Cosi Fan Tutti

Cosi Fan Tutti

An Aurelio Zen Mystery

Book - 1997
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Now commander of Naples' harbor detail, Aurelio Zen tries to help a seductive Neapolitan widow separate her daughters from their possibly Mafia-associated fiances and finds himself mistaken for the head of Naples' most powerful crime family as he investigates a bizarre series of crimes.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 1997
ISBN: 9780679442721
0679442723
Branch Call Number: MYS Dibd
Characteristics: 247 p

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tjdickey
May 30, 2017

Naples is by far the worst pit of corruption and schenanigans that we have seen Aurelio Zen confront, and the entire book ends up much closer to Opera Buffa than Opera Seria. Cases of mistaken identity, romantic entanglements and cross-entanglements, betrayals of all stripes, all set against a backdrop of the city of the Camorra.

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htliang
Dec 21, 2015

After reading other people's reviews of this novel, I set my expectations low; therefore, it was a wonderful surprise to find out how much I enjoyed the book!
Aurelio Zen is sent in disgrace to Naples where he heads up a somewhat disreputable police station. He turns a blind eye to all the shady dealings going on around him while he tries to put in the hours until retirement. Unfortunately, he gets unwillingly caught up in some major crimes. Along the way, he is mistaken for a mafia boss and he also tries to help out a friend who thinks her girls are too attracted to some "criminal types".
I found the story entertaining, humorous, and suspenseful. The reader must expect to concentrate, however, because Dibdin uses some difficult vocabulary throughout ( jejune, librettist, segue, and many others like these). If you enjoyed the other Zen novels, I believe you'll like this one too.

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Matthew412
Mar 25, 2015

Entertaining read. "delirious combination of the deadly serious and the seriously comic" is an apt description.

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