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on 31 May 2007
Aurelio Zen switches to Sardinia to solve a grisly crime. Several people are murdered in the same incident, which is captured on video, although the murderer is not. Zen is under political pressure to ensure that one particular suspect is not arrested for the crime.
I continue to have trouble warming to Zen - he is a loner and his relationships with nearly all characters in the book are strange.
However, this is one of the most beautifully written crime novels I've read. The plot is not overly complex but it is not difficult to keep turning the pages. There is a good well-thought-out twist to round things off. But the strengths of this book lie in the quality of writing and the insights shown by the author.
The novel is one of Dibdin's earlier efforts and it was a relief to see that crimes can get solved without internet searches and mobile phones, which probably says something about the other crime novels I've been reading lately!
In short, a simple story, but very impressive writing.