Hunting Season

Hunting Season

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From internationally bestselling author Andrea Camilleri, a brilliant, bawdy comedy that will surprise even the most die-hard Montalbano fans
In 1880s Vigata, a stranger comes to town to open a pharmacy. Fofo turns out to be the son of a man legendary for having a magic garden stocked with plants, fruits, and vegetables that could cure any ailment a man who was found murdered years ago. Fofo escaped, but now has reappeared looking to make his fortune and soon finds himself mixed up in the dealings of a philandering local marchese set on producing an heir.
An absurd, quirky murder mystery that recalls the most hilarious and farcical scenes of Shakespeare and The Canterbury Tales, Hunting Season will introduce American readers to a refreshing new aspect of one of our best-loved writers."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 128 x 200 x 16mm | 100g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0143126539
  • 9780143126539
  • 107,059

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Praise for Hunting Season
Entertaining and every so often moving....The comedy is broader, bawdier and darker in Hunting Season. The Wall Street Journal
[A] darkly comic Italian revenge noir...the fiendishly clever plot builds with a cool undercurrent of suspense....A deftly lean, addictive mystery. Shelf Awareness
[A] bawdy little gem from the author of the Inspector Montalbano series. Publishers Weekly
[Camilleri] turns his hand to historical fiction: the result is another success....It would take a saint not to crack a smile at the antics that take place in these pages. Library Journal
Praise for Andrea Camilleri and the Montalbano Series:
Camilleri s Inspector Montalbano mysteries might sell like hotcakes in Europe, but these world-weary crime stories were unknown here until the oversight was corrected (in Stephen Sartarelli s salty translation) by the welcome publication ofThe Shape of Water This savagely funny police procedural prove[s] that sardonic laughter is a sound that translates ever so smoothly into English. The New York Times Book Review
Hailing from the land of Umberto Eco and La Cosa Nostra, Montalbano can discuss a pointy-headed book likeWestern Attitudes Toward Deathas unflinchingly as he can pore over crime-scene snuff photos. He throws together an extemporaneous lunch of shrimp with lemon and oil as gracefully as he dodges advances from attractive women. Los AngelesTimes
[Camilleri s mysteries] offer quirky characters, crisp dialogue, bright storytelling and Salvo Montalbano, one of the most engaging protagonists in detective fiction Montalbano is a delightful creation, an honest man on Siciliy s mean streets. USAToday
Camilleri is as crafty and charming a writer as his protagonist is an investigator. The Washington Post Book World
Like Mike Hammer or Sam Spade, Montalbano is the kind of guy who can t stay out of trouble Still, deftly and lovingly translated by Stephen Sartarelli, Camilleri makes it abundantly clear that under the gruff, sardonic exterior our inspector has a heart of gold, and that any outburst, fumbles, or threats are made only in the name of pursuing truth. The Nation
Camilleri can do a character s whole backstory in half a paragraph. The New Yorker
Subtle, sardonic, andmolto simpatico Montalbano is the Latin re-creation of Philip Marlowe, working in a place that manages to be both more and less civilized than Chandler s Los Angeles. Kirkus Reviews(starred)
Wit and delicacy and the fast-cut timing of farce play across the surface but what keeps it from frothing into mere intellectual charm is the persistent, often sexually bemused Montalbano, moving with ease along zigzags created for him, teasing out threads of discrepancy that unravel the whole. HoustonChronicle
Sublime and darkly humorous Camilleri balances his hero s personal and professional challenges perfectly and leaves the reader eager for more. Publishers Weekly(starred review)
The Montalbano mysteries offercose dolcito the world-lit lover hankering for a whodunit. The Village Voice
In Sicily, where people do things as they please, Inspector Salvo Montalbano is a bona fide folk hero. The New York Times Book Review
The books are full of sharp, precise characterizations and with subplots that make Montalbano endearingly human Like the antipasti that Montalbano contentedly consumes, the stories are light and easily consumed, leaving one eager for the next course. New YorkJournal of Books
The reading of these little gems is fast and fun every step of the way. The New York Sun
This series is distinguished by Camilleri s remarkable feel for tragicomedy, expertly mixing light and dark in the course of producing novels that are both comforting and disturbing. Booklist"
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About Andrea Camilleri

Andrea Camilleri, a mega-bestseller in Italy and Germany, is the author of the New York Times-bestselling Inspector Montalbano mystery series, as well as historical novels which take place in nineteenth-century Siciliy, includingHunting Season. The Montalbano series has been translated into thirty-two languages and was adapted for Italian television. The Potter's Field, the thirteenth book in the series, was awarded the Crime Writers Association's International Dagger Award for the best crime novel translated into English, and was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Stephen Sartarelli is an award-winning translator and the author of three books of poetry."
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Rating details

624 ratings
3.4 out of 5 stars
5 14% (87)
4 34% (210)
3 35% (220)
2 13% (84)
1 4% (23)
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