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Apr 29, 1997
| ISBN 9780679768548
May 23, 2012
| ISBN 9780307822512
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Apr 29, 1997 | ISBN 9780679768548
May 23, 2012 | ISBN 9780307822512
Winner of the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award, this chilling police procedural is a masterpiece of psychological suspense. Italian Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen is dispatched to investigate the kidnapping of Ruggiero Miletti, a powerful Perugian industrialist. But nobody much wants Zen to succeed: not the local authorities, who view him as an interloper, and certainly not Miletti’s children, who seem content to let the head of the family languish in the hands of his abductors–if he’s still alive. Was Miletti truly the victim of professionals? Or might his kidnapper be someone closer to home: his preening son Daniele, with his million-lire wardrobe and his profitable drug business? His daughter, Cinzia, whose vapid beauty conceals a devastating secret? The perverse Silvio, or the eldest son Pietro, the unscrupulous fixer who manipulates the plots of others for his own ends? As Zen tries to unravel this rat’s nest of family intrigue and official complicity, Michael Dibdin gives us one of his most accomplished thrillers.
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
Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Fiction
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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