Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
REDNECK DREAMS WHITE TRASH REALITY
Monday, August 27, 2007
ANOTHER FINE SAGA
Friday, August 24, 2007
THE LONG WAIT FOR THE NEXT CAMILLERI
FROM THE MANSION TO THE TRAILER PARK
CHICKENS COMING HOME TO ROOST
Thursday, August 23, 2007
HISTORY AND CRIME FICTION
THE SUBLIME CALM OF AN ENGLISH CATHEDRAL CITY
Monday, August 20, 2007
MUSING ON A MONDAY
Sunday, August 19, 2007
THE LOST ART OF THE EDITOR
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
A GIGANTIC HOUND
Five bodies were found in two cars outside an Italian restaurant, while a sixth man died on the way to hospital.
A German police spokesman said the victims, aged between 16 and 39, had all been shot in the head.
All six were linked to a clan involved in a long-running and deadly feud in Italy's Calabria region, police said.
The dispute is known as the San Luca feud after the village where it began back in 1991.
Police sources said all six men were linked to the infamous Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta crime group. [from BBC.co.uk]
BARGAIN BASEMENT POLITICS
Sunday, August 12, 2007
MR CAMILLERI GOES TO CANBERRA
Commercial Availabilty in the DVD HomeVideo Market
Europe: Region 2/PAL(video format) DVDs (In Italian with NO English subtitles) can be ordered from the Italian website bol.it (Search on Montalbano)
Australia/New Zealand: Region 4/PAL(video format) DVDs (In Italian WITH English subtitles - See description below)can be ordered from the Australian website: fbo.com
United States and Canada: Region 1/NTSC (video format)DVDs are NOT available at this time!However, in the Washington DC area, Independent Public TV station MHz is showing episodes WITH English Subtitles as part of their International Mystery Series
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
CONSULTING DETECTIVE ITALIAN STYLE
A middle aged couple were puzzling over which of the Henning Mankells they had not read, and what order to read the books. The problem of course is that publishers do not arrange to translate books in the correct order.
I realised that I had read the 5th in Massimo Carlotto's Alligator series, The Master of Knots, but not the 4th The Colombian Mule. The first three have yet to be translated by Carlotto's translator Christopher Woodall.
The Colombian Mule was one of the books I picked up for a £1, in Hay-on-Wye, and forty three pages in I am engrossed.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the perfect consulting detective for the late Victorian and Edwardian period, but I think Massimo Carlotto has probably created in Marco Buratti a detective more suited for our complicated age.
Marco alias Alligator, Old Rossini and Max the Memory are definitely not Holmes and Watson but they operate in a very different environment, where it is difficult to distinguish the guilty from the innocent; and the innocent are probably guilty of something.
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