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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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard/RandomHouse, 1997.
Edition: First Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭1989
ISBN: 9780679768548
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 266 pages ; 21 cm


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May 22, 2017

What a great start to a series - Aurelio Zen is the detective, but Italy itself is a main character, the Italy of faded but vibrant culture, the Italy of the rules and the other rules, the Italy of corruption and patronage and politics and discrete telephone calls and favors to get things done...
Part of the TV series "Zen" as well.

Dated, but still enjoyable.

May 11, 2013

A good start to the series. I will read more of this series.


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