Friday, April 1, 2016

Book beginnings, Vendetta by Michael Dibdin


I am participating in Book beginnings where we list the first sentence or two from a book we are reading. I am reading Vendetta by Michael Dibdin, the second Aurelio Zen police novel.
"Aurelio Zen lounged on the sofa like a listless god, bringing the dead back to life. With a flick of his finger he made them rise again."
Zen is a police detective who works in Rome, and he could be a cousin to the wonderful fictional detectives Brunetti who is a detective in Venice and Montalbano who works in Sicily. Those two detectives star in two series I also enjoy. Zen has a difficult time at work, especially after his promotion. The man who wanted the promotion is out to get him. Meanwhile a dangerous man picks the lock on Zen's apartment and leaves him threats there, while Zen's mother with dementia is alone in the apartment. Zen just wants to do his job and catch criminals, not always easy in Rome. Half way through Vendetta Zen is sent to Sardinia to investigate a related crime there.
I am linking to Rose City Reader
Since Dibdin is a writer new to me this year I am also linking to New to me authors

12 comments:

shortybear said...

interesting.

donna baker said...

That sounds interesting. When I went to Rome, we were warned not to take the pickpocket express, a bus line that is widely used. Seems like there are many in Rome. At the train station, I saw wallets lying about. All said, I just loved Rome.

Heather Fineisen said...

I love the character's name! Sounds like a good one.

Sam I Am...... said...

Sounds interesting! But now I'm worried about his mother! LOL!

Sandra said...

this sounds like a book I would like to read.

Maria said...

This does sound interesting - not sure it's something for me but I hope you enjoy it a lot = here's my Friday meme

Carol Z said...

I think I'd enjoy this. Always on the lookout for new mysteries.

Vagabonde said...

I need to read this author as I am a fan of Donna Leon and read all her books before going to Venice. Right now I am reading a book by Virginia Cowles – she was a reporter for the Spanish Civil War at the same time as Ernest Hemingway.

Inger said...

Looks interesting. I've never heard of this author.

Teresa Kasner said...

Looks good.. I've been reading a lot lately.. over the last year or two now.. love a good book!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Wandering Wren said...

That is one heck of a good first line!! Note to self must lift my game on how I start my blog posts!
Thank for joining me on my April AtoZ challenge!
Wren x

Bev Bouwer said...

Sounds intriguing. I love a book set in Italy. Here's my Friday Book Shop