a worthy, long-running series, and recommended. ...Continua Nascondi