Friday, December 05, 2014

Friday's Forgotten Books, Friday, December 5, 2014

                                                    VENDETTA, Michael Dibdin

This is the second in the series (1990) concerning the police work of Aurelio Zen. Inspector Zen is one of the more sophisticated cops and the Italian settings in this series always wowed me.
In VENDETTA, Zen investigates the assassination of a millionaire and all of his his guests at a posh location in the Sardinian mountains. Despite a sophisticated security system, no pictures of the intruders exists. A lot of pressure comes from Zen's higher-ups to solve this high-profile, seemingly locked room, type murder.

I like this series a lot. Michael Dibdin died far too young. 

Sergio Angelini, THE RIVERSIDE VILLA'S MURDERS, Kingsley Amis
Bill Crider, 13 ABOVE THE NIGHT, Groff Conklin, editor
Martin Edwards, BIRTHDAY PARTY, C.H.B. Kitchin
Curt Evans, I SAW IT WITH MY OWN EYES, Henry Cecil
Rick Horton, PLANET PATROL, Sonya Dorman
Randy Johnson, TOTALLY DEAD- A STREET THRILLER, Michael Stone
George Kelley, A COSMIC CHRISTMAS. ed. Hank Davis
Margot Kinberg, Friedrich Glauser, THUMBPRINT
B.F. Lawson, THE BULRUSH MURDERS, Rebecca Rothenberg
Evan Lewis, RACE WILLIAMS: TOO DEAD TO PAY, Carroll John Daly
Steve Lewis, TO KEEP OR TO KILL, Wilson Tucker
J.F. Norris, LAURA, Vera Caspary
James Reasoner, BAT-WING, FIRE-TONGUE, Sax Rohmer
Richard Robinson, TALES FROM THE HIGH HALLACK, Volume 1 by Andre Norton
Gerard Saylor, LITTLE GREEN, Walter Mosley
Ron Sheer, THE HONYOCKER, Giles A. Lutz
Kevin Tipple/Barry Ergang, AS TOUGH AS THEY COME, ed. Will Oursler
Prashant Trikannad, HOSTAGE FOR A HOOD, Lionel White


Al Tucher said...

Yes to Aurelio Zen! I read them all, but I need to revisit the series.

I also liked DIRTY TRICKS, a deliciously nasty stand-alone.

Charles Gramlich said...

Haven't read any Dibdin. Need to check it out.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Patti, Michael Dibdin is new to me and I'll check out his books. Thanks for all the links.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I think you will like them, Prashant.

pattinase (abbott) said...

The TV series didn't work out, I guess. I only remember one episode.

Anonymous said...

We tried the television series too but didn't care for the one episode so gave up. I prefer Andrea Camilleri's Sicilian series about Salvo Montalbano and have several DVDs of the Italian television series.

Jeff M.

J F Norris said...

Finally done, Patti. Spent too much time finding the right scans to illustrate this one. Not really a forgotten book but an amazing one I think few people have read.

Laura by Vera Caspary

Kelly Robinson said...

One of my goals for the upcoming year is to take the time to write up reviews more consistently for FFB. In the meantime, I still read the posts diligently! I appreciate y'all.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Always glad to have you, Kelly.

Anonymous said...

I like the variety here a lot. And thanks, as ever, for including my post!

Cap'n Bob said...

I soured on him when he made disparaging remarks about fans after a Bouchercon.

pattinase (abbott) said...

That ruined Ruth Rendell for me!