And Then You Die

And Then You Die

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  • Paperback | 286 pages
  • ISIS Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New ed of Large print ed
  • 0753166763
  • 9780753166765

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After months of hospital treatment following a bomb attack, presumed to be by the Mafia, Venetian-born Aurelio Zen, of Italy's Interior Ministry, is recuperating under a false name in a quietly fashionable beach resort on the Tuscan coast. By day flirting casually with Gemma, a new acquaintance on a neighbouring sunbed, he is still psychologically disturbed, haunted by strange 'meaningful' dreams. As the story opens he's feeling somewhat aggrieved by the usurpation of his own assigned umbrella and lounger by a man who's - apparently - soundly and peacefully asleep. But he's dead... in the place where Zen should have been; which suggests that Zen was the intended victim, that his cover's been blown, and that it's time to move on - or back. Before he can make a decision he's hastily reclaimed by the Ministry 'for his own safety' and summarily despatched to America where he is in any case due to testify at the trial of a number of notorious mafiosi. He never reaches America. After the death of a man who took Zen's seat on the transatlantic flight, and a diversion to Iceland, where he's attacked in the street by a knife-bearing stranger, he is back in Italy, reunited with Gemma, whom he encounters in unusual circumstances which leave them with a dead body on their hands which must be instantly disposed of - through a hair-raising series of experiences which at times descend into low comedy. Although he's a British writer living in America, Dibdin obviously has a firm grasp of his Italian background. His writing is spare, his style urbane - often satirical. His plots are ingenious, complex and packed with action. He looks on the rapidly changing world with wry amusement and some cynicism. Established aficionados of his novels will instantly pick up on the on-going story; newcomers will have fun spotting the clues, which are liberally, if subtly, provided. (Kirkus UK)show more