Wednesday, April 8, 2015

GAME OF MIRRORS by Andrea Camilleri

Andrea Camilleri’s Game of Mirrors is deceiving.

Inspector Montalbano’s next door neighbor tries to seduce him. She is beautiful almost beyond belief, but Montalbano knows she has an ulterior motive.

He decides to go along to learn the motive. (Also, of course, he is attracted to her.)

As he and his crew investigate two warehouse bombings (neither of them having done much damage), Montalbano’s neighbor keeps popping up in his life.

The story starts as a puzzling seduction, not harmless exactly, but not terribly violent. Then it ends with two of the most terrible murders I have read about lately.

In between, Montalbano deals with mob factions at war. He watches them try to use the press to smear him. Then he works to outsmart them as they try to set him up to be accused of murder.

And, as always, he manages a wonderful (and sometimes humorous) surrounding cast.

When I looked back on the story, I could see the violence and desperation teeming underneath.

Montalbano knows there is tragedy in store. He outsmarts the halls of mirrors, the deceptions, but he does not do that without cost to him.

Game of Mirrors has all the Montalbano hallmarks--strong Sicilian characters, luscious meals, a frank sexual undertow, and a sense of impending danger.

Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano stories are an addiction for me. Though it was far from the best in the series, Game of Mirrors didn’t disappoint.
Stephen Sartarelli translated this book into English.

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