Books by Stephen Sartarelli

DEATH AT SEA by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"This is a fine introduction for newcomers to Camilleri's work and, for the dedicated, eight examples of why Inspector Montalbano is so beloved."
Sicilian police inspector Montalbano returns in this collection of eight short cases. Read full book review >
THE SACCO GANG by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"The injustice here has an immediacy; the tale itself feels part of legend."
An Italian family goes from poverty to prosperity and then to infamy in this brisk account of the persecution the Mafia brought to 1920s Italy, based on a true story. Read full book review >
A NEST OF VIPERS by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Expect the ending to make you squirm, though you have to admire Camilleri's ability to disarm horror with his particular charm; the town of Vigàta quietly soldiers on."
When you're a loan shark with an open liking for younger women, the occasional death threat maybe isn't so alarming. Read full book review >
THE REVOLUTION OF THE MOON by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A European historical footnote becomes a contemporary morality tale and a small, touching act of homage."
In a tragicomic parable of justice based on a true episode, the corrupt 17th-century power brokers of Sicily meet their match in a canny, revenge-driven female viceroy. Read full book review >
A VOICE IN THE NIGHT  by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Camilleri's trusty inspector keeps things lighthearted while catching powerful men with their pants down; you can trust in his razor-sharp investigative mind even as basic skills amusingly escape him."
When the distressed manager of a robbed supermarket winds up dead after being questioned, a seasoned investigator and his team are quick to discover that this crime has many layers. Read full book review >
MONTALBANO'S FIRST CASE by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Series fans will especially enjoy learning the origins of Montalbano and company. Though the title story is a bit low-stakes, newcomers may be sufficiently intrigued by Camilleri's droll humor and nifty storytelling to check out the rest of the series."
In the long title story that opens this collection, Camilleri shows sardonic Sicilian Inspector Montalbano, years before he became rumpled and stricken by a perpetual midlife crisis, with vigor and swag. Read full book review >
A BEAM OF LIGHT by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Montalbano's 19th outing has a more melancholy tone than his previous cases (Game of Mirrors, 2015, etc.) but also boasts a nifty, twisty mystery at its core."
A full plate of unsolved crimes is not enough to prevent a veteran Sicilian police inspector from flirting with disaster. Read full book review >
GAME OF MIRRORS by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 31, 2015

"Brisk, biting and cleverly plotted, Montalbano's 18th (Angelica's Smile, 2014, etc.) is both droll and suspenseful."
Inspector Montalbano's growing obsession with an alluring neighbor may be clouding his judgment as he pursues an elusive bomber. Read full book review >
THE BREWER OF PRESTON by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"Fans of Camilleri's long-running Inspector Montalbano series (Angelica's Smile, 2014, etc.) will be familiar with his brand of lusty lunacy, carried here to a degree that rivals Boccaccio."
In 19th-century Sicily, a cornucopia of craziness surrounds the première of an opera buffo in a small music-loving town.Read full book review >
THE AGE OF DOUBT by Stephen Sartarelli
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2012

"Montalbano's 14th (The Potter's Field, 2011, etc.) delves more deeply into the hero's interior life than usual. A droll delight for series fans, maybe not so much for new readers."
Has the implacable Inspector Montalbano been thrown off his game by a femme fatale—or worse, a whole clutch of them? Read full book review >
THE TRACK OF SAND by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

"Unlike Donna Leon's Venice, with its constant drip-drip-drip of official corruption, Camilleri's Sicily has long since surrendered to despairing ennui. Suave, resourceful Montalbano (The Wings of the Sphinx, 2010, etc.) is both its perfect expression and its best hope for an antidote."
Not even his home is safe from repeated violation in Chief Inspector Salvo Montalbano's latest case. Read full book review >
AUGUST HEAT by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

"Despite its noirish undertones, the perfect beach read for those lucky enough to have found suitable accommodations."
The victim in Inspector Salvo Montalbano's tenth case (The Paper Moon, 2008, etc.) has been waiting six years in a chest in an illegally constructed apartment. Read full book review >
THE PAPER MOON by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 25, 2008

"Another solid Sicilian noir from the ironic pen of Camilleri (The Patience of the Spider, 2007, etc.)."
Two seductive suspects battle for the allegiance and libido of a weary detective. Read full book review >
THE PATIENCE OF THE SPIDER by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2007

"Camilleri's character study deepens with every installment; his ironic eye is as sharp as ever."
Inspector Montalbano uncovers the truth surrounding a high-profile kidnapping. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE OF SCORTA by Laurent Gaudé
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2006

"A fable for dummies."
The 2004 Prix Goncourt winner is a lachrymose Old World melodrama tracking several generations of an outlaw Italian family entrenched in a bygone Southern village. Read full book review >
EXCURSION TO TINDARI by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"From the leisurely opening movement to the final clatter of revelations, Camilleri presents Sicily with humor and without illusions."
Sicilian Inspector Salvo Montalbano ponders a tricky question: What's the connection between a dead sexual athlete and an elderly neighboring couple? Read full book review >
VOICE OF THE VIOLIN by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 10, 2003

"Camilleri has ample opportunity to showcase Montalbano's droll misanthropy in his shaggiest adventure to date."
A dearth of evidence and an abundance of fools confound Sicilian sleuth Salvo Montalbano. Read full book review >
THE SNACK THIEF by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 28, 2003

"Montalbano, blessedly, is as bitingly humorous as ever."
Bristly Sicilian police inspector Salvo Montalbano is roused from a sweet dream of his mistress Livia by a blaring telephone and the nervous voice of detective Catarella announcing a murder. Read full book review >
THE TERRA-COTTA DOG by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 2, 2002

"All he wants is a quiet corner and an uninterrupted afternoon; what reader feels otherwise?"
In the second installment of the popular Italian series (The Shape of Water, p. 454), rumpled Sicilian police inspector Salvo Montalbano receives an unusual offer from crime kingpin Gaetano "The Greek" Bennici (known as Tano), facilitated by Montalbano's childhood friend Gege Gulotta, now a petty criminal and quite the weasel. Read full book review >
THE SHAPE OF WATER by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 20, 2002

"Subtle, sardonic, and molto 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."
An elegant translation of the first in a popular Italian series, in which world-weary, empathetic Sicilian Inspector Salvo Montalbano is handed a hot potato when the body of Silvio Luparello, a local politico, is found in the Pasture, the little town of Vigata's red-light district. Read full book review >
PRINCE OF THE CLOUDS by Gianni Riotta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2000

"While marching to the beat of a different drummer, Riotta's love story charms and warms the heart, even if the Colonel is stuffed too full of battle lore at times."
An intriguing romance—and Italian journalist Riotta's first to appear in English translation. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"AIDS research, always with a strong humanitarian underpinning."
The autobiography of a virology pioneer, the natural history of HIV/AIDS, and the story of the effort to combat the disease, all intertwined in an entertaining and enlightening package. Read full book review >