Camilleri, author of Montalbano detective series, dies at 93

Sicilian writer Andrea Camilleri who won millions of loyal fans worldwide for his series of books about Sicilian detective Montalbano, has died at age 93.

ByThe Associated Press
July 17, 2019, 4:31 AM
Andrea Camilleri
FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2009 file photo, Italian author Andrea Camilleri makes his point during a demonstration against the Vatican's influence on the ongoing right-to-die debate, in Rome. Italian writer Andrea Camilleri, known for his popular novels and TV series centered on the much-loved inspector Salvo Montalbano, died in Rome Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at age 93. Camilleri was Italy’s most successful writer, but until he was nearly 70 he had been a virtually unknown author of a handful of historical novels set in his native Sicily. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, file)
The Associated Press

ROME -- Sicilian writer Andrea Camilleri , who won loyal fans worldwide for his series of books about Sicilian detective Montalbano, has died. He was 93.

RAI state TV, which produced wildly popular TV versions of his books, interrupted programming to announce his death Wednesday and comment on his works.

Rome hospital system also announced his death, a few weeks after the long-ailing author was hospitalized with heart problems.

Long a successful director for stage and TV, including for RAI, Camilleri was nearly 70 when he also scored literary success.

Camilleri, whose 100th book was published when he was 91, set most of his works on his native Sicily.

He was frequently Italy's best-selling author, especially for his books, laced with Sicilian dialect, about a likable small-town police chief who mixed morality with pragmatism in sleuthing.

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