A Long Finish
An Aurelio Zen Mystery
By Michael Dibdin
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375704017, 272pp.)
Publication Date: February 29, 2000
Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc
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From the award-winning author of Ratking and Dead Lagoon comes a delicious new Aurelio Zen mystery in which wine and truffles figure as prominently as greed and vengence.
When the son of a Piedmontese wine-making family is jailed for killing his father, Aurelio Zen is ordered to secure his release. The reason: A certain well-connected wine connoisseur wants to make sure that this year's vintage goes to harvest.
In the hill town of Alba, Zen finds himself in the midst of a traditional culture in which family and soil are inextricablt linked, bombarded with gossip, and stalked by a mysterious telephone caller with tantalizing clues to his past. He also discovers that certain meals may really be to die for. A Long Finish is Michael Dibdin at his most elegant and surprising.
Michael Dibdin was born in England and raised in Northern Ireland. He attended Sussex University and the University of Alberta in Canada. He spent five years in Perugia, Italy, where he taught English at the local university. He went on to live in Oxford, England and Seattle, Washington. He was the author of eighteen novels, eleven of them in the popular Aurelio Zen series, including Ratking, which won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger, and Cabal, which was awarded the French Grand Prix du Roman Policier. His work has been translated into eighteen languages. He died in 2007.
"Dibdin belongs to that hierarchy of innovative stylists who make it a point of honor never to repeat a single trick." --The New York Times Book Review
"Dibdin has an ear for prose that is rare in the crime genre....[a] soaring imagination." --Washington Times
"[Dibdin's] work deserves comparison with such . . . giants as Raymond Chandler." --The Portland Oregonian