But read at your own peril! While there is no shortage of suspects, the details of the crime leave Oldroyd and Carter stumped. The story itself was fairly compelling - not every murder mystery features a cross-dressing gangster. In the process Inspector Montalbano and his team are taken into a very dangerous investigation that threatens them all. I suspect as the books have progressed that this is the case. Plenty old for any active law enforcement officer in the field.
Inspector Salvo Montalbano wakes up to discover a seagull doing a dance of death on the beachfront behind his home. 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. The characterisation is well observed and some of the dialogue exchanges are wonderful. A source of deep enjoyment that glitters with a morbid wit rare in such series. Maybe it always has been.
Unlike many crime novelists, Camilleri doesn't cripple his character by having him express himself in this way, leaving plenty of room for the humor that is so prevalent in this series. There is the food, the mystery, and the strange habit of lying to everyone including his own colleagues. Our aging Inspector is growing weary of the horrors he encounters and still needs to manoeuver around and through the endemic political corruption to achieve a just result. The whole story revolves around Montalbano, we see the crime always from his perspective and his character is so well drawn we never tire of his adventures and detective reasoning. Camilleri seemed to want to change a style which has already succeeded in taking us to the fifteenth instalment.
Now at age 57, Montalbano's self-doubt resurfaces, to be followed by a chaser of melancholy. That's what I felt while reading this book, that Montalbano had come across several criminals with a black heart. The victim is soon linked to a tragedy that tore the village apart five years ago and is handed over to the Bexford police to solve. The police investigation leads to a couple of corpses at the bottom of lonely wells. When Bess arrives at the Graham house in Kent, Jonathan Graham listens to his brother's last wishes with surprising indifference.
I felt this was one of the best in the series with the fug of politics swirling around an even more grouchy Montablano than usual, as he tries to solve the disapearance of one of his policeman, and several corpses. Aglow with local color, packed with flint-dry wit, as fresh and clean as Mediterranean seafood — altogether transporting. A source of deep enjoyment that glitters with a mo For fans of the series like myself this is a top read. Most of all, though, what lingers in the mind are the occasional moments of sheer horror — beginning with the unexplained death of the seagull — as well as the wonderful details of Sicilian cuisine. A retired officer has been murdered, and Rutledge goes to investigate.
Among other things, why would the working-class characters in an Italian novel talk like an over-the-top Chico Marx? At three different points in the book where Camilleri was describing a crime scene or the violence that had taken place, I flipped through those sections not really wanting or needing to read those details. Luckily, at least in the short run, it's nothing that can't be handled by a plate of Adelina's marvelous caponat And we're back in Sicily again with The Dance of the Seagull, 15 in Andrea Camilleri's excellent series of novels featuring Inspector Salvo Montalbano. Accents and bringing characters to life. The image of the dancing, dying seagull at the beginning is memorable, a rather horrible portent of what has happened to the murder victim. Nearing retirement, he agrees to undertake one last case, which he believes can be solved as a matter of routine. Camilleri's Montalbano is not a super hero; he is a very flawed human being. That is not always the situation with dramatic presentations of the fiction I read.
Montalbano sta diventando vecchio, e come accade ai vecchi diventa impressionabile. The question becomes a guide, an enticement. The humor of the book translates well to the screen. He is very Italian and the openness and honesty of his character are highlights of the book that is packed with fun and comedy moments while always leaving open the door to threat and danger, Inspector Montalbano is getting older. He goes to work and finds that his reliable sidekick Fazio has gone missing. A good story well read.
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. No - over a few days Any additional comments? In the movie you know that they can't get rid of Fazio, so you just know he'll survive, but it is still tense and such a great release when they do rescue him. About to depart for a holiday with his girlfriend Livia, Montalbano makes a quick trip to the police station to tie up loose ends. Reports come in that Fazio was last seen on the waterfront. Its also fun to contrast with the epitome of aging world weary policemen Wallander.
Despite that backlog, whenever you finish a Montalbano novel, you know you have a year to wait. And what's with this gorgeous nurse, Angela, who's suddenly taken such an interest in Montalbano? Montalbano is attractive, too — alpha-male self-confidence softened with pockets of warmth, vulnerability and mystery; the reader is never allowed to learn the whole of his thought processes. Like the antipasti that Montalbano contentedly consumes, the stories are light and easily consumed, leaving one eager for the next course. Aglow with local color, packed with flint-dry wit, as fresh and clean as Mediterranean seafood — altogether transporting. I have also read that Camilleri is also retiring Montalbano. It seemed rough in places especially near the beginning , and never exhibited the brilliance of his earlier translations. He received an honorary degree from University of Pisa in 2005.
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. Didn't read much past the first 2 chapters. Perhaps Montalbano is slowing down. I enjoyed the story and the narrative but not the narration!! Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. Fazio is checking the docks out in his own time and when he goes missing, it is a race against time to find him. Even if you could care less about the ongoing changes in Montalbano over the years, these are books you want to be in on at their start.