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The Dance Of The Seagull by Andrea Camilleri

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Surprisingly this is Inspector Montalbano’s fifteenth mystery! So lots to catch up on. He’s on BBC4 TV as well. There is a gentle humour that runs through these Sicilian detective stories and a great love of food. Montalbano is not getting any younger and is becoming a little obsessed with his physical changes as he ages. His treatment of women is pretty unacceptable in my mind. He is about to go on holiday with his girlfriend when his colleague goes missing. What follows is typical Montalbano, acting on his own. He thwarts the mafia again, infuriating his boss in the process. This is not one of his best but if you’re following the series you need it.

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The Dance Of The Seagull by Andrea Camilleri

As seen on TV: now a major BBC4 television series. Inspector Montalbano is awake at dawn, sitting on his porch, when his attention is caught by a seagull which falls from the sky, performing a strange dance, before lying down to die. Montalbano is perplexed by what he has witnessed and the scene hangs over him like an omen. About to depart for a holiday with his girlfriend Livia, Montalbano makes a quick trip to the police station to tie up loose ends. But when his dear colleague Fazio is discovered missing -- and it transpires that the policeman has been involved in his own secret investigations -- Montalbano instead launches a desperate search for his lost friend, as time begins to run out ...Navigating a shadowy maze of smuggling, blackmail and the darkest murder, and moving from the docks of Vigata to its deep, dry wells where the mafia hide their terrible crimes, Inspector Montalbano must have his wits about him to unravel this tangled mystery.

About the Author

Andrea Camilleri

Andrea Camilleri is one of Italy’s most famous contemporary writers. His Montalbano series has been adapted for Italian television and translated into nine languages. He lives in Rome.

His Inspector Salvo Montalbano has garnered millions of fans worldwide with his sardonic, engaging take on Sicilian small-town life and his genius for deciphering the most enigmatic of crimes. Both farcical and endearing, Montalbano is a cross between Columbo and Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, with the added culinary idiosyncrasies of an Italian Maigret’ and if you like authors such as Alexander McCall Smith, Donna Leon and Michael Dibdin you really should try some of his novels.

Photograph by Elvira Giogianni.

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30th November 1999


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