Vendetta

Vendetta

Paperback - 1998
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In Italian police inspector Aurelio Zen, Michael Dibdin has given the mystery one of its most complex and compelling protagonists: a man wearily trying to enforce the law in a society where the law is constantly being bent. In this, the first novel he appears in, Zen himself has been assigned to do some law bending. Officials in a high government ministry want him to finger someone--anyone--for the murder of an eccentric billionaire, whose corrupt dealings enriched some of the most exalted figures in Italian politics.But Oscar Burolo's murder would seem to be not just unsolvable but impossible. The magnate was killed on a heavily fortified Sardinian estate, where every room was monitored by video cameras. Those cameras captured Burolo's grisly death, but not the face of his killer. And that same killer, elusive, implacable, and deranged, may now be stalking Zen. Inexorable in its suspense, superbly atmospheric, Vendetta is further proof of Dibdin's mastery of the crime novel.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1998, c1991.
ISBN: 9780679768531
067976853X
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: 260 p. ; 21 cm.

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tjdickey
May 24, 2017

Italian noir at its cynical best. This is gripping police procedural writing, but in a world where the procedures are more geared towards internecine strife and shifting of personal position than necessarily solving crimes; it is a world of who you know and from whom you can request favors, whether it is the fraternity of the police, the Ministry, the Mafia, the Church, the government (p. 250).

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meyoubou
Apr 26, 2013

Loved it. Can't wait for the rest of the Zen series.

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Sanrin
Jul 17, 2011

I picked this up because of the upcoming PBS new mystery series on Aurelio Zen starring Rufus Seawell. I was sad that this mystery was no longer set in Venice, but very much enjoyed the history and detail of the settings in Rome and esp in Sardinia. Author Dibdin creates a complex sense of setting -- cultural, political, geographical. I appreciated his highlighting of intercultural and interpersonal tensions, such as of how local Sardinians see Italians. The mystery felt a little slow moving, and I fell asleep several times reading it (compared to other mysteries where you want to fall asleep because it's already past midnight, but you can't). The intermittent ramblings of the crazed murderer in italics could have been left out as they added nothing to the plot or insight to the killer's psychology. I think those are probably more fun to write than they are to read. Looking forward to the PBS series.

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EmilyEm
Jun 03, 2011

Aurelio Zen is still adjusting to his new situation in Rome, not quite ?one of the boys' and knowing he has a keen rival in one of his colleagues. He's sent to Sardinia to put together evidence that will implicate another person, thus freeing a politically savvy suspect, in a murder. Zen enters dangerous territory but, of course, solves the crime and may have found someone to love as the book comes to a close.

This is my introduction to the late English writer Michael Dibdin's work. I am reading--my own, not library copy--because the first three Aurelio Zen mysteries will be PBS Masterpiece Mysteries this summer [2011]. Actor Rufus Sewell plays Zen, in my mind, a perfect choice. It's a good mystery.

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