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Michael Dibdin (1947–2007)

Author of Ratking

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About the Author

Michael Dibdin is the author of thirteen previous novels. A native of England, he now lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, the mystery writer Katherine Beck. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Works by Michael Dibdin

Ratking (1988) 968 copies
Dead Lagoon (1994) 823 copies
Vendetta (1990) 712 copies
Cabal (1992) 686 copies
Così Fan Tutti (1996) 650 copies
A Long Finish (1998) 613 copies
Blood Rain (1999) 605 copies
Medusa (2003) 506 copies
And Then You Die (2002) 477 copies
Back to Bologna (2005) 468 copies
Dirty Tricks (1991) 281 copies
Dark Spectre (1995) 260 copies
A Rich Full Death (1986) 247 copies

Associated Works

Moonraker (1955) — Introduction, some editions — 3,201 copies
Time Out Rome (1994) — Introduction — 106 copies
Granta 39: The Body (1992) — Contributor — 105 copies
Best Short Stories 1991 (1991) — Contributor — 15 copies
New Writing 7 (1998) — Contributor — 5 copies
A Long Finish | Circles of Confusion | Taking Lives (2000) — Contributor — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge



1855 in Florence, Italy –
An area nicked-named “paradise of exiles” is currently dealing with an unusually high number of deaths. Six murders in the expat neighbourhood with no solutions.

The story is told in the form of letters from one Robert Booth, from America, to his friend Professor Prescott.

Booth has managed to get accepted into the social circle of Robert Browning (yes, the poet) and is considered a friend by Browning. When Browning takes it upon himself to investigate the first murder, Booth partners to help.

The first murder victim is a woman Booth was deeply in love with sometime back, so he feels he should help Browning. Five more murders occur and the investigations continue.

The plot is a bit tricky to follow, but reading it you feel you are back in that period. Characters, descriptions and events are well written. Great for readers who enjoy period writings of this era.

The solution is a read head turner!
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ChazziFrazz | 9 other reviews | Sep 2, 2023 |
Venice, crime, police, good read.
mykl-s | 26 other reviews | Mar 2, 2023 |
Probably a 3.75. Paints a rich picture or Italy, warts and all, and Zen is a wonderfully painted character even if rather flawed and not necessarily that likable.
malcrf | 24 other reviews | Sep 5, 2022 |
Simply excellent. Richly evocative prose, strong characterization. I don't know if the Italy paints is the real one, but he really brings it to life.
malcrf | 31 other reviews | Aug 20, 2022 |



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