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And then you die

DIBDIN, Michael

Published by Faber & Faber, 2002
ISBN 10: 0571210325 / ISBN 13: 9780571210329
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Title: And then you die

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition EDNT|First Edition.


Signed by Author 0571210325 This hardcover book is Fine, being square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. This copy is signed by the Author on the title page without inscription. Bookseller Inventory # 007212

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Aurelio Zen of Rome's elite Criminalpol is back, but nobody's supposed to know it.

After months in hospital recovering from a bomb attack on his car, he is lying low under a false name at a beach resort on the Tuscan coast, waiting to testify in an imminent anti-Mafia trial.

Zen has clear instructions: to sit back and enjoy the classic Italian beach holiday?relaxing in the sun, eating seafood and engaging in a little mild flirtation with the attractive woman sitting under the next umbrella. But Zen is getting restless, and as an alarming number of people are dropping dead around him, it seems just a matter of time before the Mafia manages to finish the job it bungled months before on a lonely Sicilian road. Abruptly the pleasant monotony of beach life is cut short as Zen finds himself transported to a remote and strange world far from home...and wherever he goes, trouble follows.

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 lived 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. His last novel, End Games, was published posthumously in July 2007.

From the Back Cover: ?Dibdin has an abundance of gifts: bracing wit, the ability to wring unexpected poignance out of dark comedy, and a gift for striking imagery.? ?The Wall Street Journal

?And Then You Die will leave readers with a sly smile and a new appreciation for Dibdin?s versatility. . . . If you haven?t made Aurelio?s acquaintance, this is a great chance to dip your toe in the water.? ?Rocky Mountain News

?[And Then You Die] has an abundance of food, wit and action, with enough mistaken victims falling dead around Zen to put him up there with Peter Sellers in his Pink Panther days.? ?Chicago Tribune

?Dibdin is a charming and amusing prose stylist with a subtle but deeply humorous delivery. . . . A charming novel.? ?San Jose Mercury News

?This is Dibdin?s eighth Zen novel, and none has been better.? ?The Boston Globe

?Dibdin [writes] with his usual arch style of ironic storytelling, offering a graceful tour of Italy?s beachfront pecking order, class tics and age-old pleasures and prejudices.? ?Washington Post Book World

?Michael Dibdin?s texture and detail transport the reader to an Italian beach resort, a prison island, [and] a pub-crawl in Iceland. Aurelio Zen?s finely tuned third eye and inner ear infuse this crime story with mysticism.? ?Charlotte Observer

?Dibdin has created an interesting alternative to the fast-paced, smart-assed, hard-boiled detective genre. His version is full of hidden half-truths, twisted, smiling, power-hungry authorities, and enough smoke and mirrors to keep you guessing?a modern take on the medieval mystery.? ?The Irish Times

?Dibdin is . . . [a] philosopher, methodically and subtly creating a picture of human nature at its most complex yet simplest. . . . The book holds the reader until the end.? ?Ashbury Park Press

?A classic mystery that easily captures the true essence of the crime genre.? ?The Anniston Star

?Dibdin?s trademark humor and dark wit is in good form. . . . An ingenious, over-the-top twist . . . sets the scene.? ?Portsmouth Herald

?The tightly woven style and dark characters echo those of Georges Simenon.? ?Toledo Blade

?Dibdin?s Zen novels effortlessly paint a sharper portrait of Italy than any guidebook, cookbook or academic history. . . . And Then You Die is more meditative than the other Zen thrillers, beautifully crafted and evocative, with the perfect balance of plot and rueful digression.? ?The Guardian (London)

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