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Author: Michael Dibdin
ISBN: 0375422692
Language: English
Pages: 272 pages
Category: Mystery
Publisher: Pantheon; First edition. edition (February 17, 2004)
Rating: 4.9
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Michael Dibdin (21 March 1947 – 30 March 2007) was a British crime writer who was famous for inventing Aurelio Zen, the principal character in 11 crime novels set in Italy.

Michael Dibdin (21 March 1947 – 30 March 2007) was a British crime writer who was famous for inventing Aurelio Zen, the principal character in 11 crime novels set in Italy. Dibdin was born in Wolverhampton, in the West Midlands of England. The son of a physicist, he was brought up from the age of seven in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, where he attended the Friends' School

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. After a decomposed body is discovered in an abandoned military tunnel, Inspector Aurelio Zen travels north to the Italian Alps to investigate.

Dibdin died too early, making this an unexpected treat, an Aurelio Zen I thought I’d read but hadn’t, I. .In the urbane and pragmatic Zen, world-class mystery novelist Michael Dibdin has given us a detective unlike any other

Dibdin died too early, making this an unexpected treat, an Aurelio Zen I thought I’d read but hadn’t, I realised leafing through it in a bookshop in Australia. Nov 25, 2018 Benjamin rated it really liked it. Shelves: crime. In the urbane and pragmatic Zen, world-class mystery novelist Michael Dibdin has given us a detective unlike any other.

Michael Dibdin’s veteran Italian police officer is back. The newest addition to this remarkable series - consistently galvanizing as much for its revelation of the subtle complexities of Italian life as for its page-turning suspense - is a novel of long-held secrets set against a sweeping background of political and passionate intrigue. When a group of Austrian cavers exploring a network of abandoned military tunnels in the Italian Alps comes across human remains at the bottom of a deep shaft, everyone assumes the death was accidental

Michael Dibdin Medusa Pulchra es amica mea suavis et decora sicut Hierusalem terribilis ut castrorum acies ordinata. Averte oculos tuosme quia ipsi me avolare fecerunt

Michael Dibdin Medusa Pulchra es amica mea suavis et decora sicut Hierusalem terribilis ut castrorum acies ordinata. Averte oculos tuosme quia ipsi me avolare fecerunt. You are beautiful my love, sweet and graceful like Jerusalem, terrible as an army drawn up for battle. Avert your eyes from me, for they put me to flight. The Song of Songs 6:3 I An oily fog had mystified the streets, sheathing the facades to either side, estranging fami. Pulchra es amica mea suavis et decora sicut Hierusalem terribilis ut castrorum acies ordinata.

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Written by Michael Dibdin, Audiobook narrated by Cameron Stewart. An Aurelio Zen Mystery, Book 5. By: Michael Dibdin. Narrated by: Michael Kitchen. Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins.

Medusa - 9. Authors: Michael Dibdin. 10. Vendetta: An Aurelio Zen Mystery.

Michael Dibdin’s veteran Italian police officer is back. The newest addition to this remarkable series -- consistently galvanizing as much for its revelation of the subtle complexities of Italian life as for its page-turning suspense -- is a novel of long-held secrets set against a sweeping background of political and passionate intrigue.When a group of Austrian cavers exploring a network of abandoned military tunnels in the Italian Alps comes across human remains at the bottom of a deep shaft, everyone assumes the death was accidental. Until, that is, the still-unidentified body is stolen from the morgue and the Defense Ministry puts a news blackout on the case. And is the recent car bombing in Campione D’Italia, a tiny tax haven surrounded on all sides by Switzerland, somehow related? The whole affair has the whiff of political corruption. That’s enough to interest Aurelio Zen’s boss at the Interior Ministry, who wants to know who is hiding what from whom, and why.The search for the truth leads Zen back into the murky history of postwar Italy and the obscure corners of modern-day society to uncover the truth about a crime that everyone thought was as dead and buried as its victim.
Comments (7)
Umi
There is no question in my mind that Dibdin was almost at the end of the road with his character Zen and that he was changing in the type of story he was experimenting with. From pure, if eccentric noir, to something different. A simple synopsis of his story would make it seem an almost banal mystery book. Yet Michael Dibdin manages to keep an aura of uniqueness in what really is a thematically simple tale presented in a complex and convoluted manner of three story lines.

If you are the type of mystery buff that is more comfortable with a character that is fully acquainted in past books, you will find this series to be a bit disconcerting to say the least. I find that I am not sure which Zen I feel most comfortable with but I do know that he is a worthy subject. In Medusa, Zen becomes less cerebral and the events of past history and their effect on present day affairs seem to challenge him more than in the past. Three crimes which may be connected, but not in way we would expect. An Italy that is unknown to the casual tourist beckons the reader, and of course, Zen. For a man who states that his name is Venetian and certainly loves that city, he seems to spend way too much time away from it without remorse.

Can't complain about the servings on this dish.
Doktilar
If Michael's Dibdin's prior Aurelio Zen mystery, "And then You Die", was a bit flaccid, he makes amends - big time - in "Medusa" - a hard-hitting, old-fashioned tale of conspiracy, deceit, love, and betrayal. As with all of Dibdin's work, the prose is beautifully crafted and elegant, and if the pace tends to meander at times in starts and fits and back alleys, this is, after all, Italy. Zen, too, is back in top form, free of the distractions of a dying mother and a budding love affair, instead and thankfully fully committed to cracking a baffling and increasingly ominous mystery.

The savvy Dibdin weaves this complex thriller obscurely, starting not with this discovery of the mummified corpse in an abandoned military tunnel in Italy's northern Dolomite mountain range, but with a series of vignettes of middle-aged Italians disturbed in varying ways by the discovery. In fact, roughly forty pages have turned until Zen even shows up, poking around the abandoned cave with the Austrian spelunker who originally found the body. What could have passed as a decades old accident takes on more sinister dimensions when the corpse is literally whisked away in the night by shadowy government officials, hooking Zen in the ultimate cold case complicated by never knowing exactly who can be trusted.

With its well drawn characters, engaging storylines, and authoritative settings, "Medusa" will remind loyal fans just how much Michael Didbin, who passed away last year, will be missed. If there is fairness in literature, perhaps he will gain the readership posthumously this prolific author so richly deserved while living.
Warianys
If the action in "And then You Die" could be deemed Zen's recuperation period after the devastating events of Sicily, "Medusa" demonstrates a Zen well again, and indeed up to his old unscrupulous tricks, but still feeling the pressures of his ordeal.

Dibdin concentrates more on his secondary cast in this police procedural involving the discovery by a group of Austrian spelunkers of the body of a soldier thought to have been killed 30 years earlier in a freak airplane accident. Dibdin excels in depicting the various Italian agencies scrambling to cover-up an affair they don't quite understand, but fully recognize as having the potential to disclose a little too much of their own corruptness. In addition Dibdin's psychological portrayals of the individual members of Medusa, the elite military force to which the dead man once belonged, smack with realism; I especially enjoyed lonely Gabriele who wants nothing more than to live in the world of his antiquarian bookstore---he reminded me of the "rat man" in "A Long Finish". In addition, Naldino, the socialistic restaurant owner gives new meaning to the term "confused anger" and Claudia is just as snakey as an aging femme fatale as the Gorgon of the title.
Intermingled within these portraits of the past, Medusa gives us glimpses of Zen harriedly and conscientiously boarding trains all over the north of Italy from Florence to Campione d'Italie near Switzerland. Obviously, he has not lost his doggedness or his world-weariness---he works through the quagmire of politicism as only an Italian can---he solves the case employing the most unorthodox methods while pursuing leads, chain-smoking and drinking enough coffee and grappa to fuel an entire Starbucks and receiving an unexpected "atta-boy" from his superior in the end. Something tells me that in a future installment, Gemma, the new lady in Zen's life, just may iron out some of his cynicism and infuse him with some enthusiasm that could, while letting his guard down, get him into some hilarious form of trouble. A pity she only has a cameo role in this one.
Nevertheless, it is so good to see Zen on the prowl again in a new well-paced story set against the backdrop of exquisite Italian scenery still somehow not tainted by the knowledge of what goes on behind the Italian government machine. I would love to see Zen on the silver screen--I'd even raise a glass of grappa to that!
Recommended to all Zen lovers. As with the other books in this series, this book is better read in the order in which it was written to get the most out of the on-going story line and characterizations of Zen and his friends.
Shaktiktilar
The usual ingredients of the Zen series: Zen himself, mixed-up and uncertain of what he wants from life, people in high positions involved in cruel and inhuman acts against fellow humans, even against those close to them. I don't know how Italians react to these books but they depict Italy as a land where the laws are flouted with impunity by the very institutions that are supposed to enforce them. (British readers who feel superior and complacent are recommended to read John Le Carré to see what their own institutions may be capable of!) Dibdin's imagination guarantees plots of fiendish complexity that keep the reader on tenterhooks from start to finish.