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The Treasure Hunt is the 16th gripping novel in Andrea Camilleri's best-selling Inspector Montalbano series.

Montalbano opened the door to step out. But Gallo held him back, putting one hand on his arm.

'What's in there, Chief?'

'If it's what I think, it's something so horrific that it'll haunt your dreams for the rest of your life....'

When a crazed elderly man and his sister begin firing bullets from their balcony down onto the Vigàta street below, Inspector Montalbano finds himself a reluctant television hero.

A few days later, when a letter arrives containing a mysterious riddle, the Inspector becomes drawn into a perplexing treasure hunt set by an anonymous challenger. As the hunt intensifies, Montalbano is relieved to be offered the assistance of Arturo Pennisi, a young man eager to witness the detective's investigative skills firsthand.

Fending off meddling commissioners and his irate girlfriend, Livia, the inspector will follow the treasure hunt's clues and travel from Vigàta's teeming streets to its deserted outskirts, where an abandoned house overlooks a seemingly bottomless lake. But when a horrifying crime is committed, the game must surely be laid aside. And it isn't long before Montalbano himself will be in terrible danger....

The Treasure Hunt is followed by the 17th Inspector Montalbano title, Angelica's Smile.

©2017 Andrea Camilleri (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • Nicky Ramone
  • 25-07-2021

Entertaining, but more gruesome than usual

Maybe it’s just me, but I thought this book more more lighthearted than usual with the Treasure Hunt diversion and not much else going on but then it suddenly got more gruesome than usual in the last hour. Poor old long-suffering Livia…. Hope she will be happy in the end.

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  • Jonathan Coore
  • 02-03-2021

Scillian Noir

A darker storyline. Montalbano brings his genius and dark humour to the case. Loved it.

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  • MadgeUK
  • 03-04-2020

Too gory!

Not up to standard, too many long desriptions of mutilations. Charecterisations good as always with Mark Meadows' narration.

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  • L. Spencer
  • 12-01-2020

Dreadful mistake

I love the series but I regret having followed this to its gruesome, badly plotted conclusion. Really awful. Plot is shaky imitation of the worst Hollywood psycho-thrillers..

The villain is obvious early on, before it is clear that there has been a crime. The jeopardy into which Montalbano gets himself U.S. Just too far-fetched. skilled and an off day.

I wish I had been warned.


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