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Ratking by Michael Dibdin
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After enjoying the recent PBS series about Aurelio Zen I decided to see what the original was like. As it turned out, the plot of the first TV show was only slightly related to the plot of the novel. "Inspired by" would almost be an exaggeration. Even Zen himself was quite different--the only thing that seemed consistent between the series and the first book was the tone, the paranoid sense of multiple levels of interest, both in the police and in the suspects, the feeling that everything in Italian public life is corrupt. A ratking, by the way, is not the king of the rats--for a full description of the actual thing, see the Wikipedia entry for the word. It is a metaphor both for the circle of possible suspects in this book, for the local politics in Perugia, and for the criminal justice system in Italy. The writing is very detailed, and the plot is intricate. An OK read, but unappealing characters and an enigmatic detective. I probably won't be reading another one.
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Snorri Sturluson As usual, good comment. Can't disagree.


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