Michael Dibdin (* 21. März 1947 in Wolverhampton; † 30. März 2007 in Seattle, USA) war ein englischsprachiger Krimi-Autor und Schriftsteller. Bekannt wurde Dibdin für seine Kriminalromane über Aurelio Zen, einen in Venedig geborenen und in Rom wohnenden Polizeikommissar. Alle elf Krimis mit dem Serienhelden spielen in verschiedenen italienischen Städten (Perugia, Rom, Venedig, Neapel, Bologna) oder italienischen Regionen (Sardinien, Sizilien, Piemont, Toskana, Südtirol, Kalabrien).
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Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen has crossed swords with the establishment before – and lost. But from the depths of a mundane desk job in Rome he is unexpectedly transferred to Perugia to take over an explosive kidnapping case involving one of Italy’s most powerful families.
Band 1. “This is a great book. Dibdin is a phenomenal writer, with an amazing knowledge of present time history and facts about Italy, its places,” (Leser) (96 Rezensionen / 3,9 Sterne), 467 Seiten noch günstig?
Inspector Zen has a problem: an impossible murder, recorded on the closed-circuit video of Oscar Burolo’s top-security Sardinian fortress. As he gets to work, he is once again plunged into a menacing and violent world where his own life is soon at risk.
Band 2. “Vendetta has tension, wit, a strong sense of place and a hero you can’t help but root for.” (The Wall Street Journal) (44 Rezensionen / 4,1 Sterne), 419 Seiten noch günstig?
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When, one dark night in November, Prince Ludovico Ruspanti fell a hundred and fifty feet to his death in the chapel at St Peter’s, Rome, there were a number of questions to be answered. Did he fall or was he pushed? Inspector Aurelio Zen finds that getting the answers isn’t easy, as witness after witness is mysteriously silenced – by violent death. To crack the secrets of the Vatican, Zen must penetrate the most secret place of all: the Cabal.
Band 3. “The kind of wry, sly morality tale only a writer at the top of his game could bring off successfully.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) (59 Rezensionen / 3,8 Sterne), 419 Seiten noch günstig?
Aurelio Zen returns to his native Venice to investigate the disappearance of a rich American resident but he soon learns that, amid the hazy light and shifting waters of the lagoon, nothing is what it seems. As he is drawn deeper into the ambiguous mysteries surrounding the discovery of a skeletal corpse on an ossuary island in the north lagoon, he is also forced to confront a series of disturbing revelations about his own life.
Band 4. “Dibdin’s plot is as elegantly elaborate as the crisscrossing canals of Venice.” (Newsday) (67 Rezensionen / 4,0 Sterne), 317 Seiten noch günstig?
Inspector Zen has been posted to Naples in disgrace, where he is asked to oversee the clean-up of the city’s corrupt authorities. Like the rest of Italy, Naples is concerned about its image and is trying to reform itself. Zen, however, finds that someone else is already at work. Corrupt politicians, shady businessmen and eminent members of the Italian Mafia are disappearing off the streets at an alarming rate and Zen must find out who is behind the murders.
Band 5. “But after reaching a détente with his fellow officers over the after-hours brothel they are operating in the station house, Zen warms to the anarchic charms of the city… Like the city that inspired it, this droll crime novel takes its frivolity very seriously.” (The New York Times Book Review, Marilyn Stasio) (51 Rezensionen / 3,9 Sterne), 257 Seiten noch günstig?
After his adventures under sun-drenched Neapolitan skies in Cosi Fan Tutti, Aurelio Zen finds himself back in Rome, sneezing in a damp wine cellar and being given another unorthodox assignment: to release the jailed scion of an important wine-growing family who is accused of a brutal murder. Zen travels north to an Italy as outwardly serene as Naples was manic.
Band 6. “The detail about grapes, their cultivation and wine making are interesting even to a teetotaller and, as the author mentions, their accuracy has been ensured by Jancis Robinson, the eminent wine writer.” (Leser) (74 Rezensionen / 4,1 Sterne), 273 Seiten noch günstig?
Zen finally receives the order he has been dreading all his professional life: his next posting to Sicily. The gruesome discovery of an unidentified, decomposed corpse sealed in a railway wagon marks the beginning of Zen’s most difficult and dangerous murder case. Set against the backdrop of Catania, in the shadow of the smouldering volcano of Etna, Blood Rain is a riveting tale of violence and murder, which reveals Aurelio Zen at his most desperate and driven.
Band 7. “This book brings together all the elements that make the Zen series so entertaining. The levels of intrigue, both among Mafia clans and in the heart of the police and judiciary, reach new levels of convoluted complication.” (Leser) (69 Rezensionen / 3,9 Sterne), 340 Seiten noch günstig?
Inspector Zen is back, but nobody’s supposed to know it. After months in hospital recovering from a bomb attack on his car, he is lying low under a false name at a beach resort on the Tuscan coast, waiting to testify in an imminent anti-Mafia trial. But when an alarming number of people are dropping dead around him, it seems just a matter of time before the Mafia manages to finish the job it bungled months before on a lonely Sicilian road.
Band 8. “What more could you want…..the beach, the sun, a beautiful girl, great food and international travel to boot. I strongly recommend it if you are a fan of Zen and his sometimes misadventures!” (Leserin) (45 Rezensionen / 4,0 Sterne), 194 Seiten noch günstig?
When a group of Austrian cavers in the Italian Alps come across human remains at the bottom of a deep shaft, everyone assumes the death was accidental – until the still unidentified body is stolen from the morgue and the Defence Ministry puts a news blackout on the case. The whole affair has the whiff of political intrigue.
Band 9. “Zen is back at the height of his powers.” (Scotsman) (43 Rezensionen / 4,3 Sterne), 288 Seiten noch günstig?
When the corpse of the shady industrialist who owns the local football team is found both shot and stabbed, Italian police inspector Aurelio Zen is called to Bologna to oversee the investigation. Recovering slowly from surgery, and fleeing an equally painful crisis in his personal life, Zen is only too happy to take on what at first appears to be a routine and relatively undemanding assignment.
Band 10. “Clever…. It has wit, subtlety, a sense of mischief and exquisite cameos of Italy and Italians.” (The Times) (48 Rezensionen / 3,8 Sterne), 242 Seiten noch günstig?
Aurelio Zen’s final case brings him to remote town of Calabria, at the toe of Italy’s boot, on what is supposed to be a routine assignment: the death of a scout for an American film company. But the case is complicated by a group of dangerous strangers who have arrived to uncover another local mystery – buried treasure – and who will stop at nothing to achieve their goal.
Band 11. “The story is a fitting conclusion to a career that ended too soon.” (The Seattle Times) (39 Rezensionen / 4,0 Sterne), 354 Seiten noch günstig?