The thrilling new Aurelio Zen mystery from the bestselling author of Medusa
In Gold Dagger-winner Dibdin's fine 10th Aurelio Zen mystery (after 2004's Mesuda), the neurotic ace detective investigates the murder of Bologna millionaire entrepreneur Lorenzo Curti, who was found in his Audi impaled on a Parmesan cheese knife. Curti was not only the owner of Bologna's immensely popular football club but also part of a shady dairy conglomerate suspected of tax evasion. Meanwhile, bumbling PI Tony Speranza checks on the activities of Vincenzo Amadori, a high-flying socialite and soccer fan, whose prominent parents fret about his off-hours activities. In a comical subplot, Amadori's roommate, Rodolfo, a semiotics student, feuds with Edgardo Ugo ("Professor Ego" to his students), who's embroiled in a public cook-off contest with "Lo Chef," the star of a TV food show. This lively escapade casts modern Italy's many social and political problems in an amusing but realistic light. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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September 18, 2006
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Excerpt from Back to Bologna by Michael Dibdin
'Someone should kill him.'
Bruno didn't reply.
'Well, I don't actually mean that, of course,' Nando went on.
'As in a knife through the heart.'
'You were speaking allegorically.'
'Er ' yes.'
'My client's intention in allegedly uttering the phrase "Someone should kill him" was entirely euphemistic, not to say parabolic.'
'Right. It's just that if the smarmy bastard should happen to drop dead ' '
'Which God forbid.'
' ' then that would solve all our problems.'
'Says who The next one could be even worse.'
'Worse than Curti You must be joking.'
'Plus you're assuming that anyone in his right mind would be prepared to buy a club where half the players are on a loan or time-share deal with other teams, and the rest will be sold off at the end of the season to meet the budgetary shortfall. It would take years, not to mention very deep pockets, to turn i rossobl ' around.'
'All right, so hold the heart attack, cancel the stroke. Now what One more season like this and I'll ' '
Nando broke off as the car's headlights picked out an amazing pair of black legs displayed up to the white silk triangle of the crotch.
'Keep your eyes on the road,' Bruno grunted sourly.