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An Aurelio Zen Mystery

Book - 2006
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The latest Aurelio Zen mystery follows the world-weary Venetian detective to Bologna to investigate the apparently straightforward murder of a local industrialist, embroiling him a case that quickly spirals out of control and entangles him with a semiotics student, a mysterious immigrant claiming to be royalty, and Bologna's most incompetent private detective.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2006, c2005
Edition: 1st Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard ed
ISBN: 9780307275882
0307275884
Branch Call Number: MYS Dib
Characteristics: 223 p. ; 21 cm

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tjdickey
Jun 22, 2017

Dibdin, as so often is the case, offers us Italy herself as one of the main characters of the novel. In this instance, it is a whimsical (even madcap!) take on Italy and some of her obsessions: politics, romance, traditional cuisine, football, reality TV, noir gumshoe detectives, even a thinly-disguised caricature of semiotics professor-turned-bestselling author Umberto Eco.

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Ecsandar
Jun 18, 2016

Unusually light, almost comedic installment of the normally rather dark Aurielio Zen series.

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tom18
Jun 21, 2014

About all that I can say about this book is that I stopped reading it after about three pages because the author's language would have made a sewer blush.

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