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Dead Dog in the Still of the Night

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In the garage at the back of the family home sits Primo's father's pride and joy; a red Fiat 500 Classic. Bambino. It waits amongst the dust motes for Primo's father to recover, to come out of his paranoia and delusions. It waits and teases, like nothing else can - least of all the demands of everyday life, for things to return to normal.

And that isn't going to happen any
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Paperback, 211 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Pan Macmillan
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Tara
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
This was an easy read but it wasn't the type of book that had me flipping through the pages, hanging onto every word and holding my breath to find out what was going to happen next.
Primo is a teenage boy, who makes some bad decisions but I did feel empathy for him and what he was working through with his family. As the story went on, the more you got to understand his family and why he does some of the things he does. He has an awesome best mate and tolerant girlfriend and the ending is very sat
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Paul Collins
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes the idea and the execution don’t match up. Sometimes there is more to solving the problem than the solution you first thought of.

That’s how it is with Primo, the lead protagonist from Dead Dog in the Still of the Night. His father is in a nursing home, his mother is at her wits end, and one of his older brothers, Adrian, has been forced back into the family home after being away for several years.

Primo, which means first in Italian, is neither the first born, nor the first son, in the
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Sionainn Wallace
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dead Dog in the Still of the Night

SPOILER: The dog dies! (Go figure!)

Of course, we never actually get to meet the aforementioned dog, so it’s all okay. There is no need to worry about forming any attachments and then being greatly saddened by any dogs’ departures. This is not one of those books.

Instead it is a coming of age tale, filled with hearses, pizza deliveries, dead dogs, and a whole bunch of other things that you could find out more about by either a)reading the blurb; or b)reading the a
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Mpapaz
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Archie's characters capture the voice of multicultural Australia. You can really hear and see the sights and sounds of home. Primo is in year 12 and really trying to be a good son protecting his mother as well as making sure his brother's wife doesn't dump him. But what lengths is he prepared to go to be a loyal son and brother and what consequences do his actions have? Damaging his father's prized classic car during a fight with his girlfriend leads Primo into making some wrong choices and forc ...more
Lynda
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Battling with Year 12, Prims feels ensnared in the web of family life, with two dysfunctional older brothers, an ailing and unhinged Italian father, long-suffering Irish mother, and supportive sister. His Dad’s red Bambino Fiat 500 has been cherished and garaged for decades. On a whim, Prims lets loose in the Fiat, and the consequences roll on from there. In the end, Prims realizes that no matter what mistakes you’ve made, nor the confused allegiances you have, it is always possible to think thr ...more
Nova
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was a quick holiday read picked up at the National Library. I can't say I enjoyed it; a very dysfunctional family with all sorts of issues. Primo gets himself in trouble at school, with his girlfriend and with his family mostly because he can't mind his own business, makes wrong assumptions and acts without thinking.
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A great read for young men to remind them what they should and shouldn't do
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