Michael Dibdin was born in 1947. He went to school in Northern Ireland, and later to Sussex University and the University of Alberta in Canada. He lives in Seattle.After completing his first novel, The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, in 1978, he spent four years in Italy teaching English at the University of Perugia. His second novel, A Rich Full Death, was published in 1986. It was followed by Ratking in 1988, which won the Gold Dagger Award for the Best Crime Novel of the year and introduced us to his Italian detective - Inspector Aurelio Zen. In 1989 The Tryst was published to great acclaim and was followed by Vendetta in 1990, the second story in the Zen series. Dirty Tricks was published in 1991. Inspector Zen made his third appearance in Cabal, which was published in 1992. The Dying of the Light, an Agatha Christie pastiche, was published in 1993. His fourth Zen novel, Dead Lagoon, was published the follow
The cynical Venetian inspector fears that his employers view his growing older as a liability when, in this seventh, involving Aurelio Zen mystery (after A Long Finish), they assign him to a lowly post within the Interior Ministry of Rome. Sent to Sicily to gather information on the Direzione Investigativa AntiMafia (or DIA, the Anti-Mafia squad), Zen can barely muster the interest to care about his apparent demotion. This case, however, proves to be the aging detective's most dangerous assignment yet, uniting him with a daughter he didn't know he had: Carla Arduini, who's stationed in Sicily as a DIA computer consultant and who proves a comforting companion in the course of Zen's investigation. After the decomposing corpse of a Limina crime-family member is found in an abandoned train car in Catania, Zen learns that Sicilians like to deliver their crucial messages through multi-entendres and murder. No one can be trusted, not even the DIA, and Zen is forced to rely solely on his own instincts, no matter how paranoid he may seem, if he wants to solve more than one murder and live to see the next day. Though Dibdin missteps when he devotes a significant portion of the novel to building and then abruptly dropping a major character, his manifold gifts as a storyteller are in evidence here, affirming his expertise in the genre. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
?As bracing as grappa.... Michael Dibdin is a fine novelist and an excellent mystery writer. "USA Today"