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Blood Rain by Michael Dibdin
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Mar 21, 11

bookshelves: humour, thrillers, detective, italy
Read in March, 2011

One of Dibdin's best.

Set in Sicily featuring Aurelio Zen. The first half concentrates on judge Corinna Nunziatelli who has a couple of cases involving the Mafia, and Aurelio Zen's 'daughter' Carla Arduini setting up a police computer system. What's at issue is clear - some-one is trying to start a Mafia war. A capo's sons has been killed in a most appalling fashion, under circumstances pointing to the Corleone family. Indications suggest Rome and the carabinieri are somehow implicated - possibly high-level politicians.
After the assassination of Corinna and Carla, Zen is in danger and all action focuses on him.

The plot is intricate but the ending is a little contrived as it takes an earthquake to extricate Zen from a very dangerous situation.

The writing is excellent and there are some very very funny episodes, particular appealing to British readers.
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