The Wings of the Sphinx

Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
Series: Inspector Montalbano Mysteries Series No: 11
Original Publish Date: Dec 29, 2009
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (5.45 hours)
Product Number: Z100093719
Released: Jun 16, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481553346
Narrator/s: Grover Gardner
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Things are not going well for Inspector Salvo Montalbano. His relationship with Livia is once again on the rocks, and, acutely aware of his age, he is beginning to grow weary of the endless violence he encounters. Then a young woman is found dead, her face half shot off, and there is no hint of her identity except a tattoo of a sphinx moth. The tattoo links her to three similarly marked girls, all victims of the underworld sex trade, who have been rescued from the Mafia nightclub circuit by a prominent Catholic charity. The problem is that Montalbano's inquiries elicit an outcry from the Church-and the three other girls are all missing.

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Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
Narrator(s): Grover Gardner
Product Number DD20624
Released: Dec 29, 2009
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781441716903
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
Product Number EB00398331
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781101159620

Professional reviews

"Grover Gardner is the perfect performer for Camilleri's series, giving a slyly funny reading of Inspector Montalbano and the Sicilian cops he works with. For instance, he gives the imbecile desk sergeant who can't spell, write clearly, or ever get a name right, an amusing Bronx accent. Great performance, but therein lies a problem. If Catarella is such a buffoon, why does he have a job? The writing (and/or translation) is clunky, and the plotting either predictable or unbelievable, not a good combination. The titular sphinx is a four-winged moth tattooed on a naked dead girl found in a dump on the first page or so. What follows doesn't quite succeed as farce or thriller, but Gardner keeps the experience fairly painless for the listener. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"

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