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Danza de la gaviota, La (original 2009; edition 2012)

by Andrea Camilleri

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Title:Danza de la gaviota, La
Authors:Andrea Camilleri
Info:Barcelona: Salamandra
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:**1/2
Tags:Literatura italiana, Policiaca, Italia, Sicilia

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The Dance of the Seagull by Andrea Camilleri (2009)

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Before leaving for vacation with Livia, Montalbano witnesses a seagull doing an odd dance on the beach outside his home – and then the bird suddenly drops dead. Stopping in at his office for a quick check before heading off, he notices that Fazio is nowhere to be found and soon learns that he was last seen on the docks, secretly working on a case. Montalbano sets out to find him and discovers that the seagull’s dance of death may provide the key to understanding a macabre world of sadism, extortion, and murder.

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The Dance of the Seagull finds the Italian Inspector in search of his missing right hand man, Fazio. It is interesting to observe the team at work with one of their own in danger. Lots of depravity here, too, what with mafia, international waters, murder, extortion, and more. Catarella continues to amuse with chief, chief! and poysonally in poyson. Oh, and Montalbano is distracted by, what else … ( )
  lit_chick | Sep 7, 2016 |
I liked this one for a number of reasons. The story is back on solid footing as a police procedural. It also has a more somber feel about it. The story stays more or less focused on the case at hand and Montalbano even tries to minimize the number of falsehoods he tells to his boss, the Commissioner. Camilleri continues to play around with little intrusions of reality that true Montalbano fans will appreciate, like the tiny playful gab he takes at the actor who play Montalbano in the TV series by having Montalbano comment that unlike the actor, Montalbano does have a full head of hair. Cute. ;-)

Overall, a better story and a more solid police procedural piece. Onwards to the next book in the series. ( )
  lkernagh | Oct 28, 2015 |
Too much telling, not enough showing. Detective make assumptions that leads him to find his associate - reader is asked to buy into all the assumptions without author providing the background. I finished the tape, but I was really glad it didn't go on much longer. ( )
  Pmaurer | Oct 30, 2014 |
Italian inspector Montalbano investigates an attempt to murder one of his police officers and at the hospital where his injured officer is staying, he discovers a nurse that knows a lot more than it appears. While doing this, he tries to keep the commissioner from getting involved.

The characters in this book were easily irritated and often rude to each other, including Montalbano. The story seemed rather disorganized. I think this was meant as humor. The book was readable but not appealing to me. ( )
  gaylebutz | Oct 19, 2014 |
The novels of Andrea Camilleri breathe out the sense of place, the sense of humor, and the sense of despair that fills the air of Sicily. A good read, enjoy!
I was given this book by GoodReads. ( )
  MaryAnn12 | Apr 4, 2013 |
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Before leaving for vacation, Inspector Montalbano witnesses a seagull doing an odd dance on the beach outside his home, when the bird suddenly drops dead. Stopping in at his office for a quick check before heading off, he notices that his right-hand man, Fazio, is nowhere to be found. Montalbano sets out to find him and discovers that the seagull's dance of death may provide the key to understanding a macabre world of sadism, extortion, and murder.… (more)

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