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A New York Times Bestseller
With Inspector Montalbano’s most recent outings hitting the New York Times bestseller list, Andrea Camilleri’s darkly refined Italian mysteries have become favorites of American crime novel fans. This latest installment finds Montalbano in search of his missing right-hand man.
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.
© 2009 by Sellerio Editore. Translation © 2013 by Stephen Sartarelli
“The wonderfully rendered camaraderie between Catarella and Montalbano is one of the book’s highlights. In addition to searching for the missing Fazio, Montalbano tries to identify a body found in a deserted well. Both investigations are pieces of a larger, satisfying mystery.”Publishers Weekly
“The charm of a Montalbano mystery derives in large part from the way the inspector’s helter-skelter approach to investigation mirrors the inherent messiness of life…By the time Montalbano climbs out of the muck this time, he’s a bit more battered than usual, but that’s nothing a very large bowl of caponata won’t fix.”Booklist
“Montalbano’s fifteenth case features more hilarious bark and some satisfying bite.”Kirkus Reviews