Dead Lagoon

Dead Lagoon

An Aurelio Zen Mystery

Book - 1995
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Among the emerging generation of crime writers, none is as stylish and intelligent as Michael Dibdin, who, in Dead Lagoon , gives us a deliciously creepy new novel featuring the urbane and skeptical Aurelio Zen, a detective whose unenviable task it is to combat crime in a country where today's superiors may be tomorrow's defendants.Zen returns to his native Venice. He is searching for the ghostly tormentors of a half-demented contessa and a vanished American millionaire whose family is paying Zen under the table to determine his whereabouts-dead or alive. But he keeps stumbling over corpses that are distressingly concrete: from the crooked cop found drowned in one of the city's noisome "black wells" to a brand-new skeleton that surfaces on the Isle of the Dead. The result is a mystery rich in character and deduction, and intensely informed about the history, politics, and manners of its Venetian setting.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 1995, c1994
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780679753117
Call Number: M DIBDIN M
Characteristics: 297 p. : maps ; 25 cm


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May 27, 2017

It is completely fitting that for this fourth installment in the Aurelio Zen series, the detective returns to his native Venice. There is no more fitting location Dibdin could choose in Italy than Venice, whose canals, back alleys, and dead-ends mirror the convoluted twists of the plot, of the corruption in Italian officialdom, and in the mind of Zen himself; Venice, whose very life depends on the uncertain ebb and flow of the lagoon's waters.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 22, 2014

Michael Dibdin is a marvelous writer of mysteries and creator of Aurelio Zen, member of the elite Italian Criminpol. Zen's Venice is a gloomy place of decay and shifting waters. Sent to find a missing American and investigate a "haunting," he faces corruption, disorder and unseen menace. Dibdin is usually too black for me -- but unputdownable.


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