Montalbano’s First Case and Other Stories

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What to expect

Montalbano’s First Case and Other Stories is a brilliant collection of short stories, personally chosen by Andrea Camilleri.

It follows Inspector Montalbano from his very first case in Vigàta, in which he stumbles upon a young girl lurking outside a courthouse with a pistol in her handbag. When she is taken in for questioning and won’t utter a single word, Montalbano must find another way to learn who she is trying to kill, and why . . .

Other cases include a missing woman who has run away from the love of her life; an old married couple who appear to be rehearsing their suicides; and a crime so dark there’s only one person the inspector can call for help.

With twists and turns aplenty, these short stories have all the wit, mystery and culinary gusto that Camilleri’s fans have come to love him for.

Critics Review

  • Among the most exquisitely crafted pieces of crime writing available today

    Sunday Times
  • One of fiction’s greatest detectives and Camilleri is one of Europe’s greatest crime writes . . . utterly gripping

    Daily Mirror
  • Wonderful Italian detective stories

    Guardian
  • For sunny views, explosive characters and a snappy plot constructed with great farcical ingenuity, the writer you want is Andrea Camilleri

    New York Times

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