Set in Italy and featuring policeman Aurelio Zen, the first in this series. It's a little confusing at first because the Italian police system is set up quite differently than ours, but once you get past that, Ratking is quite enjoyable, a tightly wound psychological thriller. Zen is ordered to investigate the death of a powerful industrial magnet, believed to be the work of underworld thugs. But was it? I'm hoping to read more in the series soon!
A friend and bookstore owner recommended Dibdin's The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, but the first book I came across was Ratking. It's an intelligent mystery/thriller, set in Italy, which is unusual and offers a realistic look inside the police system and everyday life there. And, Aurelio Zen is a police commissioner I would like to see more of.
A mystery and a thriller. Michael Dibdin is an author with a bent for the exotic location and a story that will keep you wanting to read into the night.
This book won The Golden Dagger Award - Novel of Psychological Suspence.
"Tremendously exciting...a novel both subtle and horrific." -- Ruth Rendell