Blood Rain

Blood Rain

Michael Dibdin / Mar 28, 2020

Blood Rain Aurelio Zen cynical and tough yet worn down from years of law enforcement has just been given the worst assignment he could imagine He has been sent to the heart of hostile territory Sicily the anci

  • Title: Blood Rain
  • Author: Michael Dibdin
  • ISBN: 9780375708305
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback
  • Aurelio Zen cynical and tough, yet worn down from years of law enforcement has just been given the worst assignment he could imagine He has been sent to the heart of hostile territory Sicily, the ancient, beautiful island where blood has been known to flow like wine, and the distinction between the police and the criminals is a fine one Even worse, he has been sent to sAurelio Zen cynical and tough, yet worn down from years of law enforcement has just been given the worst assignment he could imagine He has been sent to the heart of hostile territory Sicily, the ancient, beautiful island where blood has been known to flow like wine, and the distinction between the police and the criminals is a fine one Even worse, he has been sent to spy on the elite anti Mafia squad.The only thing that makes the job palatable and takes his mind off routine details like the rotting body found in a remote train car is that Zen s adopted daughter, Carla, is also in town But life becomes precarious for Carla when she stumbles upon some information she d be better off not knowing and befriends a local magistrate on the Mafia s most wanted list What ensues is a breakneck plot of amazing complexity that culminates in a stunning finale Blood Rain, emotionally gripping and defiantly original, is surely one of Dibdin s finest works.

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      • Michael Dibdin

        Michael Dibdin was born in 1947 He went to school in Northern Ireland, and later to Sussex University and the University of Alberta in Canada He lived in Seattle After completing his first novel, The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, in 1978, he spent four years in Italy teaching English at the University of Perugia His second novel, A Rich Full Death, was published in 1986 It was followed by Ratking in 1988, which won the Gold Dagger Award for the Best Crime Novel of the year and introduced us to his Italian detective Inspector Aurelio Zen.Dibdin was married three times, most recently to the novelist K K Beck His death in 2007 followed a short illness.Series Aurelio Zen


    1. This is the seventh in the series of novels featuring Aurelio Zen, a detective from Venice. Each novel finds Zen in a different part of Italy, in this case Sicily. As might be expected, the Mafia features here. But the Mafia, as described in the book, is not so much a single organisation as a group of competing families or clans who communicate with each other by messages. Sometimes these messages seem to be clear – for example, cutting a leg off the competition with a chainsaw and delivering [...]

    2. This is the seventh adventure of Aurelio Zen – a middle aged Roman police investigator. Zen is a “world weary” loner, nestled within Italian corruption and fighting crime with a knack of finding himself at the wrong place at the wrong time during his investigations. He’s not so much brave and courageous as obsessively curious, his moral code preventing him from letting wrong-doing, sleeping dogs lie. The books in this series are more psychologically driven rather than action thrillers an [...]

    3. One of Dibdin's best.Set in Sicily featuring Aurelio Zen. The first half concentrates on judge Corinna Nunziatelli who has a couple of cases involving the Mafia, and Aurelio Zen's 'daughter' Carla Arduini setting up a police computer system. What's at issue is clear - some-one is trying to start a Mafia war. A capo's sons has been killed in a most appalling fashion, under circumstances pointing to the Corleone family. Indications suggest Rome and the carabinieri are somehow implicated - possibly [...]

    4. Michael Dibdin writes some extremely good detective novels, this one, set against the backdrop of the three thousand year old city Of Catania,, Blood Rain, is an.exciting thriller. A decomposing body has been found, sealed in a railway wagon, is the beginning of a dangerous case for the enigmatic Detective Aurelio Zen. This is book seven in Dibdin's "Zen" books, but is a stand alone book, (as most of them are) If you have never read any, you are missing out.

    5. "The dualistic, northern approach to life is completely alien to the Sicilian mind. So far from there being just two possibilities, there are, in any given case, an almost infinite number."Michael Dibdin's Blood Rain (1999) is a part crime drama part thriller that perceptively portrays the Sicilian mentality - or I should rather say - the stereotype of Sicilian mentality. The blurbs on the cover of the novel scream "Spellbinding superb" (The Washington Post), "Dibdin, whose prose is as startling [...]

    6. There are a number of police detective novels set in Italy, and all contain some element of social comment on the day to day bizzareness of Italian life. Michael Dibdin began this book with a chapter that has to be the funniest story about a short trip by freight train ever written, which at the same explains a lot about Sicily, and why,even by Italian standards, the triangular island is very strange.In justice, the story is only so-so thereafter, and includes some fairly meandering elements, wh [...]

    7. How much I appreciate the craziness of Aurelio Zen! His wild intuitive nature is on full display in 'Blood Rain'. I absolutely loved this book, despite all the difficult events that occurred. Michael Dibdin is (or, sadly, was) a writing wizard, conjuring the city of Catania up around me with his perfectly chosen words. I've never been there but the images of the volcanic rock, the dark buildings have stayed with me as a memory.The story is deeply felt and passionately told. Zen goes right out on [...]

    8. Some interesting characters and local color. But as my father used to say about a certain Shakespeare play, "The king dies, the queen dies, Ham dies. I calls it a helluva play." It's funny how you can read a book nearly all the way through thinking you are going to recommend this one to friends, and on the last page you change your mind. That is especially true of mysteries. I have learned not to recommend anything before I have read the whole book.

    9. This, the seventh in the Aurelio Zen series, is my personal favourite (of the 8 I have read - Medusa yet to come).This one has reasonably complex plotting and at first it was a little difficult to decide whether to try to keep track of which mafia group was which. In the end, I just let it flow, and it did come together in the end.Like with most of the characters in a Zen novel, you can never be sure to what extent anyone (including Zan!) is a 'goodie' or a 'baddie'. There are precarious few 'go [...]

    10. This book was the first in the Aurelio Zen series that I have read & perhaps that is why I did not enjoy it as much as other readers; I was never able to connect with the character. The "daughter" seems to come out of nowhere and leaves with even less fanfare. Not sure if I'll read another of Mr. Dibdin's books.

    11. Felt this was the best in the series so far, less convoluted, relatively fewer characters to keep track of, less about the locale than the people.

    12. The seventh Zen, but my first. There's a certain ennui to Zen the man. He enters into and exits from many suspenseful events. Cliffhanger ending.

    13. As a train-enthusiast, it is a bonus to find Michael Dibdin's seventh Aurelio Zen novel opening with a railway puzzle. Zen wonders what, exactly, constitutes a goods-train that travels over a number of days from Palermo to Catania in Sicily, with a detour on inland tracks and including a delay while paperwork is sorted out, all the while picking up and dropping trucks, one of which, apparently, ends up separated from the others on a siding outside of Catania. The locked truck contains a body, wh [...]

    14. avadhutrecommends.wordpress/Inspector Montalbano piqued my interest in Italian crime series. I started looking for good Italian mysteries and the name that kept cropping up at every corner was Aurelio Zen by Michael Dibdin. So, I jumped into middle of the series with Blood Rain. Right from beginning, I took a liking to the book. Dibdin writes in that half cynical, half-mocking style that is my favourite. Zen is cast from the same mould as my other favourite detectives, cynical with a wry sense o [...]

    15. two nights, seemed interesting but kills off main characters just a tad too quickly for my tasterhaps they were in previous books? Daughter and ersastz lesbian lover. were interesting characters who I wanted to know more about.

    16. * * 1/2In this installment of the Aurelio Zen series, Zen is sent to Sicily on assignment as a "liaison officer" (read as "spy") with the anti-Mafia squad. His job is to report back to Rome on the squad's morale and any signs of discontent. In the meantime, he is also getting to know his adopted daughter, Carla, who works as a computer technician for a company that is bringing the anti-Mafia squad online (or as Dibdin charmingly writes, "on-line") with its own little intranet. Somehow Carla ends [...]

    17. Blood Rain is a novel in Michael Dibdin's Aurelio Zen mystery series, this time taking place in Sicily. Zen is sent there essentially to spy on the activities of an anti-Mafia squad, an elite corps that may be working without proper authorization in certain circumstances. Once there, he finds himself caught between several different groups of law enforcement officers and those on the other side of the law. His adopted daughter Carla is also in Sicily, assigned to install a new, integrated comput [...]

    18. One of the great things about Dibdin's books is the fact that he sends Zen to a different Italian cityin each book - Perugia in Ratking, Sardinia in Vendetta, the Vatican in Cabal, Venice in Dead Lagoon and Naples in Cosi Fan Tutti. The history, politics and atmosphere of each is wonderfully laid out. The descriptive writing manages to be both spare and evocative, and Zen's combination of cynicism and reluctant bravery is unforgettable.Now the dreaded assignment to Sicily has finally come, in sp [...]

    19. Aurelio Zen is assigned to Catalina in Sicily, Italy. The assignment location no one wants. The land of the Mafia and assassinations. His 'daughter' is also there for a short time installing a computer system for the local judicial offices. Predictably Zen's daughter is assassinated along with a judge she is traveling with. A little too tidy that Dibdin confirms in the previous book she is actually not Zen's daughter, but Zen lets her think this despite the blood test to the contrary. Zen's moth [...]

    20. Northern Italians (such as Aurelio Zen) and Sicilians are as much of a culture clash as Israelis and Palestinians, and Zen is posted to Catania, where he languishes and bemoans that everything is doused with the unbearable, ubiquitous red sauce. His refined palate suffers, as does he himself, while be works to untangle the mysterious was that the local mafiosi communicate. Of course he accomplishes enough to get himself removed from even that posting in the end, but what a method! And what a cli [...]

    21. Didn't like this one either.From cover:"Despite his best efforts to please everyone and keep out of trouble, the veteran Italian Criminalpol officer Aurelio Zen has made more enemies than friends over the years. Now it's payoff time. After his last case, amid the gentle hills and lush vineyards of Piedmont, Zen finally receives the order he has been dreading all his professional life: his next posting is to Sicily, heart of the Mafia's power.The gruesome discovery of an unidentified, decomposed [...]

    22. I come away from reading these books feeling that I have some insight into italian culture and daily life - they are super. What a great pity there will be no more to look forward to once I have finished this series. I am savouring these books just as I do the Shardlake series. I have also revised my view of the Euro - what a great pity we dont have Lire, Francs, Marks, Pasetas and all the other 'lost' financial representations of European culture. Why did we ever believe we could become unify s [...]

    23. Dibdin continues Zen's peregrinations across Italy with a posting in Sicily in this novel. I definitely liked the noticeably darker tone and look forward to reading further in the series. That said, we have seen and read so much about the Mafia over the last 40 years that it's hard to feel that the villains in Blood Rain aren't rather thin. And while in some ways Zen solves the mystery, the book also ends with a cliffhanger. I will be interested to see if the next book in the series continues th [...]

    24. Another impulse check-out from the library (see my comments on The Last Page) and another hopefully entertaining distraction for the ride to work (see my comments on Halo: Ghosts of Onyx. 8 CDs).Plus it's read by Michael Kitchen.__________________________________Even with Kitchen's narration, I just couldn't get into this book.

    25. The story was fine, save the magical bits. Character development was exceedingly lame - Zen loses two people in his life and he seems relatively unaffected. One paragraph about getting rid of someone's personal effects was hard. That's it. A note about the audio version: I heard Michael Kitchens (Detective Foyle) read the book. He is extremely clear and precise, good differenation between characters, but without emotion. He uses the same voice to describe a car as he does a gun fight. Maybe neit [...]

    26. I watched some of the series with Rufus Sewell as Zen and found it rich in setting and character but baffling. This book had a similar effect. I enjoyed his writing and some of the vignettes such as the Mafiosi ruled by the knitting Grandma and the ferry tourist passengers with the Glaswegian Italian speaker were very entertaining but the plot was more obscure. Zen seems to have little importance even in his own estimation and generally seems to just blunder about.

    27. This book took me to Sicily and I had a good time. The author did a lot of homework. Mafia story. The whole book happens in the last 50 pages. Not that the other 200 plus pages aren't interesting, but you don't get involved in the plot much until then because you don't have enough dots to connect. Blood rain is red sand that blows out of Africa into Rome (and elsewhere, i guess). Currently, I don't have other Mafia-type books to compare this with.

    28. My wife read this one before me, and commented that it was the goriest. I responded, "Is it set in Sicily?" and she laughed, for it is. Dibdin continues to play with both international and Italian stereotypes about the people of the different regions of Italy. So, we get lots of gore, meetings of powerful men, family feuds and so forth, but we also get a sense of the odd foreignness, to most Italians, of Sicily and Sicilians. I like this series.

    29. This Aurelio Zen mystery takes place in Catania, in Sicily, where several Mafia clans are involved. It begins with a dead man in a railway car. Zen's daughter, who isn't really his daughter, is caught in the interplay between rival clans. She was working installing a computer system for the AntiMafia pool and has discovered someone breaking into the system and has been befriended by a female judge. Zen finally figures out all.

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