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The Dance of the Seagull (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Andrea Camilleri , Grover Gardner , Stephen Sartarelli
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26 Feb 2013 Inspector Montalbano Mysteries
The inimitable Inspector Montalbano returns for his fifteenth mystery. 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.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (26 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470836629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470836627
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,071,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. Stephen Sartarelli is an award-winning translator. He is also the author of three books of poetry, most recently The Open Vault. He lives in France.

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Praise for "The Dance of the Seagull" "Montalbano's 15th case features more hilarious bark and some satisfying bite."--"Kirkus Reviews" Praise for Andrea Camilleri and the Montalbano Series "There's a deliciously playful quality to the mysteries Andrea Camilleri writes about a lusty Sicilian police detective named Salvo Montalbano." -"The New York Times Book Review" "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."--Donna Leon "Hailing from the land of Umberto Eco and La Cosa Nostra, Montalbano can discuss a pointy-headed book like "Western Attitudes Towards Death "as unflinchingly as he can pore over crime-scene snuff photos. He throws together an extemporaneous lunch...as gracefully as he dodges advances from attractive women."--"Los Angeles"" Times" "In Sicily, where people do things as they please, Inspector Montalbano is a bona fide folk hero." -"The New York Times Book Review" "Camilleri as crafty and charming a writer as his protagonist is an investigator." -"The Washington Post" "Montalbano is a delightful creation, an honest man on Sicily's mean streets." -"USA"" Today" "Camilleri can do a character's whole backstory in half a paragraph." -"The New Yorker" "The books are full of sharp, precise characterizations and with subplots that make Montalbano endearingly human... Like the antipasti that Montalbano contentedly consumes, the stories are light and easily consumed, leaving one eager for the next course."--"New York"" Journal of Books" "This series is distinguished by Camilleri's remarkable feel for tragicomedy, expertly mixing light and dark in the course of producing novels that are both comforting and disturbing." -"Booklist" "Sublime and darkly humorous...Camilleri balances his hero's personal and professional challenges perfectly and leaves the --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Andrea Camilleri is one of Italy's most famous contemporary writers. His Montalbano series has been adapted for Italian television and translated into several languages. He lives in Rome. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A series that just gets better and better 20 Mar 2013
By A Common Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
The great Inspector Montelbano is now 57 years old and is worrying about his age. He wakes at five thirty every morning and stares at the ceiling, bemoaning an earlier time when he slept through in one stretch. He has a much younger girl-friend and is keen to show her that he still has many of the attributes of a much younger man, but in reality, it is a bit of a struggle to keep up the pretence.

Of course, we now have an Italian television series Inspector Montelbano which makes appearances on British television with appropriate subtitles. Andrea Camilleri plays games with is readers by bringing this into the The Dance of the Seagull: at one stage his girl-friend Livia proposes a short break in the Val del Noto, but Montelbano refuses to go saying, "I wouldn't want to run into a film crew shooting an episode of that television series just as we're walking around there . . . They film them around there, you know."

The book opens with Inspector Montelbano opening his doors one morning and observing a seagull in it's death-throws. It lands on the beach and does a peculiar dance, turning round and round with it's beak turned up to the sky and then suddenly collapsing. It is a very unusual thing to see a bird die and Montelbano drives off to work unable to get the image of death out of his head.

When he arrives at the police station Montelbano immediately gets involved with a disappearance - his long-term detective partner Giuseppe Fazio has failed to turn up for work, and didn't go home the previous evening. Montelabano drives to the docks, the scene of Fazio's last known visit following a report of smuggling, and hears reports of shootings in the dead of night.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Salvo in crisis - 3+ 2 Mar 2013
By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Inspector Salvo Montalbano has been going through some age-related adjustments over the past couple of books in this rich crime series. His life and the stories have been suffering a bit from the esteemed Inspector's preoccupations with physical changes (at age 57), diminishing tolerance of Sicilian/Italian politics and bureaucracy and an overall decrease in confidence in satisfaction with his job performance. Despite the thrashing around, Montalbano has pretty much been able to pull it together by the end of each book (always with some help from the kitchen).

"The Dance of the Seagull" follows this general direction and delivers a pretty satisfactory read by the last page. The story opens with some horribly uncomfortable moments of total miscommunication between Montalbano and his long-time main squeeze, Livia. He does something that literally set my teeth on edge for twenty or so pages and calls into question his continuing relationship with Livia or any other woman. His excuse for the blunder is tied to the disappearance of one of his closest lieutenants, who eventually resurfaces badly banged up and in the middle of a terrible murder scenario. A typical Montalbano procedural ensues, with the Inspector operating as a Lone Ranger in the investigation, frustrating his colleagues and boss. What keeps "The Dance..." from meeting the high standards earlier Montalbano stories is the overly convoluted motivations of the villains of the piece (Mafioso with a big secret, the Mafia itself and greedy others in league with Russians and Arab terrorists) and other exotica that are a little tough for the reader to wholly swallow.

Ultimately, Salvo catches the bad guys, covers his own weird tracks and settles down for a big plate of carponata.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The disappearance of Fazio 18 Feb 2014
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Montalbano is on ‘his’ beach when he sees a seagull fall from the sky and die... and only he can make a connection between this event, the disappearance of his colleague Fazio, and a tangled mafiosa crime.

This is one of the more convoluted plots in this series with a crime which stretches outside of Sicily. Nevertheless, Camilleri keeps his various strands clear and gives us a new view of Montalbano: firstly distraught about Fazio, and then shockingly brutal, even if he is only acting.

This is a wonderful series but this isn’t a book to choose if you haven’t read at least some of the earlier ones. The tone here is much darker than, for example, August Heat, and Montalbano is even off his food on occasion! There is some lightening of the atmosphere with Camilleri’s trademark comedy, though, with some farcical swipes at Italian politics. Another great read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When can we expect no. 16? 21 Mar 2013
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Fantastic! I loved it. The life of Sicilian Chief Inspector Salvo Montalbano is never easy probably because he tells so many 'fibs' to people to cover up what is really happening he sometimes can't remember just what he has said. His merry band of men at the Police station in Vigata come to life and I would really advise anyone to start with book 1. All the stories will stand alone but to read them as they are meant to be read, in sequence, is the best way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more please! 7 April 2014
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I loved all of the stories. A little hard to get the gist of the background to the story sometimes on television because so much is left unsaid, but the characters come to life as you read them. I just love Cattarella!
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