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Book Title: Dead Lagoon|
The author of the book: Michael Dibdin
Edition: Faber and Faber
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 977 KB
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Date of issue: February 17th 2011
ISBN 13: 9780571270859
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When he awoke again the room was filled with an astringent brilliance which made him blink, an abrasive slapping of wavelets and the edgy scent which had surprised him the moment he stepped out of the train. He had forgotten even the most obvious things about the place, like the pervasive risky odour of the sea.
Detective Aurelio Zen, possessed of pockets too empty to afford his expensive new mistress, has picked up a little sidework requiring a return to his native Venice. The family of a missing American millionaire is desperate for news and, though the case has been dropped by the local constabulary, Zen is content to make a show. A certain amount of finesse will be necessary, of course. He can't have doors closing against him, or authoritative feathers ruffled, and so he will pretend to be assisting an old family acquaintance; a dotty Venetian dowager convinced she's being tormented by skeletal apparitions.
Dibdin's bewitchment with locale holds fast through the change of scene. Venice is the star of the show; her canals and water taxis, palazzos and cafes, her shuffling old men and hard-charging young politicos - the undercurrent of graft and corruption is as omnipresent as the cobblestone. Aurelio's memories trip him up almost as often as the sewer lines he's continually stumbling across. Old friends make their appearances; history haunts his cold and empty family home. Cynical, idealistic, chilled by fear, hot with passion, doomed yet still the darling of a wickedly capricious Fate - Zen remains a mercurial presence on the page and continues, as a character, to deepen.
While I prefer him in Rome, the crimes were navigated well. And the human travail? Even better.
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Read information about the authorMichael Dibdin was born in 1947. He went to school in Northern Ireland, and later to Sussex University and the University of Alberta in Canada. He lived in Seattle. After completing his first novel, The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, in 1978, he spent four years in Italy teaching English at the University of Perugia. His second novel, A Rich Full Death, was published in 1986. It was followed by Ratking in 1988, which won the Gold Dagger Award for the Best Crime Novel of the year and introduced us to his Italian detective - Inspector Aurelio Zen.
Dibdin was married three times, most recently to the novelist K. K. Beck. His death in 2007 followed a short illness.
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