Ratking is the first book in the Inspector Zen series from the ‘maestro of crime writing’, Michael Dibdin: a kidnapping case set in the winding streets of Perugia, Italy. Now a major TV series on BBC One from the producers of DCI Banks and Wallander featuring Rufus Sewell.
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Perugia, he thought. Chocolates, Etruscans, that fat painter, radios and gramophones, the University for Foreigners, sportswear. ‘Umbria, the green heart of Italy’, the tourist advertisements said. What did that make Latium, he had wondered, the bilious liver?
Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen has crossed swords with the establishment before – and lost. But from the depths of a mundane desk job in Rome he is unexpectedly transferred to Perugia to take over an explosive kidnapping case involving one of Italy’s most powerful families.
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