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The Shape of Water 

The Shape of Water (2002)
(The first book in the Inspector Montalbano series)
A novel by Andrea Camilleri

 
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)

Genre: Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

June 2004 : Hardback
Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0754098729 / 9780754098720 (UK edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
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April 2003 : Hardback
Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0330492896 / 9780330492898 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 2002 : Hardback
Title: The Shape of Water (Salvo Montalbano Mysteries)
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0670030929 / 9780670030927 (USA, AU, or UK edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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Paperback Editions

November 2012 : Paperback
Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 1447235096 / 9781447235095
Publisher: Macmillan
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February 2004 : Paperback
Title: The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0330492861 / 9780330492867 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 2005 : Paperback
Title: The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0142004715 / 9780142004715 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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June 2004 : Paperback
Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0754098737 / 9780754098737 (UK edition)
Publisher: Camden
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March 2004 : Paperback
Title: The Shape of Water: The First Inspector Montalbano Mystery (Wheeler Large Print Book Series)
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 1587246325 / 9781587246326 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
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April 2003 : Paperback
Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0330492888 / 9780330492881 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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November 2002 : Mass Market Paperback
Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0142002399 / 9780142002391 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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9999 : Paperback
Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 033049287X / 9780330492874 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

July 2012 : Audio CD
Title: The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 1470824752 / 9781470824754
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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August 2009 : Audio CD
Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0230714234 / 9780230714236 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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August 2006 : Audio Cassette
Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0786146702 / 9780786146703 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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August 2006 : Audio CD
Title: The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 078616736X / 9780786167364 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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August 2006 : Audio CD
Title: The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano Mystery series, Book 1) (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 0786174013 / 9780786174010 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2006 : Audio Cassette
Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 1846480337 / 9781846480331 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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March 2006 : Audio CD
Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: 1846480450 / 9781846480454 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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Kindle Editions

December 2010 : Kindle edition
Title: The Shape of Water: The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries - Book 1
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: B004GKMHOM
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   

May 2005 : Kindle edition
Title: The Shape of Water
Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
ISBN: B001JTPXVW
Publisher: Penguin Books
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