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Ratking by Michael Dibdin
  

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March 2011 Guest Editor Robert Goddard on Ratking...

Aurelio Zen, Michael Dibdin’s Italian detective in a series of novels, has recently made it to the small screen. It’s enjoyable viewing and the scenery’s wonderful, but the TV Zen bears little similarity to Dibdin’s original creation. Ratking, Zen’s first appearance in print, won the 1988 Gold Dagger Award and it’s easy to see why. Dibdin takes you deep into the tangled undergrowth of Italian politics and police work (the two are inextricably bound up with each other) and gives you the sardonic, slightly battered but stubbornly ethical Zen to guide you through it. As the series went on, Zen grew older and more cynical, but everything you need to know and understand and love him is right here at the start.

If you like Michael Dibdin you might also like to read books by Manuel Vazquez Montalban, Robert Wilson and Jason Webster.

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Ratking by Michael Dibdin

Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen had crossed swords with the establishment before - and lost. But from the depths of a mundane desk job in Rome he is unexpectedly transferred to Perugia to take over an explosive kidnapping case involving one of Italy's most powerful families.

About the Author

Michael Dibdin was born in 1947, and attended schools in Scotland and Ireland and universities in England and Canada. He is the author of the internationally bestselling Aurelio Zen series, which includes Medusa, Back to Bologna and End Games. He died in 2007.

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Publication date

17th February 2011

Author

Michael Dibdin

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Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780571271573

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