!!> BOOKS ✷ Blood Rain ✭ Author Michael Dibdin – Varanus.us

Blood RainAurelio 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 SquadThe 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

!!> BOOKS ✷ Blood Rain ✭ Author Michael Dibdin – Varanus.us
  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • Blood Rain
  • Michael Dibdin
  • English
  • 26 May 2019
  • 0375708308

    10 thoughts on “!!> BOOKS ✷ Blood Rain ✭ Author Michael Dibdin – Varanus.us


  1. says:

    This is the seventh in the series of novels featuring Aurelio Zen, a detective from Venice Each novel finds Zen in a different part of Italy, in this case Sicily As might be expected, the Mafia features here But the Mafia, as described in the book, is not so much a single organisation as a group of competing families or clans who communicate with each other by messages Sometimes these messages seem to be clear for example, cutting a leg off the competition with a chainsaw and delivering it This is the seventh in the series of novels featuring Aurelio Zen, a detective from Venice Each novel finds Zen in a different part of Italy, in this case Sicily As might be expected, the Mafia features here But the Mafia, as described in the book, is not so much a single organisation as a group of competing families or clans who communicate with each other by messages Sometimes these messages seem to be clear for example, cutting a leg off the competition with a chainsaw and delivering it direct to their doorstep There are two problems with this The first is being sure you know who is actually sending the message is it who you would expect, or someone else trying to dupe you into thinking it is who you would expect The second problem is working out what the message really means which is hard enough anyway, but twice as hard if you aren t sure who sent it This novel is unusually full of messages and because Zen isn t a native of Sicily he is, by his usual standards, unusually inept in detecting and interpreting them This places him in great danger from which he is rescued by others or by accident On one occasion he is rescued by football fans and on another by an earthquake which begins at exactly the right time to deter his attackers How likely is that The book ends with an explosion another message and, but for the fact that there are fourbooks in the series, it isn t at all clear that Zen survives it.The book has Dibden s usual virtues It is beautifully written, with some excellent descriptions of scene and character The plot is complex but perhaps overly subtle there is so much that Zen doesn t fully understand that the same goes for the reader The mood is also unusually sombre given two deaths half way through which affect him personally


  2. says:

    this book was so damn boring I seriously couldn t wait to get rid of it.


  3. says:

    This is the seventh adventure of Aurelio Zen a middle aged Roman police investigator Zen is a world weary loner, nestled within Italian corruption and fighting crime with a knack of finding himself at the wrong place at the wrong time during his investigations He s not so much brave and courageous as obsessively curious, his moral code preventing him from letting wrong doing, sleeping dogs lie The books in this series arepsychologically driven rather than action thrillers and becaus This is the seventh adventure of Aurelio Zen a middle aged Roman police investigator Zen is a world weary loner, nestled within Italian corruption and fighting crime with a knack of finding himself at the wrong place at the wrong time during his investigations He s not so much brave and courageous as obsessively curious, his moral code preventing him from letting wrong doing, sleeping dogs lie The books in this series arepsychologically driven rather than action thrillers and because of this may not be everyone s cup of tea Lengthy descriptions and digressions abound, combined with an insider s view of the seamier side of Italian society The writing is excellent and I thoroughly enjoy these books.In this volume Zen has been transferred to Sicily to act as a liaison between the Italian police and the mafia task force based there his duties somewhat nebulous and the move definitely not a promotion The good news is that his newly adopted adult daughter another story in and of itself is also there working to install a computer system for the task force Said daughter soon stumbles across some nefarious computer activity, tells her father about it and Zen being Zen he soon finds himself sucked into the mafia world with all of its corruption and deadly turf battles.There are a multitude of twists, turns and betrayals here and simply identifying who the good and bad guys are becomes Zen s main problem with even the conclusion of this book providing no clear answer If you re looking for a police procedural series which is a tad bit different and with an Italian flavor to it you won t go wrong here Although not absolutely necessary these books do stand on their own I would strongly recommend reading them in chronological order to truly appreciate the developing story and evolution of Aurelio Zen Because in a sense the series is a serial


  4. says:

    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 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


  5. says:

    Michael Dibdin writes some extremely good detective novels, this one, set against the backdrop of the three thousand year old city Of Catania,, Blood Rain, is an.exciting thriller A decomposing body has been found, sealed in a railway wagon, is the beginning of a dangerous case for the enigmatic Detective Aurelio Zen This is book seven in Dibdin s Zen books, but is a stand alone book, as most of them are If you have never read any, you are missing out.


  6. says:

    The dualistic, northern approach to life is completely alien to the Sicilian mind So far from there being just two possibilities, there are, in any given case, an almost infinite number. Michael Dibdin s Blood Rain 1999 is a part crime drama part thriller that perceptively portrays the Sicilian mentality or I should rather say the stereotype of Sicilian mentality The blurbs on the cover of the novel scream Spellbinding superb The Washington Post , Dibdin, whose prose is as startl The dualistic, northern approach to life is completely alien to the Sicilian mind So far from there being just two possibilities, there are, in any given case, an almost infinite number. Michael Dibdin s Blood Rain 1999 is a part crime drama part thriller that perceptively portrays the Sicilian mentality or I should rather say the stereotype of Sicilian mentality The blurbs on the cover of the novel scream Spellbinding superb The Washington Post , Dibdin, whose prose is as startlingly clever as his plot, stretches the existential suspense through to the final page The Wall Street Journal I beg to differ the phrases superb and clever plot are totally misused This is my seventh Italian crime drama in the Zen series by Dibdin and it barely rises above the level of the totally lame and ridiculous Cabal On the other hand, I quite like the other five Zen novels that I review on Goodreads.Inspector Aurelio Zen, unambitious and deeply compromised , has now been posted to Catania, Sicily, ostensibly to work on smashing the Mafia , once and for all The author clearly suggests that this is just a pretend appointment and like virtually all police type jobs in Italy his posting as a liaison officer between the Catania office and Rome headquarters is just a sham personnel move, and Zen is just supposed to pretend he is fighting the Mafia Zen s adopted daughter, Carla, a computer expert, also happens to be in Catania, working on setting up a computer network for the local Palace of Justice she is trying to find the back door entry to the system that causes leaks of sensitive information We also meet Corinna Nunziatella, the local judge, who befriends Carla, and the two women are young enough to seem to believe that the fight against the Mafia clans makes sense.The first half of the novel is totally unfocused and wanders aimlessly from a thread to a thread, from a possible main topic to another one All of a sudden, several dramatic events conveniently happen, and Mr Dibdin finally makes a decision what he wants to write about The novel mutates into a standard thriller, characterized by breakneck pace and little logic, other than that things are different than they look like Since it is of course true that nothing is ever like it seems, the silly Third Level stuff invoked by the author is also only a delusion, like all the misconstructions of various conspiracy theories Whole lotta blah blah blah The only part of the plot that I really like is the explosive ending.While in my eyes, Blood Rain fails as a crime thriller novel, it seems to redeem itself as a novel about Sicily Here s a nice highlight, as a sample Mr Dibdin writes about a fish market on the Sicilian coast that has been in the same place for about 3,000 years Also, one is impressed with the author clearly explaining the phony nature of Italian war against the Mafia, and how it is that the so called bad guys usually win They do because fighting them for real would be a greater inconvenience than tolerating them Also, in some ways, the bad guys are just like us.In several of my previous reviews of Mr Dibdin s novels I noticed his peculiar preoccupation with human excreta In this book, in addition to mentioning flatulence and defecation, the author widens his scatophilic range to include other species he writes about piles of dog turds the size of a meal and the color of vomit We are also offered truly original references to feeling like eating the breast of a pregnant woman and chewing on penises of dead boys Maybe the author thought these literary devices would emphasize the brutal and deeply cynical tone of the novel I am probably just dull witted, but I find these fragments pathetic One and three quarter stars


  7. says:

    There are a number of police detective novels set in Italy, and all contain some element of social comment on the day to day bizzareness of Italian life Michael Dibdin began this book with a chapter that has to be the funniest story about a short trip by freight train ever written, which at the same explains a lot about Sicily, and why,even by Italian standards, the triangular island is very strange.In justice, the story is only so so thereafter, and includes some fairly meandering elements, wh There are a number of police detective novels set in Italy, and all contain some element of social comment on the day to day bizzareness of Italian life Michael Dibdin began this book with a chapter that has to be the funniest story about a short trip by freight train ever written, which at the same explains a lot about Sicily, and why,even by Italian standards, the triangular island is very strange.In justice, the story is only so so thereafter, and includes some fairly meandering elements, which is why it has not gotten better marks The book also steadily gets darker, page by page in the last third of the story.Well researched, well written, and if you like Inspectore Zen, worth it


  8. says:

    How much I appreciate the craziness of Aurelio Zen His wild intuitive nature is on full display in Blood Rain I absolutely loved this book, despite all the difficult events that occurred Michael Dibdin is or, sadly, was a writing wizard, conjuring the city of Catania up around me with his perfectly chosen words I ve never been there but the images of the volcanic rock, the dark buildings have stayed with me as a memory.The story is deeply felt and passionately told Zen goes right out on How much I appreciate the craziness of Aurelio Zen His wild intuitive nature is on full display in Blood Rain I absolutely loved this book, despite all the difficult events that occurred Michael Dibdin is or, sadly, was a writing wizard, conjuring the city of Catania up around me with his perfectly chosen words I ve never been there but the images of the volcanic rock, the dark buildings have stayed with me as a memory.The story is deeply felt and passionately told Zen goes right out on the edge I kept reading and reading, receiving shocks on the way I cannot say , in case I reveal too much Highly recommendedAnd highly recommended again


  9. says:

    Some interesting characters and local color But as my father used to say about a certain Shakespeare play, The king dies, the queen dies, Ham dies I calls it a helluva play It s funny how you can read a book nearly all the way through thinking you are going to recommend this one to friends, and on the last page you change your mind That is especially true of mysteries I have learned not to recommend anything before I have read the whole book.


  10. says:

    This, the seventh in the Aurelio Zen series, is my personal favourite of the 8 I have read Medusa yet to come.This one has reasonably complex plotting and at first it was a little difficult to decide whether to try to keep track of which mafia group was which In the end, I just let it flow, and it did come together in the end.Like with most of the characters in a Zen novel, you can never be sure to what extent anyone including Zan is a goodie or a baddie There are precarious few go This, the seventh in the Aurelio Zen series, is my personal favourite of the 8 I have read Medusa yet to come.This one has reasonably complex plotting and at first it was a little difficult to decide whether to try to keep track of which mafia group was which In the end, I just let it flow, and it did come together in the end.Like with most of the characters in a Zen novel, you can never be sure to what extent anyone including Zan is a goodie or a baddie There are precarious few goodies An excellent addition to the series The next book And Then You Die is like a coda to this one so make sure you don t read it first by accident

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