Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. When he did return to write about Zen, his detective remained enigmatic. It is a great book, however the plotting is a bit slow and dense, but it is worth the commitment. I seriously hoped that I will like this book much more. His death in followed a short illness. Also, in this book, Dibdin’s prose isn’t as tight as in some of his other works. I wanted to write a book about my experiences there because writers like to use their experience: And the human travail?

His death in followed a short illness. Sometimes he is so full of anger. I half expected Donna Leon’s Commissario Brunetti to come strollign along the corridor! This article does not cite any sources. At first I was entranced! Such is the case with “Dead Lagoon”: Zen goes to Venice to solve the crime of what happened to a rich American who disappeared there. Dibdin got back on form with A Long Finish , in which Zen was willing to do anything to avoid being sent to Sicily – even if that meant arranging for the release of a Piedmontese wine expert accused of murdering his own father so that that year’s vintage wasn’t ruined.

Zen returns to his native Venice. Mar 04, Alison C rated it liked it. I think just describing dihdin would be better since he allows us to do much of the novel’s heavy-lifting anyway.

In reality he is trying to find out what happened to an American who disappeared, a private read for which he is being paid well. Zen goes to Venice to solve the crime of what happened to a rich American who disappeared there.

Dead Lagoon (Aurelio Zen, #4) by Michael Dibdin

He lived in Seattle. It will likely turn you off. And Aurelio thinking he is in love with her after three or four meetings? He had forgotten even the most obvious things about the place, like the pervasive risky odour of the sea.

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Dead Lagoon In the fourth book of the Aurelio Zen series, Zen has returned to his birthplace, Venice. Also, I find him a bit distant, I have no real insight into his thoughts or feelings, at least not into ones that matter. This procedural features the gloomy Italian detective Aurelio Zen returning to his home town of Venice. Dark Spectre was well-plotted and Dibdin handled the big cast and multiple points of view with panache. Click on a plot link to find similar books!


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These types of turns drive the narrative, although they don’t necessarily provide any sort of the outcome the reader desires. Zen himself chain-smokes his way through the book. Dead Lagoon is a novel by Michael Dibdinand is the fourth entry in the popular Aurelio Zen series. Thoroughly recommended for anyone who enjoys top quality crime fiction. Soon he is up to his ears in sub-plots involving a secret search for a fabulous lost treasure, a Hollywood movie being shot about the apocalyptic final battle of the Book of Revelations, old-fashioned banditry and decades-old conflicts between landowners and peasants.

Aug 23, Alan rated it liked it. It really is one of his best; the story is complex, sometimes stultifying, full of corruption, age and complexity and yet, under it all, a human being with human frailties trying to run away from his problems – something most people can relate to.

Dibdin set Ratking in Perugia, where he had lived for four years, teaching English language at the university. When he wrote of the rats which are seen around the canals as the tide recedes and even more frequently in the buildings I was reminded of why I wasn’t overly keen on some of it at the time.

I’ve long been a fan of detective novels and particularly of the “police procedurals” type. Read it Forward Read it first. It’s easy to make the duplicitous wife or the charismatic politician into a two dimensional figure but I liked the fact that none of Dibdin’s characters are wholly good or wholly bad. The family needs a body. Zen, of course, along with the intricate Italian world Dibdin has created, is the reason to read the series.

Dead Lagoon Book Summary and Study Guide

He can’t have doors closing against him, or authoritative feathers ruffled, and so he will pretend to be assisting an old family acquaintance; a dotty Venetian dowager convinced she’s being tormented by lagopn apparitions.


Zen is miichael walking down Philip Marlowe’s ‘mean streets’ but the forces ranged against him dea a different, more cunning approach than the tough-guy attitude of the classic US private eye. One politician suggests that ultimately the city will become a Disney theme park with regular shows for visitors.

Trivia About Dead Lagoon Aure Venice is the star of the show; her canals and water taxis, palazzos and cafes, her shuffling old men and hard-charging young politicos – the undercurrent of graft and corruption is as omnipresent as the cobblestone.

Zen proves that you can’t go home again when his return to Venice goes wrong in several different ways. The result is a mystery rich in character and deduction, and intensely informed about the history, politics, and manners of its Venetian setting. To view it, click here. Dibdin’s novels have been translated into 18 languages and will endure. There are actually many different sub-plots, tied a little awkwardly together, but I never got very involved in any of them.

He spent five years in Perugia, Italy, where he taught English at the local university. He also falls in love and considers relocating to Venice permanently. I did find myself following Zen as he moved around the city.

Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. Maybe he’s less of a jerk in Rome.


Venice does not give up its secrets easily, and Dibdin is a master at ensuring the tension builds and the plot is assisted through location. The plots interweave and nothing gets resolved satisfactorily. The lagoon is being poisoned by the industries situated in and around Mestre on the mainland. This is my first venture into his series since I just happened to have this book procured from a bargain book sale.

Oct 26, Annabelle rated it really liked it. Please try again later. The picture of Venice is unremittingly gloomy, filthy, disintegrating, corrupt and morally bankrupt. Paperbackpages.

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