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Ratking - Michael Dibdin
Ratking
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In this 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... show more
In this 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, a chilling masterpiece of police procedure and psychological suspense.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780679768548 (0679768548)
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 266
Edition language: English
Series: Aurelio Zen (#1)
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Brick
Brick rated it
A good start to the series. After seeing the BBC Zen on Masterpiece Mysteries, this, as is usual with something done in both media, is richer, fuller, more complicated, as is the protagonist, A. Zen. Wonderful sense of place, nuanced character, and delicious prose.
Sliding Fingers
Sliding Fingers rated it
The book started out being interesting. Rich head of family kidnapped before the start of the book. Old family friend calls up his high level contacts with the government to get them to send a high ranking Roman police officer to take over the case. It has been many months since the old man was kid...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0
I am now Dibdin-ed out.
A little tea, a little chat
A little tea, a little chat rated it
4.0
I have no idea why anybody would compare Dibdin with Chandler: he is wordy where Chandler is minimalist, verging on sentimental where Chandler is cynical. Could two characters be more different than Zen and Marlowe? Zen who lives with his mother and isn't going to give that up for all the sex in Chi...
What I'm reading
What I'm reading rated it
3.0 Ratking (An Aurelio Zen Mystery)
This was a very "Italian" thriller. Set in Perugia, the story is centered on the kidnapping of a wealthy industrialist and his not so quite loving family. We are introduced to Aurelio Zen, a disgraced police investigator who was years back somewhat of a star at the kidnapping unit in Rome (Kidnappin...
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