Books by Michael Dibdin

Crime novelist Michael Dibdin was born in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands on 21 March 1947 and was educated at schools in Scotland and Ireland. He read English at Sussex University and studied for an MA at the University of Alberta in Canada. His firs

BACK TO BOLOGNA by Michael Dibdin
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"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, even if it does give the corpse short shrift."
Bologna on wry. Read full book review >
MEDUSA by Michael Dibdin
Released: Feb. 17, 2004

"Dibdin, a champion assayer of politics and bedfellows (Blood Rain, 2000, etc.), herein masters the art of misdirection, leading the reader on a merry chase from villa to farm, from the gardens of Rome to the casinos of Switzerland."
In a style cribbed from Maigret and Colombo, Dibdin shows Aurelio Zen with a new girlfriend to pamper, a new case to niggle at, and some maddening Italian political intrigue to sort through. Read full book review >
THANKSGIVING by Michael Dibdin
Released: March 29, 2001

"Yet Dibdin's title turns out to be accurate after all: a tribute to the power of grace and gratitude to transform even the most blasted lives."
Quite a change of pace for the urbane creator of Roman detective Aurelio Zen (Blood Rain, 2000, etc.): a teasing, lacerating fable about a new widower maddened by grief. Read full book review >
BLOOD RAIN by Michael Dibdin
Released: April 3, 2000

"Cunning, bloody, and irresistible."
Aurelio Zen has been shunted off to Sicily by his superiors, ostensibly to act as a liaison between the police there and the Interior Ministry in Rome. Read full book review >
A LONG FINISH by Michael Dibdin
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Since Dibdin, though he's producing a less sparkling vintage than Cosç Fan Tutti (1997), is still Dibdin, no one but Zen will be surprised that this relaxed atmosphere is helping conceal some long-buried secrets and a memorably extended game of was-it-this-one-or-that-one."
Just because Manlio Vincenzo is the prime (and only) suspect in the murder of his noted vintner father, there's no reason to keep him locked up when he could be out of jail shepherding the family's harvest to the classic year it seems destined for. Read full book review >
COSI FAN TUTTI by Michael Dibdin
Released: May 16, 1997

"As in the best farces, practically everybody, including Zen, turns out to be in disguise—though the outrageous variety of masquerades ranges far beyond anything Mozart ever thought of."
Aurelio Zen (Dead Lagoon, 1995, etc.) has bailed out of the Rome Questura one jump ahead of a hardship posting, preempting his inevitable exile by requesting assignment to the port detachment at Naples, which seems like a sleepy enough place for him to bide his time till his fortunes improve. Read full book review >
Released: March 19, 1997

"For the faithful, who won't need to be convinced that crime writing can be good writing, Dibdin (Dark Specter, 1996, etc.) provides a sumptuous dim sum for all seasons."
``Good crime writing is good writing,'' submits Dibdin, and in evidence he offers these 84 excerpts from novels, stories, poems, and critical essays. Read full book review >
DARK SPECTER by Michael Dibdin
Released: Feb. 20, 1996

"A superior vintage pressed from the most unlikely grapes."
Most suspense novels are spoiled to a certain extent by summary, but Dibdin's unusual new mystery represents an extreme case in which the less you know in advance, the better. Read full book review >
DEAD LAGOON by Michael Dibdin
Released: Jan. 25, 1995

Aurelio Zen is back in his hometown of Venice, ostensibly seconded there to investigate crazy old Contessa Ada Zulian's insistent accusations that her palazzo is haunted. Read full book review >
THE DYING OF THE LIGHT by Michael Dibdin
Released: Jan. 10, 1994

"Once again, Dibdin, author of Ratking and the Aurelio Zen novels (Vendetta, 1991, etc.), produces a tale as piercingly funny as Tom Stoppard—and as wise about the powers of fiction to deal with an unspeakable world."
Immured in a beastly nursing home run by smarmy William Anderson and his foulmouthed sister Letitia Davis, Rosemary Travis, abetted by her cooperative chum Dorothy Davenport, keeps her spirits up by embroidering the horrors of life at Eventide Lodge into a baroque Golden Age mystery plot—a plot that casts each of her innocuous fellow-geriatrics as a possible suspect when Hilary Bryant dies or George Channing attempts to escape and is mauled by Anderson's Doberman. Read full book review >
CABAL by Michael Dibdin
Released: March 2, 1993

"Superb study of secular and lay politics, but, like those bodies, all comes tumbling down to a bad end in the mundane—in fact, maudlin—motive for it all."
When called in by the Vatican to assist in the matter of Prince Ludovico Ruspanti's fatal tumble from one of St. Read full book review >
VENDETTA by Michael Dibdin
Released: Dec. 10, 1991

"But the interspersing of the killer's thoughts is far too corny a ploy for a writer of Dibdin's skill."
Aurelio Zen, the Italian Maigret, now working out of Rome's criminal investigation division, is assigned the Villa Burolo massacre—in which every member of the wealthy Burolo's house party died, with the scene captured on videotape (as were most of the activities at the villa)! Read full book review >
DIRTY TRICKS by Michael Dibdin
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A comedy about immorality that'll make you cringe."
Dibdin's fifth novel (The Tryst, 1990, etc.) combines sex and violence in hilarious and appalling ways as narrator Tim—a poor but well-educated language-school instructor—jockeys for position among the academics and the ``right sort'' at Oxford. Read full book review >