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Ratking (An Aurelio Zen Mystery) Paperback – April 29, 1997
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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.
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But the local cops do everything they can to undermine him. The. Investigating magistrate wants to use Zen for his own political ends. Even the children of the victim refuse to cooperate with Zen or any other policeman. They're behaving so strangely, Zen wonders if they really want the old man back alive.
What I found interesting was how ineffectual Zen seemed through most of the book. Others get the better of him at every turn. He's anything but a superhero. Only when it seems too late does Zen show us he can be as crafty and tricky as his enemies.
I'm curious to see what Zen will be like in the next book, so I’ll be continuing with the series.
In this book, Perugia with its medieval walls and houses, ancient Etruscan and Roman stonework, climbing stairways and uphill roads makes an exotic setting.
The mystery here, is secondary to Zen's tainted vision of the world. It acts a conduit to expose Zen's feelings about the present and the past. His mantra, if he has one, could be paraphrased: A man must compromise in order to survive. Dibdin's humorous portrayals of the Italian populace of Umbria, most notably, the Miletti siblings and the Naopolitan driver, are priceless. The reader gets a real sense of the city state mentality of Italy, where there are definite prejudices between Northerners and Southerners. Dibdin's countless behind-the-scenes suggestions of corruption, wire-tapping and self-sustaining acts of betrayal seem too farfetched to be thought solely fictional.
The tone of the story is cynical and dark which makes for some tedious reading. The reader finds himself in his own rat tail tangle of misunderstanding. Zen, a reluctant realist, must deal with an American girlfriend who does not understand his need to keep the details of his relationship with her a secret from his live-in mother. He's got some issues with his father that come to light while he ponders the ties between the Miletti patriarch and his children. Along with the bungled career, there is an ex-wife, an abandoned home in Venice and a lifetime of smaller regrets. In short, he is no designer detective in an Armani suit with wise-guy retorts; he is real and has real problems.
As the first in a series of Zen mysteries, I think this one a worthy introduction and I look forward to seeing how the character manages to survive in the murky environment of real life.