- Audio CD
- Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; Unabridged edition (6 Jan. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408467585
- ISBN-13: 978-1408467589
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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Aurelio Zen: Blood Rain (Aurelio Zen 07) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Dibdin's diffidently honest Italian policeman Aurelio Zen has got the posting he always dreaded--he has been sent to Sicily, home of the Mafia, in a nondescript liaison job. The woman who might be his daughter is there too, fixing police computers and worried that someone has a backdoor into data; she is enjoying a flirtation with a woman magistrate whose pursuit of the Mafia is based on quite personal agendas. Someone died nastily of heatstroke and starvation in a railway van on a siding--the Limoni family deny, as local Mafia chieftains anxious to retain prestige would, that it was their missing son; and someone will end up paying in blood for this murder that never happened. Dibdin's picture of a Sicily full of death and confusion is evocative and plausible; Zen's reluctant pursuit of at least some part of the truth, some vestige of honour, is moving and powerful. This is an emotionally complex thriller in which the starkest of tragedy is counterpointed by outbreaks of bizarre comedy Zen finds himself allies in unlikely places and the internal squabblings of the Mafia clans would be hilarious if they were not so blood- curdling .--Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
?As bracing as grappa.... Michael Dibdin is a fine novelist and an excellent mystery writer. "USA Today" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Dibdin moves with great flair between the humourously mundane and the starkly horrifying. In this regard I was particularly taken with the crime that initiates the story, in which the the remains of a man who has been slowly baked to death after being shut in an abandoned railway truck cannot be identified because of the undecipherable accompanying note, which could either indicate a member of the "Limina" clan, or that the carriage's decomposed goods were once lemons.
The book's plotting is intricate and devious, but the glimpses into the character of the enignmatic Inspector are just as facinating. In this sense "Blood Rain" is one of the darkest of the "Zen" novels, being far removed from the light comedy of "Cosi Fan Tutti". Zen is at his most haunted and anxious here, as he is confronted by a series of disasters in his increasingly barren personal life.
This novel does have some weaknesses. Dibdin's commentaries on Italian history can be annoyingly pedagogic, and his explanatations of regional characteristics could easily seem patronising to those described. Furthermore, Zen's encounter with some drunken English football fans later on in the novel struck me as a rather contrived insertion into an otherwise fluent narrative. These flaws are quickly forgotten, however, in the enjoyment of Dibdin's prose and the development of his endearingly quirky and fallible protagonist.
Some book jackets compare one author to another, as was the case here. I had never heard of Mr. Dibdin or this series of Aurelio Zen mysteries, and if you haven't either, something special by a gifted author awaits your attention.
If you enjoyed the late Mario Puzzo's Sicily, this particular installment, "Blood Rain", is for you. Very little is as it appears the first, second, or third time you read it during this story. Mr. Dibdin has the ability to sustain the uncertainty of the tale's direction and outcome until you literally are at the final page. What you feel you have learned even at that point is still open to question. None of this is done so as to be cliché; no surprise lurks around a corner. One of the skills Mr. Dibdin is so good at is knocking you off your chair when there is absolutely no reason to expect it. The brilliant part is, even though he surprises you, he has laid the basis for his moment, and still you really are stunned. I know it sounds trite, but you will not see the event coming. You may find yourself flipping back a few pages thinking you missed a clue, but don't bother looking; you missed nothing, no pages stuck together. The Author manipulates his readers with subtlety and perhaps a bit of guile.
One other element I enjoyed was the length. The book can be comfortably read in a sitting for it is only as long as it needs to be. Mr. Dibdin does not feel the need to produce 600 pages when 272 will do. He needed 272, no more or less, and you are rewarded for it.Read more ›
The books have become slightly lighter as the tired of life Zen becomes more reflective and wistful. His world weariness, with that hint of an amused onlooker, though does not detract from the clever plot of Blood Rain. Only Zen can find himself with such such an array of challenges whether they be from his bosses, colleagues, politicians or criminals and come out almost unscathed. Surely the Mafia will not be the ones to finally end Zen's reign as one of our favourite detectives
Surely Zen will be back!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another brilliant and absorbing tale from the Zen series - a great read and definitely NOT run of the mill. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Judy Lomas
How much I appreciate the craziness of Aurelio Zen! His wild intuitive nature is on full display in 'Blood Rain'. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mary Josefina Cade
As a train-enthusiast, it is a bonus to find Michael Dibdin's seventh Aurelio Zen novel opening with a railway puzzle. Read morePublished 13 months ago by DT
I find Michael Dibdin a challenging read which I enjoy.Published 15 months ago by Suzanne Shillingford
Zen has taken up a senior position in Sicily and his daughter Carla arrives with a computer contract to work on. Read morePublished 16 months ago by june finnigan - writer
The sadly short-lived Michael Dibdin, 1947-2007, was at the height of his very considerable powers in 1999 when this, the seventh book in the series of novels featuring his... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dr R