Back to Bologna
Back to Bologna is the tenth book in the Inspector Zen series from the ‘maestro of crime writing’, Michael Dibdin, set in the heart of the historic city of Bologna. Now a major TV series on BBC One from the producers of DCI Banks and Wallander featuring Rufus Sewell.
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‘Pure pleasure.’ Evening Standard
‘An absolute treat . . . wittily and slyly written.’ Euro Crime
AN AURELIO ZEN MYSTERY
When the corpse of the shady industrialist who owns the local football team is found both shot and stabbed, Inspector Aurelio Zen is called to Bologna to oversee the investigation. Recovering slowly from surgery, and fleeing an equally painful crisis in his personal life, Zen is only too happy to take on what at first appears to be a routine and relatively undemanding assignment.
But soon a world-famous university professor is shot with the same gun, and the case threatens to spin out of control . . .
‘The best of the Zen series. Exceptionally clever and witty.’ 5* reader review
‘A very entertaining romp with Zen.’ 5* reader review
‘Very funny and perceptive on Italian society. Michael Dibdin’s Zen books are the top of the pile in detective fiction.’ 5* reader review
PRAISE FOR MICHAEL DIBDIN AND THE INSPECTOR ZEN SERIES:
‘He wrote with real fire.’ IAN RANKIN
‘A maestro of crime writing.’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘One of the genre’s finest stylists . . . And Zen himself is a masterly creation: he is anti-heroic and pragmatic but obstinate, cunning and positively burdened with integrity.’ GUARDIAN
‘Dibdin tells a rollicking good tale that you want both to read fast, because of its gripping storyline, and to linger over, to savour the evocative descriptions of place and mood.’ INDEPENDENT
‘One of British crime fiction’s most distinguished and distinctive voices.’ ANDREW TAYLOR
‘Dibdin has a gift for shocking the unshockable reader.’ Ruth Rendell
‘Zen is one of the greatest creations of contemporary crime fiction.’ OBSERVER
‘I love the way these books capture the atmosphere and contradictions of Italy.’ 5* reader review
‘Aurelio Zen novels are a great treat.’ 5* reader review
‘There is no better writer than Dibdin. His books are a joy to read.’ 5* reader review
‘Love these books . . . I am sure you will get hooked too!’ 5* reader review
Pure pleasure from the first page to the last.
This lively escapade casts modern Italy's many social and political problems in an amusing but realistic light.
Dibdin (Medusa, 2004, etc.) satirizes TV spinmeisters, academe, private-eye conventions and midlife angst. You can’t help but be charmed by his string-pulling.
Back to Bologna is dazzlingly plotted, features a cast of vivid and idiosyncratic characters, and along the way delivers both comic and serious insights into the realities of today's Italy.
An absolute treat . . . wittily and slyly written.
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