- Publisher: Bantam Dell Pub Group (Trd) (Jan. 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 055305337X
- ISBN-13: 978-0553053371
- Package Dimensions: 22.9 x 16 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 90 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,471,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ratking Hardcover – 1 Jan 1989
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BBC One's lavish new crime series from the producers of DCI Banks and Wallander. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Inside Flap
In this masterpiece of psychological suspense, Italian Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen is dispatched to investigate the kidnapping of Ruggiero Miletti, a powerful Perugian industrialist. But nobody much wants Zen to succeed: not the local authorities, who view him as an interloper, and certainly not Miletti's children, who seem content to let the head of the family languish in the hands of his abductors -- if he's still alive.
Was Miletti truly the victim of professionals? Or might his kidnapper be someone closer to home: his preening son Daniele, with his million-lire wardrobe and his profitable drug business? His daughter, Cinzia, whose vapid beauty conceals a devastating secret? The perverse Silvio, or the eldest son Pietro, the unscrupulous fixer who manipulates the plots of others for his own ends? As Zen tries to unravel this rat's nest of family intrigue and official complicity, Michael Dibdin gives us one of his most accomplished thrillers, a chilling masterpiece of police procedure and psychological suspense. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Ratking" is the first in the collection and whilst there are similarities, the books (as usaul) provide a far more rounded and in depth analysis of the main charcters and the story in general.
I will admit to picturing Rufus Sewell as Aurelio Zen whilst reading, but this didn't spoil the story, if anything, his slightly hang-dog, world weary stoicism helped me picture the worlld he was inhabiting.
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know more about Zen and the machinations of Italian politics and how it affects the policeman's daily lot.
Off to buy the next in the series.
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