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Montalbano piued my interest in Italian crime series I started looking for good Italian mysteries and the name that kept cropping up at every corner was Aurelio Zen by Michael Dibdin So I jumped into middle of the series with Blood Rain Right from beginning I took a liking to the book Dibdin writes in that half cynical half mocking style that is my favourite Zen is cast from the same mould as my other favourite detectives cynical with a wry sense of humour one who knows the futility of his job but has a built in compass that always points towards justice even though he is well aware how frustrating it can be to obtain justice for his victims in a corrupt societyThe book starts with murder of local mafia don s son Zen s new posting is in Catania Sicily His job is to liaise between different police departments a polite way of saying that his real job is to spy on anti mafia suad on behalf of his masters in Rome He is also getting to know his adopted daughter Carla Carla ends up on mafia s radar as she is installing computer network in anti mafia suad s office and befriends Judge Corinna Nunziatelli who is investigating the murder Soon this treacherous game of deception and lies engulfs Zen Being a northerner he is out of his depth in Sicily where warring mafia factions and their various supporters in government make it a tough job to identify who is really on which sideReading this book in the middle of the Great Indian charade that is called General Elections where almost one third of parliamentary candidates fielded by major Indian political parties face criminal cases murder extortion kidnapping you name it gave me a sense of D j vu It was as if Didbin was talking about northern badlands of India when he described Sicily s mafia culture The distinction between police mafia and politicians is permanently blurred just like in India Interests of many sides crisscross each other in such a complicated manner it is impossible to remain on sidelines Zen is caught in the crossfire becomes fugitive and it takes all his wit and courage and some luck to survive Just when we think Zen has finally managed to come out of the mess there is another attempt on his life Didbin ends the book leaving Zen s fate unanswered thus highlighting how anybody can end up being a pawn in someone else s power gameBlood Rain has added one series on my TBR pile and I am definitely going to read the series from beginning now Adventures of Superman Vol. 3 in the shadow of Mount Etna Blood Rain finds Aurelio Zen at his most desperate and driven. 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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 numberMichael 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 uite like the other five Zen novels that I review on GoodreadsInspector 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 headuarters 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 senseThe 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 endingWhile in my eyes Blood Rain fails as a crimethriller 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 3000 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 usIn 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 uarter stars Sobre el anarquismo (Biblioteca de Divulgación Anarquista is completely alien to the Sicilian mind So far from there being just two possibilities there are ABOUT ANARCHISM in any given case an almost Absolute Trust (Renegade, 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 La isla de la calavera 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 Paleontology and Paleoenvironments is my seventh Italian crime drama The Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance it barely rises above the level of the totally lame and ridiculous Cabal On the other hand I uite like the other five Zen novels that I review on GoodreadsInspector 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 Prayer For Little Things is just a pretend appointment and like virtually all police type jobs A Treatise on Time and Space in Italy his posting as a liaison officer between 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into a standard thriller characterized by breakneck pace and little logic other than that things are different than they look like Since Roomies it Adventures of Superman Vol. 3 is of course true that nothing Virgin Wanted is ever like Lie With Me invoked by the author No Feelings Involved 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 El libro de sinAzucar.org is the explosive endingWhile One Wore Blue (Cameron Saga: Civil War Trilogy, in my eyes Blood Rain fails as a crimethriller novel Size Matters it seems to redeem ¡Oh, lorem ipsum! 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 On the Edge (Dublin Nights, in the same place for about 3000 years Also one Snakewood is 88 Poems impressed with the author clearly explaining the phony nature of Italian war against the Mafia and how Relatos íntimos it The Sea Devil: The Adventures of Count Felix Von Luckner, the Last Raider Under Sail is that the so called bad guys usually win They do because fighting them for real would be a greater The Ultimate Resource inconvenience than tolerating them Also The Chronicles of Little Nicholas in some ways the bad guys are just like usIn several of my previous reviews of Mr Dibdin s novels I noticed his peculiar preoccupation with human excreta In this book El enigma del laberinto perdido in addition to mentioning flatulence and defecation the author widens his scatophilic range to Josef Muller-Brockmann 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 uarter stars


10 thoughts on “Blood Rain

  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

  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 c

  4. says:

    One of Dibdin's bestSet 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 R

  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 anexciting thriller A decomposing body has been found seal

  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 numberMichael 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 Spellbind

  7. says:

    Montalbano piued my interest in Italian crime series I started looking for good Italian mysteries and the name that kept cropping up at every corner was Aurelio Zen by Michael Dibdin So I jumped into middle of t

  8. says:

    There are a number of police detective novels set in Italy and all contain some element of social comment on the d

  9. says:

    I come away from reading these books feeling that I have some insight into italian culture and daily life they are super What a gre

  10. says:

    How much I appreciate the craziness of Aurelio Zen His wild intuitive nature is on full display in 'Blood Rain' I absolut