Search Results: "Michael Dibdin"


BOOK REVIEW

MICHAEL by Henry Flesh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Amen."
Flesh's X-rated debut novel, the Lambda Award-winning Massage (1999), told of life at the bottom of Manhattan's gay subculture. Read full book review >

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MEDUSA by Michael Dibdin
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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VENDETTA by Michael Dibdin
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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DIRTY TRICKS by Michael Dibdin
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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BACK TO BOLOGNA by Michael Dibdin
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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BLOOD RAIN by Michael Dibdin
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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COSI FAN TUTTI by Michael Dibdin
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE VINTAGE BOOK OF CLASSIC CRIME by Michael Dibdin
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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DARK SPECTER by Michael Dibdin
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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DEAD LAGOON by Michael Dibdin
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >