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Dead Lagoon: An Aurelio Zen Mystery Paperback – January 3, 1996
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"Zen is as sharp as ever in dealing with sneering Venetian lowlifes and bent Venetian cops. This masterfully atmospheric tale...will make most readers wish he could have stayed on the case forever." --Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
mystery set in Venice. Michael Dibdin does an excellent job
of using the Venetian landscape as a supporting character in
the mystery at hand. Best of all for armchair travelers, the
two maps included in the book help you follow the action
which ranges across the lagoon in all directions on land,
sea and air. Following the main character, Aurelio Zen, as
he resolves the dual interwoven mysteries and his personal
romantic problems is a most enjoyable reading experience.
Zen is deep, dark and driven. His peregrinations across
Venice in winter are a source of pure delight. The mysteries
at the core of the book are well formulated and keep the
reader guessing until the very end. Dibdin leavens the
darkness of the novel with a touch of black humor. Highly
The story itself is intriguing, with enough revelations along the way. There is no great finale denouement, more a piecing together of the jigsaw, and one great personal revelation about Zen's family background.
I thought Dibdin was at his very best when the action moves to the Questura (police headquarters). I half expected Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti to come strollign along the corridor!
The "chase" sequence - on foot and boat through wintry night time Venice was also excellent.
Thoroughly recommended for anyone who enjoys top quality crime fiction. No formulaic writing here!
Being lucky enough to have visited Venice myself, I found Dibdin's audio, visual and olifactory portrait of the city remarkable. The labyrinth of small bridges, canals and walkways are expertly rendered and a joy to read.Read more ›
The Zen character takes a particular nasty approach in his personal life as he becomes more aware that he is quite alone in the world with no homeland i.e. city to call home, no love etc. He does do something, which I find amazing about his lost father but read the book. No spoiler am I.
Finally, read carefully between the lines and the plots to see where Dibdin is being facetious or serious. Here is an author who knows how to manipulate a plot and a character.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dibdin and his creation Zen are my favorits, so I'm partial. Answering the questons about the plot, mood ant the pace is pointless from my point of view.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Aurelio Zen, a Venetian born detective working out of Rome, has returned to his native city under a pretense---which when he visits the local police station, turns out to be a case... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Gryphonisle
Dibdin at his best, with this installment in Zen's hometown of Venice, rather than the customary setting of Rome..Published 3 months ago by G.B. Piranesi
Not finished reading it but I love it. Recommended! Well written, and more complex than a BBC series can be. Amazing how well Dibdin seems to know Venice.Published 9 months ago by suefein
This is a very good detective story, set in Venice, which always seems to help the story along. In this novel, Aurelio Zen travels to his native Venice to work on two cases, one... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brian Lewis
Aurelio Zen mysteries are easy to like. Aurelio Zen is hard to love. As Aurelio unwinds the intricate, finely woven plot, we follow along as he travels up and down the putrid... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tony Covatta