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Vendetta: An Aurelio Zen Mystery Paperback – September 1, 1998
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As in the first Zen mystery, the actual crime and its solution act as a compelling backdrop and springboard to Zen's real problems.Read more ›
"Vendetta" is the second book in this series and the setting is Sardinia. A dinner party is interrupted when someone with a shotgun appears, and abruptly ends the evening's festivities. A man who said, "If anyone gets in, I will believe in ghosts", designed the security system. No ghost handles a shotgun, and after Italy's equivalent of SWAT Teams can find no way in, the enigma is set.
I have commented at length on why I find Mr. Dibdin to be such a talented writer when I reviewed his newest book "Blood Rain" and his first book "Ratking". I will not be totally repetitive, but I will note that one of the keys to enjoying this Author's work is his ability to sustain your interest with a variety of possible outcomes to the very end. His stories are constructed like a maze, and as Sardinia is a maze both above and below ground, the setting is perfect.
A very, very good series!
This finely-crafted novel ranks among the best of our era. Surpassing in suspense even the popular-market fiction of Michael Crichton or John Case, Dibdin's "Vendetta" reaches the highest stratum of literary excellence.
Whilst enjoyable, and as engaging as its predecessor, Ratking, and successor, Cabal, I thought there were some MINOR plotting weaknesses (eg a luxury car whose steering didn't lock when being driven without the engine running).
The Sardinian setting was well-evoked.
I do recommend reading the Zen series in order, especially the first three, where character development builds.
But when, sometime later, a pickpocket manages to steal the video cassette while Zen is boarding a bus and when Zen is summoned to the Palazzo Sisti and asked by "l'onorevole" to go to Sardinia and fake some evidence in order to withdraw the charges against the main suspect Renato Favelloni, the inspector is about to start one of the most dangerous investigation in his career.
Very good action-packed thriller with breathtaking scenes in Sardinia and an Aurelio Zen in full swing!
Michael Tudor Barnes delivers a stunning performance reading "Vendetta".
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Far too many characters with similar names (I don't speak Italian but a lot of the names looked alike in print). Short novel, maybe that's good or bad depending on your need.Published 27 days ago by Frank Kennedy
Classic Dibdin thriller, which I love, especially for their Italian settings.Published 1 month ago by JenninDC
A rare (for me) book that I had to stop reading, as it bored me so much....Published 9 months ago by gilly8
LOVE Michael Dibdin's Aurelio Zen series and wonder why it's not a PBS series!Published 10 months ago by Rona, NYC
I love the main character, Aurelio Zen and am always surprised, which when you are an avid reader, only happens rarely....Published 13 months ago by N. Barnes
In this second Aurelio Zen mystery, Zen gets involved in solving the murder of a millionaire whose house had super high-security protection. How'd the assassins get in? Read morePublished 24 months ago by Barbara Saffer