- Publisher: Faber & Faber Crime
- Format: Paperback | 512 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 184mm x 40mm | 400g
- Publication date: 1 March 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0571270859
- ISBN 13: 9780571270859
- Sales rank: 78,290
When the man in white appeared, blocking his path, Giacomo felt a brief surge of relief at the thought that he was no longer alone. Then he remembered where he was, and terror rose in his throat like vomit. Aurelio Zen returns to his native Venice to investigate the disappearance of a rich American resident but he soon learns that, amid the hazy light and shifting waters of the lagoon, nothing is what it seems. As he is drawn deeper into the ambiguous mysteries surrounding the discovery of a skeletal corpse on an ossuary island in the north lagoon, he is also forced to confront a series of disturbing revelations about his own life. If you enjoyed the Inspector Zen Mystery series you may also like The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, another crime novel by Michael Dibdin.
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Michael Dibdin was born in 1947, and attended schools in Scotland and Ireland and universities in England and Canada. He is the author of the internationally bestselling Inspector Zen Mystery series. The first novel in the series, Ratking, won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger. Other titles in the series include Medusa, Back to Bologna and End Games. He died in 2007.
"Surprisingly moving . . . a first-rate mystery and a fine novel."--"Washington Post Book World" "Dibdin's plot is as elegantly elaborate as the crisscrossing canals of Venice."--"Newsday" "The author has transcended his own superb craftsmanship by working [two] story lines into a structure of pure steel, and by making it the foundation of a serious study of modern-day Venice."--"The New York Times Book Review" "From the Trade Paperback edition."
Dibdin gives readers a deliciously creepy new novel featuring the urbane and skeptical Aurelio Zen. In this new mystery, Zen returns to his native Venice, searching for a missing American millionaire and encountering an assortment of corpses--including a suspiciously new skeleton that surfaces on the Isle of the Dead. "From the Trade Paperback edition.