Così Fan Tutti

Così Fan Tutti

An Aurelio Zen Mystery

Book - 1998
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An Aurelio Zen Novel

Michael Dibdin's overburdened Italian police inspector has been transferred to Naples, where the rule of law is so lax that a police station may double as a brothel. But this time, having alienated superiors with his impolitic zealousness in every previous posting, Zen is determined not to make waves.

Too bad an American sailor (who may be neither American nor a sailor) knifes one of his opposite numbers in Naples's harbor, and some local garbage collectors have taken to moonlighting in homicide. And when Zen becomes embroiled in a romantic intrigue involving love-sick gangsters and prostitutes who pass themselves off as Albanian refugees, all Naples comes to resemble the set of the Mozart opera of the same title. Bawdy, suspenseful, and splendidly farcical, the result is an irresistible offering from a maestro of mystery.
Publisher: New York :, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard,, 1998.
Edition: First Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard edition.
ISBN: 9780679779117
Branch Call Number: M DIBD
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 21 cm


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May 30, 2017

Naples is by far the worst pit of corruption and schenanigans that we have seen Aurelio Zen confront, and the entire book ends up much closer to Opera Buffa than Opera Seria. Cases of mistaken identity, romantic entanglements and cross-entanglements, betrayals of all stripes, all set against a backdrop of the city of the Camorra.

Dec 21, 2015

After reading other people's reviews of this novel, I set my expectations low; therefore, it was a wonderful surprise to find out how much I enjoyed the book!
Aurelio Zen is sent in disgrace to Naples where he heads up a somewhat disreputable police station. He turns a blind eye to all the shady dealings going on around him while he tries to put in the hours until retirement. Unfortunately, he gets unwillingly caught up in some major crimes. Along the way, he is mistaken for a mafia boss and he also tries to help out a friend who thinks her girls are too attracted to some "criminal types".
I found the story entertaining, humorous, and suspenseful. The reader must expect to concentrate, however, because Dibdin uses some difficult vocabulary throughout ( jejune, librettist, segue, and many others like these). If you enjoyed the other Zen novels, I believe you'll like this one too.

Mar 25, 2015

Entertaining read. "delirious combination of the deadly serious and the seriously comic" is an apt description.


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