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Cabal by Michael Dibdin
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Aurelio Zen back in Rome taking on Vatican City. An odd twist at the end. During the final chase scene, there was an interesting passage that applies so well to the recession we are going through today. A body comes shooting down from the glass ceiling of a shopping galleria:

"Nevertheless, it was some such gesture of protest that sprang to most people's minds when they heard the sound of breaking glass. The shop windows were a powerful symbol of the socioeconomic barriers against which the poor were constantly being brought up short. They could gawk at the goodies as much as they liked, but they couldn't get at them. Sometimes, especially around Christmas, the disparity between the way of life on display and the one they actually lived became too much to bear, and some crazed soul would pick up a hammer and have a go."

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