by Michael Dibdin
Aurelio Zen #7
Set in Sicily, Malta, Rome
© 1999 published by Penguin Random House, Faber & Faber
Aurelio Zen—cynical and tough, yet worn down from years of law enforcement—has just been given the worst assignment he could imagine. He has been sent to the heart of hostile territory: Sicily, the ancient, beautiful island where blood has been known to flow like wine, and the distinction between the police and the criminals is a fine one. Even worse, he has been sent to spy on the elite anti-Mafia squad.The only thing that makes the job palatable—and takes his mind off routine details like the rotting body found in a remote train car—is that Zen’s adopted daughter, Carla, is also in town. But life becomes precarious for Carla when she stumbles upon some information she’d be better off not knowing and befriends a local magistrate on the Mafia’s most wanted list. What ensues is a breakneck plot of amazing complexity that culminates in a stunning finale. Blood Rain, emotionally gripping and defiantly original, is surely one of Dibdin’s finest works.
(Penguin Random House)
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