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Vendetta by Michael Dibdin
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Vendetta (1990)

by Michael Dibdin

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  leslie.98 | Apr 13, 2017 |
I hadn't realised there was a tv series, and the cover of this book was the tv tie in, and now having read this book, now I can't picture Aurelio Zen without seeing Rufus Sewell... He didn't look like that in my head before :( ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
A distinct falling off from the first in this series. Dibdin almost seems to be primarily concerned here with laying groundwork for further mysteries in the series, not with this book in itself. The first book in the series managed to update (to the 1980s) and relocate (to Italy) the Ross-Mcdonald-type mystery. The best parts of the novel more or less transcend mere genre: while the mystery is investigated & solves Dibdin has much occasion to share observations about people, power and about the setting. The second book is all-too-generic. Many of the plot devices seem to be merely imported from then current (circa 1990) thriller material, the mystery is solved in Zen's head and then explained in an overlong expository scene at the end (yikes!). We even get the obligatory interior dialogue from the mad killer. Slapdash, borrowing way too much from people who borrowed way too much from Straub. But that first book showed enough promise that I'll push on to #3 with the expectation that Dibdin will have his legs under him there. ( )
  ehines | Aug 11, 2014 |
This is the second Aurelio Zen mystery/crime novel, and is as good or better than the first (Ratking). Dibdin paints the bureaucracy and political games of Rome in such cynical terms that you wonder how anything gets done. And Zen wonders this, too. But the real wonder is how everything bad that happens to Zen—and a lot of bad happens—turns into good luck for him in the end. You are left chuckling and shaking your head at the farce of it all. While reading this novel, notice that the word “vendetta” shows up multiple times; there are in fact several vendettas occurring, some criminal, some professional, and some very personal. Which ones will Zen foil, or will he be the victim? Even if the mystery is not necessarily that, Dibdin writes so beautifully that it is hard to put the book aside. I love to read certain sentences three or four times just for the sheer delight in his choice of words. His sentences can be long and complex, but the imagery evoked by his word choice is wonderful. ( )
1 vote jennorthcoast | Jul 30, 2014 |
Even if the plot was very, very thin and that I figured it out a few pages into the second part of the book, this book was kinda intriguing in all aspects except for the mystery part. I liked the inside view into the Italian bureaucratic government way to do things. I liked nothing is said but everything is implied way the character is being toyed with. It has some kinship with the Camilleri books, same day to day routine but with less humor I must say. Zen is not a happy person probably never will be. ( )
  writerlibrarian | Apr 4, 2013 |
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Aurelio Zen lounged on the sofa like a listless god, bringing the dead back to life.
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The brief journey did nothing to alleviate his fears that a major fiasco was in the offing.
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Just a caveat to readers that the 2011 British TV series departs considerably from Michael Dibdin's texts.
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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.

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When a mob boss is gunned down in cold blood at his fortress-like estate, Venetian inspector Aurelio Zen steps in to solve the crime.

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