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Ratking by Michael Dibdin
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Aug 06, 11

Read from March 05 to July 01, 2011

I bought this book when I learned that PBS is featuring a Masteroiece Mystery series of Didbin's mystery novels featuring the police commissioner, Aurelio Zen. And Rufus Sewell is playing the lead character! This is the first book in that series, so I will read it with Sewell cast in the lead.

The novel has ten times as many plot elements as the tv version, though that is no surprise. More characters, too. The show seems to have continued plot lines from the earlier two episodes into Ratking, the third episode, but the first book in the series. For example, this book includes information about how and why Zen got put on desk duty, his status t the start of the series and of this book.

I thought there was a little too much location description with some random details tossed in for no apparent reason. Other than that, i enjoyed reading the novel. The writer is skilled, the detective is interesting and admirable, the setting is fascinating, and the plot is sophisticated.
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