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When an advance scout for an American film company disappears, Aurelio Zen's most recent assignment in remote Calabria becomes anything but routine. Despite a savage attack that has scared the locals silent, Zen is determined to expose the truth. To make matters more complicated, a group of dangerous strangers, led by a rich, single-minded American have arrived to uncover another local mystery—buried treasure—and they will stop at nothing to achieve their goal. What ensues is a fiendishly suspenseful case that only Aurelio Zen could stumble into and only Michael Dibdin could have created: a wild thriller that takes us deep into a remote region of Italy and the darkest corners of human nature.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Series:||Aurelio Zen Series , #11|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
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 to live in Oxford, England and Seattle, Washington. He was the author of eighteen novels, eleven of them in the popular Aurelio Zen series, including Ratking, which won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger, and Cabal, which was awarded the French Grand Prix du Roman Policier. His work has been translated into eighteen languages. He died in 2007.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When the new chief of police of Calabria in southern Italy shoots himself in the foot, Aurelio Zen, a Venetian in his heart and soul is temporarily transferred there. He is given indirect instructions to be a policeman and not make any real decisions. It is so quiet he is bored until an America lawyer working for a movie company is kidnapped. Instead of the usual cash ransom to win the victim¿s freedom, the kidnapper kills Mr. Newman. While Zen is investigating the homicide, a rich American is using the movie company and the director who is supposed to film Apocalypse, based on Revelations, as a cover to find the tomb of the Goth Alaric. The kidnapper knows that the American wants a priceless artifact that was stolen from the temple he finds a way to get a piece of the action. Zen learns about both stings and instead of ignoring it like he is supposed to do, he organizes a big operation to take out most of the criminal element in the area. --- This is the eleventh but sadly last Aurelio Zen mystery, fittingly titled, as Michael Dibdin recently died. This final book, published posthumously, is a perfect example of what the entire series is like. The protagonist is intelligent and likes to be in on the action but he is politically incorrect, which means he will not be up for promotion anytime soon. Instead the hero is like an old west good guy gunslinger fighting a range war, which would explain his appeal to Americans. --- Harriet Klausner
Please read the series in order, beginning with #1 Ratking. The Aurelio Zen character builds on himself and gets better in each subsequent book - excellent, excellent, excellent. What a loss when Michael Dibdin died. (p.s. do NOT watch the BBC tv movies! Awful!!)
I have enjoyed the Aurelio Zen series - mainly because of the wonderfully perceptive narrative about Italian culture and Italian politics. Aurelio is a terrific character as well. The writing in any of the series books that I have read has never been good, but this last in the series is particularly bad. It appears that there was no editing done at all. Some of the word usage is so strange that it seems as though it was translated into English - and by an amateur at that. Still, I enjoyed the story and felt nostalgic because it is the last in the series.