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- Publisher: Faber & Faber Crime
- Format: Paperback | 416 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 198mm x 30mm | 281g
- Publication date: 1 March 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0571271553
- ISBN 13: 9780571271559
- Sales rank: 205,682
When, one dark night in November, Prince Ludovico Ruspanti fell a hundred and fifty feet to his death in the chapel at St. Peter's, Rome, there were a number of questions to be answered. Inspector Aurelio Zen finds that getting the answers isn't easy, as witness after witness is mysteriously silenced - by violent death. To crack the secret of the Vatican, Zen must penetrate the most secret place of all: the Cabal.
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Michael Dibdin lived in Italy for many years and had 11 Zen books published which continue to entertain readers around the world. He died in 2007. His novels won many awards including the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger for Ratking.
"Beautifully written. . . . An excellent thriller." --"The Wall Street Journal""Dibdin has a gift for shocking the unshockable reader." --Ruth Rendell"The kind of wry, sly morality tale only a writer at the top of his game could bring off successfully." --"The Philadelphia Inquirer"
In Cabal, master crime writer Michael Dibdin plunges us into a murky world of church spies, secret societies, cover-ups, and mistaken identities. An apparent suicide in the Vatican may in fact have been a muder conducted by a centuries-old cabal within The Knights of Columbus. A discovery among the medieval manuscripts of the Vatican Library leads to a second death, Zen travels to Milan, where he faces a final, dramatic showdown. Meanwhile, Zen's lover, the tantalizing Tania, is conducting her own covert operations--which could well jeopardize everything Zen has worked for. Richly textured, wickedly entertaining, Cabal taps the mysterious beauty of Italy in a thriller that challenges our beliefs about love, allegiance, history, and power--and the lengths to which we will go to protect them against the truth.