Room number 2, Double Investigation, Death on the Open Sea, The Stolen Ticket, The Transaction, As Practice Required, An Apricot, The Honest Thief: eight investigations by a young, intrepid, impulsive Montalbano. He carries a loaded pistol and is full of resourcefulness, often resorting to tricks to get his man. His relationship with Livia is passionate and intense. The Vigàta police station is inhabited by characters well known to Camilleri’s readers; what is different is Montalbano’s relationships with his associates. His links with Fazio are still hierarchical; Augello is an unashamed womanizer whose insatiable desire for conquests nearly costs Montalbano his life during one investigation; the inspector’s most reliable colleague, on the other hand, is clear-headed and quick-thinking; lastly, a slammed door marks Caterella’s entry onto the stage. The chief inspector in Montelusa is the paternal, tolerant Burlando; he likes the impulsive young inspector and is happy to cover for him on more than one occasion.
The stories are set in the Eighties and reflect the events of those years in Italy, from the Sindona affair to the shooting of John Paul II. Montalbano investigates crimes of many kinds, from property speculations to family disputes; the background noise, however, is that of the mafia.
He made his debut as a theater director, in Rome, in 1953.
He subsequently worked as a producer and scriptwriter and as a director for RAI radio and television. He also taught Actor Directing at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, and theatre directing at the Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica Silvio d’Amico for fifteen years.
He published his first novel in 1978 and has never stopped writing since. He has published more more than 90 volumes: historical novels, political essays, and crime novels, including the celebrated Commissario Montalbano series. His books have sold almost 25 million copies in Italy and 15 million copies abroad, and have been translated into into 33 languages.
The Commissario Montalbano tv series has been broadcasted in more than 60 countries.
He writes for many Italian and foreign newspapers and has won numerous literary awards in Italy and elsewhere in Europe.