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Book Title: A Long Finish|
The author of the book: Michael Dibdin
ISBN 13: 9780571197194
Edition: Faber and Faber
Date of issue: 2004
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Italian Criminalpol detective Aurelio Zen has made the one colossal mistake few in his line of work can afford. He's managed to appear competent. This brings his name to the surface in many conversations, and increases his vulnerability to a distressing amount of change over which he has no control. Had it only been possible to wriggle out of this promotion to the new anti-Mafia squad in Sicily, he would certainly have done so. Alas, it was not. The damage could merely be minimized by that most facilitating of professional measures: the lubrication of a favor. And this is how he finds himself on a train to the wine country, to a small town called Alba where the producer of an exquisite (and exquisitely lucrative) vintage has been discovered murdered, mutilated and strapped to the fence of his yet-to-be-harvested vineyard. And if all that weren't annoying enough, Zen's miserably untrustworthy constitution picks this moment to thoroughly betray him by coming down with the flu.
Dibdin is back on his game here. The farcical elements of the last installment (Cosi Fan Tutti) have been greatly toned down, and the heady atmospherics re-initialized. Fine drizzles fall, "backed up by a powerful but lazy wind lolling around like a drunken braggart at the street corners." An early morning darkness beyond the windowpanes, "although still seemingly complete, had lost its inner confidence, sensing the inevitable defeat to come." Interrogations simmer with tension; accusations launch to be met with a new quality of silence "like a fresh sheet of sandpaper replacing one worn smooth." And Zen is, once again, a tonic of a figure. Doggedly pragmatic, frequently mistaken, and ever the darling of an oh-so-capricious fate.
Welcome back, Aurelio. You've been missed.
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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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