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Description: Dead Lagoon : Paperback : Faber & Faber : 9780571270859 : 0571270859 : 01 Mar 2011 : Aurelio Zen returns to his native Venice to investigate the disappearance of a rich American resident but he soon learns that nothing is what it seems. As he is drawn deeper into the mysteries surrounding the discovery of a skeletal corpse on an ossuary island, he is forced to confront a series of disturbing revelations about his own life. The Book Depository Dead Lagoon by Michael Dibdin - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Author: Mary Josefina Cade

Rating: 5

Review: Aurelio Zen, his name is a poem. As depicted in Michael Dibdin’s series, Zen is a tortured perfectionist in search of justice. Elusive justice. His thin figure twists through a corrupt system seeking balance, but rarely finding it. Occasionally this happens unexpectedly, as a by product of his often heroic efforts. Zen puts maximum effort into his work, he is obsessed with truth, a truth that nearly always turns out to be painful. So, this is NOT a cosy detective series. ‘Dead Lagoon’ the fourth in the series is set in Venice, a damp secret Venice, hidden from tourists. This is the town of the pozzo nero, the sewage boats into which the septic tanks of the waterside houses are drained, the exact metaphor for Zen's activities in 'Dead Lagoon'. The secrets he discovers are toxic and there are no easy solutions, but I must say no more in case of plot spoiling. I needed to take breaks in reading ‘Dead Lagoon’ as the intensity of the repressed emotion seeped into my own imagination, like the dark Venetian water. Everything affected me as if it was actually happening. I’m a non smoker, but Zen smoked so many cigarettes, so vividly described, that my own lungs began to hurt. In spite of this, I’m now addicted to Michael Dibdin’s inspired and dream like writing. Alas he is no longer with us, but he has left us eleven Zen books, a brilliant memorial. I started Book five immediately. ‘Cosi fan tutte’ which seems to signal more trouble in Zen's already ill fated love life. Oh dear, but I have to read it.

 

Author: conrad madison

Rating: 4

Review: This book will appeal to anyone with a love for Italy who enjoys a well written detective yarn. I enjoyed it. I think it helps if you've been to Rome, Venice, Naples etc as many references are made to city landmarks. They would definitely make good reading while in the cities that Zen has his adventures. I think you will find the Aurelio Zen portrayed by Rufus Sewell in the BBC series bears little resemblance to the fictional character created by the late Michael Dibden. Still you can't help but warm to him and want to follow him through the series of books Mr Dibden left behind.

 

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