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A Rich Full Death [Kindle Edition]

Michael Dibdin
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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"Fruitily atmospheric as a crumbling necropolis with a startling (and hauntingly ambiguous) finale." --The Guardian"Vigorous and amusing. . .Dibdin convincingly creates the cosmopolitan society of nineteenth-century Florence." --Daily Telegraph"Clever plotting, witty writing, and a well-judged display of historical background." --The Times (London)"Dibdin has a gift for shocking the unshockable reader." --Ruth Rendell

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"Fruitily atmospheric as a crumbling necropolis with a startling (and hauntingly ambiguous) finale." --The Guardian

"Vigorous and amusing. . .Dibdin convincingly creates the cosmopolitan society of nineteenth-century Florence." --Daily Telegraph

"Clever plotting, witty writing, and a well-judged display of historical background." --The Times (London)

"Dibdin has a gift for shocking the unshockable reader." --Ruth Rendell

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 499 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0571280323
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Crime (16 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ETI9O4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,815 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael 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. In 1989 The Tryst was published to great acclaim and was followed by Vendetta in 1990, the second story in the Zen series. Dirty Tricks was published in 1991. Inspector Zen made his third appearance in Cabal, which was published in 1992. The Dying of the Light, an Agatha Christie pastiche, was published in 1993. His fourth Zen novel, Dead Lagoon, was published the following year. His next novel, Dark Spectre, was published in 1995. Two more Zen novels followed: Cosi Fan Tutti, set in Naples, was published in 1996 and A Long Finish was published in 1998. Blood Rain, the seventh Zen novel, was published in 1999. Thanksgiving was published in 2000, with the eighth Zen, And Then You Die, appearing in 2002. Aurelio Zen returned in Medusa, in August 2003, and then again in Back to Bologna in 2005. His last novel, End Games, was published posthumously in July 2007.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Rich Full Death 26 Aug 2012
By Ragnar VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This review contains spoilers though, in my opinion, it would difficult to spoil this book. Murders of English and American people are talking place in Florence at the time the poets Robert Browning and his wife Elizabeth Barrett Browning are living there.

The book takes the form of letters to a friend by a Bostonian, Robert Booth. In these letters Booth describes the murders and also the fact that Browning is a better detective than the local police inspector. Booth is a consumptive currently in remission, and is looking for a role in life. For a while he believes this role might be to document Browning as Boswell did for Dr Johnson. However, as they both end up with an interest in the same woman (who had to be named Beatrice by our author, after Dante) and Booth becomes disenchanted with Browning.

The murders are ingeniously linked to episodes from Dante (a native of Florence) and to several poems by Browning, including My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover.

Towards the end of the book, Booth realises that he has been framed by Browning, who has ransacked his flat and deposited items stolen from it at the various murder scenes. Browning has left a series of clues for Booth, in the form of quotations from one of his worst poems, Sordello, but with key words omitted. So, in order to benefit from the clues, Booth must read Sordello. It doesn't come much nastier than that! However, over the course of twenty-four hours, Booth manages to crack all the clues and reclaim the incriminating items.

When our two Roberts have their final confrontation, Browning accuses Booth of being the murderer and Booth confirms it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read from Dibdin 11 Jan 2004
By M. V. Clarke VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is another enjoyable read from the versatile Michael Dibdin. Set in 19th Century Florence and narrated through a series of letters, a story of poetry, philosophy, deceit and death unfolds with many mysterious twists and turns. The letters are written by Robert Booth, a young Bostonian resident in Florence, who strikes up a friendship with the poet Robert Browning. Both men prove to be dark characters, whose true intentions and actions only become clear at the very end of the book. A very enjoyable read, though not quite as good as some of Dibdin's other books, such as the Zen series or Dark Spectre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 May 2014
Format:Paperback
Extraordinary - was story true or a figment of his imagination?
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5.0 out of 5 stars good 18 April 2014
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this was another one bought for my brother for christmas and he said it was a brilliant read that he enjoyed
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