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May 08, 2001
| ISBN 9780375708305
Oct 07, 2009
| ISBN 9780307554741
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May 08, 2001 | ISBN 9780375708305
Oct 07, 2009 | ISBN 9780307554741
Aurelio Zen—cynical and tough, yet worn down from years of law enforcement—has just been given the worst assignment he could imagine. He has been sent to the heart of hostile territory: Sicily, the ancient, beautiful island where blood has been known to flow like wine, and the distinction between the police and the criminals is a fine one. Even worse, he has been sent to spy on the elite anti-Mafia squad.The only thing that makes the job palatable—and takes his mind off routine details like the rotting body found in a remote train car—is that Zen’s adopted daughter, Carla, is also in town. But life becomes precarious for Carla when she stumbles upon some information she’d be better off not knowing and befriends a local magistrate on the Mafia’s most wanted list. What ensues is a breakneck plot of amazing complexity that culminates in a stunning finale. Blood Rain, emotionally gripping and defiantly original, is surely one of Dibdin’s finest works.
Michael Dibdin was born in England and raised in Northern Ireland. He attended Sussex University and the University of Alberta in Canada. He spent five years in Perugia, Italy, where he taught English at the local university. He went on… More about Michael Dibdin
?As bracing as grappa…. Michael Dibdin is a fine novelist and an excellent mystery writer.??USA Today
Have Detective, Will Travel: AURELIO ZENDibdin’s famous Italian sleuth, Aurelio Zen, first appeared over a decade ago in the novel Ratking. Since then, the tough, philosophical, and world-weary Criminalpol officer has covered the peninsula, from his native Venice in Dead Lagoon to the Vatican in Rome in Cabal to Sicily in Blood Rain, uncovering the darkest mysteries, most criminal plots, and most gruesome murders. But according to Michael Dibdin, it was never meant to be that way. “I think part of the reason the series works for me is that it wasn’t really meant to be a series,” says Dibdin. “The first one, Ratking, was about a place where I lived in Italy. I wanted to write a book about my experiences there because writers like to use their experience: you don’t want anything to go to waste. So I invented the Zen character for that book, but I wasn’t particularly interested in him, so there wasn’t really a lot about him in that book. He’s really just a facilitator who comes in and makes it possible for other things to happen.” After winning a Gold Dagger Award from the British Crime Writers Association for Ratking, Dibdin decided it might be an interesting adventure to move Zen to a completely different part of Italy. He hasn’t stopped moving since. “I keep him moving because I don’t want to have books which are all set in the same place. That seems to be one of the pleasures of writing about Italy. Regionally it’s different—so diverse—you can actually get a completely different take depending where he ends up next.”
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