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The Shape of Water

(2002)
(The first book in the Inspector Montalbano series)
A novel by

 
 
The Barnes & Noble Review
Bestselling Italian author Andrea Camilleri has built a massive international following for his sardonic Sicilian mysteries featuring a listless, dejected, nonconformist protagonist who somehow always accomplishes his duty in spite of himself. The Shape of Water is his first Inspector Salvo Montalbano adventure to be translated into English.

When a local politician is found dead in his car, half naked, in a seedy neighborhood known for prostitution and drug trafficking, it's assumed that he died of natural causes in the middle of a sexual escapade. Hoping to avoid an embarrassing situation, Montalbano's superiors expect him to close the case quickly. But the inspector senses that not all is as it seems and determinedly launches a full investigation.

While pursuing the case, Montalbano encounters a number of bizarre and comical characters, from an elderly schoolteacher driven mad by his 80-year-old wife's "cheating" to a former classmate who's now an intellectual pimp. The inspector is drawn into the shadowy world of Sicilian politics as he discovers affiliations made between bureaucratic adversaries, meets with promiscuous beauties, and finds corruption that might even reach into the Church. He takes it all with the accepting attitude that one needs to survive in an often bleak and impoverished part of the world.

Not your typical fast-paced, shootout-filled genre mystery, The Shape of Water is an artfully written novel that provides its own brand of rewards. Replete with the sights and sounds of Sicily, this is an atmospheric and frequently droll tale that offers American readers a new and distinctive voice. (Tom Piccirilli)

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Hardback Editions

June 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0-7540-9872-9 / 978-0-7540-9872-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
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April 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0-330-49289-6 / 978-0-330-49289-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Shape of Water (Salvo Montalbano Mysteries)
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0-670-03092-9 / 978-0-670-03092-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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Paperback Editions

July 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano mysteries)
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 1-5098-5037-6 / 978-1-5098-5037-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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November 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 1-4472-3509-6 / 978-1-4472-3509-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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February 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0-330-49286-1 / 978-0-330-49286-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0-14-200471-5 / 978-0-14-200471-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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June 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0-7540-9873-7 / 978-0-7540-9873-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Camden
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March 2004 : USA Paperback

Title: The Shape of Water: The First Inspector Montalbano Mystery
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 1-58724-632-5 / 978-1-58724-632-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
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April 2003 : UK Paperback

Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0-330-49288-8 / 978-0-330-49288-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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November 2002 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0-14-200239-9 / 978-0-14-200239-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Audio Editions

August 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Shape of Water: Inspector Montalbano, Book 1
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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August 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Shape of Water: Inspector Montalbano, Book 1
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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July 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano Mystery series, Book 1) (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 1-4708-2475-2 / 978-1-4708-2475-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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August 2009 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano mysteries)
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0-230-71423-4 / 978-0-230-71423-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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March 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2007 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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August 2006 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0-7861-4670-2 / 978-0-7861-4670-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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August 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries, Book 1)(Library Edition)
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0-7861-6736-X / 978-0-7861-6736-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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August 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano Mystery series, Book 1) (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0-7861-7401-3 / 978-0-7861-7401-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2006 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 1-84648-033-7 / 978-1-84648-033-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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March 2006 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 1-84648-045-0 / 978-1-84648-045-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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Kindle Editions

December 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Shape of Water (The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries Book 1)
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
Publisher: Picador
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May 2005 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Shape of Water (The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries Book 1)
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
Publisher: Penguin Books
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