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Medusa by Michael Dibdin


Medusa by Michael Dibdin

348 393 9028: MEDUSA. After the heated pool, the air was distinctly cool, even down here in the sheltered terraces above lake Lugano. He keyed in the number, then turned to face the hillside behind the villa. The land rose precipitously, the contours marked by the looping line of Via Totone and its accompanying homes and gardens. There was no one in sight. When a group of Austrian cavers in the Italian Alps come across human remains at the bottom of a deep shaft, everyone assumes the death was accidental - until the still unidentified body is stolen from the morgue and the Defence Ministry puts a news blackout on the case. The whole affair has the whiff of political intrigue. The search for the truth leads Zen back into the murky history of post-war Italy and obscure corners of modern-day society to uncover the truth about a crime that everyone thought was as dead and buried as the victim. If you enjoyed the Inspector Zen Mystery series you may also like The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, another crime novel by Michael Dibdin.


Gripping.... The tangle of Italia criminale and Italia lite is irresistible; and well worth not resisting. -- Los Angeles Times Book Review A suspenseful, complex mystery that is beautifully written and filled with humor, rich insight and deep feeling. -- The Denver Post

Dibdin's Italy-based Aurelio Zen tales are among the best in the mystery genreE. Dibdin's a special writer, onw who is a joy to read. -- Boston Globe

A wholly pleasing and satisfying novel. -- San Jose Mercury News

Exceptional. . . . If you like your thrillers impeccably written and sharpened with a political edge, Michael Dibdin's Medusa provides everything from car bombs to secret societies to military intrigue. . . . Zen is appealing human, while Dibdin's insights into Italian history, culture and landscape are packed with atmospheric detail enough to keep readers hanging on through the final page. -- San Antonio Express-News

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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


Michael Dibdin

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Faber & Faber


384 pages


Crime & mystery



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