Dead Lagoon

Dead Lagoon When the man in white appeared blocking his path Giacomo felt a brief surge of relief at the thought that he was no longer alone Then he remembered where he was and terror rose in his throat like v

  • Title: Dead Lagoon
  • Author: Michael Dibdin
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  • Page: 478
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  • When the man in white appeared, blocking his path, Giacomo felt a brief surge of relief at the thought that he was no longer alone Then he remembered where he was, and terror rose in his throat like vomit Aurelio Zen returns to his native Venice to investigate the disappearance of a rich American resident but he soon learns that, amid the hazy light and shifting watersWhen the man in white appeared, blocking his path, Giacomo felt a brief surge of relief at the thought that he was no longer alone Then he remembered where he was, and terror rose in his throat like vomit.Aurelio Zen returns to his native Venice to investigate the disappearance of a rich American resident but he soon learns that, amid the hazy light and shifting waters of the lagoon, nothing is what it seems As he is drawn deeper into the ambiguous mysteries surrounding the discovery of a skeletal corpse on an ossuary island in the north lagoon, he is also forced to confront a series of disturbing revelations about his own life.If you enjoyed the Inspector Zen Mystery series you may also like The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, another crime novel by Michael Dibdin.

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    1. When he awoke again the room was filled with an astringent brilliance which made him blink, an abrasive slapping of wavelets and the edgy scent which had surprised him the moment he stepped out of the train. He had forgotten even the most obvious things about the place, like the pervasive risky odour of the sea.Detective Aurelio Zen, possessed of pockets too empty to afford his expensive new mistress, has picked up a little sidework requiring a return to his native Venice. The family of a missin [...]

    2. I read this again recently, while mourning Dibden's untimely death. It really is one of his best; the story is complex, sometimes stultifying, full of corruption, age and complexity and yet, under it all, a human being with human frailties trying to run away from his problems - something most people can relate to.Venice comes off badly - her politicians are venal, her police incompetent, her streets filty, and yet anybody who reads this book will want to visit! Aurelio Zen doesn't do well either [...]

    3. At first I was entranced! An intriguing mystery, some excellent figurative language, and even an unusual setting: Venice, Italy. Then, despite the fact that I'd already gotten pulled into this world, I felt myself starting to say "Enough already with the description of the unique aspects of the city" It seemed Dibdin got himself so snared up in that that he forgot to develop his plot! One section where the hero was chasing his old friend through Venice seemed completely gratuitous, as did much o [...]

    4. Interesting and frustrating. The story is a little loose, a little unstructured for my taste. The crazy lady is the best character. I really despised Aurelio Zen by the end of this book, but fortunately I got the feeling that he despised himself at the end of this book. This is the only one I've read and it is unusual because it's set in Venice (Zen's hometown). There's a lot of the 'prophet without honor in his hometown' feel to this one, but I can't help feeling that Aurelio's asking, begging [...]

    5. This fourth book in the Aurelio Zen series started off slower than the previous books in the series for me. However, by the end I was glued to the page. Zen's manuevers between doing honest police work and surviving the official bureaucratic politics were up to his usual standards but there is a bit more about his personal life & past which surface both in Zen's reminiscences & in revelations from people who knew him & his family when they lived in Venice. Zen also exhibits some dist [...]

    6. 3.5 starsCurrently re-reading this series, and loving every minute of it. I'd forgotten how laugh-out-loud some of the metaphors used in Dead Lagoon were, and although the story isn't as much of a page-turner as others in the series, I'm still a fan.

    7. Michael Dibdin’s Dead Lagoon is novel. For one thing, it takes place in Venice and immerses the reader in a culture very different from our own. Secondly, its hero, Aurelio Zen, is not your ordinary cop. He’s a member of the Criminalpol, Italy’s elite investigative unit. The country is a quagmire of corruption and political intrigue. Zen, normally based in Rome, finds an excuse to look into the case of an old family friend who claims to having been attacked by mysterious apparitions. His r [...]

    8. DEAD LAGOON. (1994). Michael Dibdin. ***.This is an Aurelio Zen mystery, but Zen has taken himself off to Venice instead of sleuthing in Rome. The first third of the book is an extremely slow read. At about the time the story really got started, I was about to quit, when the pace picked up. It is still one of the slower novels – not characteristic of Dibdin’s writings. It certainly provides a picture of Venice that is very different from that that the average tourist takes away. If you are n [...]

    9. DEAD LAGOON is the fourth in 12 Aurelio Zen novels written by the late Michael Dibdin. This is my first venture into his series since I just happened to have this book procured from a bargain book sale. FANTASTIC!!! How did I not discover this series sooner, especially since it takes place in Italy, one of my favorite places--and cuisine! Dibdin is an excellent writer in drawing out the characters and the action. In this book, his hero Zen returns to his native Venice to investigate the disappea [...]

    10. This book really is an argument for the stance that you can never go home again! Aurelio is back in his home town of Venice on his own reconnaissance to earn extra cash to support his girl-friend Tania who has just been evicted. He has been hired by an American family to find out what happened to their relative who disappeared three months before from an ‘octogona” a fortified island in the dead Lagoon. He decides to use a case iinvolving an old friend of his mother as a screen for his retur [...]

    11. Misty, mysterious Venice is always a favourite "character", whether it be in fiction or biography. Venice does not give up its secrets easily, and Dibdin is a master at ensuring the tension builds and the plot is assisted through location. He is equally adept at characterisation - the restless, driven Zen, who confronts several ethical dilemmas along the way, and several of the supporting "cast" , all of whom come to life and populate the setting magnificently.The story itself is intriguing, wit [...]

    12. PROTAGONIST: Aurelio ZenSETTING: VeniceSERIES: #4 of 11RATING: 3.25WHY: Aurelio Zen, a detective in Rome, has manufactured a reason to travel to Venice, the home of his birth. He is viewed with suspicion by his peers there, as the case he chooses to investigate is dubious at best involving an old, possibly insane, woman seeing ghosts. In reality he is trying to find out what happened to an American who disappeared, a private job for which he is being paid well. Dibdin draws a detailed (for me, t [...]

    13. Zen fulfills the all cops are bastards axiom and 'solves' three bizarre mysteries that border on gothic horror. The ending was not a twist which in this genre and the way this story builds was a surprise that questions: what is justice? Dibdin is also saying something about politics, about centripetal forces within the European Union, but he says it in a very personal (Is anyone ever really 'home'?) and moving way. Published while the war in Bosnia was still going, Dibdin is able to make compari [...]

    14. Though I enjoyed reading a book set in Venice, especially after recently visiting there, I was disappointed in the end when I found that the book just seemed to drag forever. It’s a pity. Michael Dibdin wrote very evocatively at times. If only it was combined with a slightly faster pace.

    15. It’s taken over 15 centuries for humans to build up and subsequently cause the demise of Venice. Its remaining life is short. Although current residents struggle to preserve its historic buildings and waterways from the ravages of erosion, pollution, and water quality, the magnificence that once surrounded the Venetians is disintegrating. Michael Dibdin uses this world of foul water and crumbling infrastructure as backdrop for his eerie crime novel “Dead Lagoon.”Aurelio Zen, an intrepid It [...]

    16. This is the fourth in the series featuring Italian detective Aurelio Zen. Zen comes from Venice and in this novel returns to his native city on a pretext, the real reason being to investigate in a private capacity the death of an American citizen named Durridge. He is short of money and stands to earn quite a lot if he can shed light on the case.The book is well constructed, with two main narratives intertwined. There is a great deal of description of the various districts of Venice though, sinc [...]

    17. Zen proves that you can't go home again when his return to Venice goes wrong in several different ways. He needs money to find a larger place so that he, his mother and Tania can live together. Or at least that's the plan. He has an opportunity to take on a private project, working on behalf of the family of a wealthy American who disappeared from his Venice home months age. The family wants to know if he is living or dead and what happened. In order to take on this job, Zen needs a genuine Vene [...]

    18. Dead Lagoon is the fourth in the Aurelio Zen series by Michael Dibdin; this time, Zen is seconded to his home city of Venice, ostensibly to look into the apparent harassment of a somewhat demented contessa who is being plagued by ghosts, but really because he has been hired by the family of an American millionaire who went missing while living in Venice. The city of his childhood and youth is both familiar and utterly strange to him now, but his essential Venetian soul soon reorients him to his [...]

    19. Aurelio Zen, his name is a poem. As depicted in Michael Dibdin’s series, Zen is a tortured perfectionist in search of justice. Elusive justice. His thin figure twists through a corrupt system seeking balance, but rarely finding it. Occasionally this happens unexpectedly, as a by product of his often heroic efforts. Zen puts maximum effort into his work, he is obsessed with truth, a truth that nearly always turns out to be painful.So, this is NOT a cosy detective series. ‘Dead Lagoon’ the f [...]

    20. This procedural features the gloomy Italian detective Aurelio Zen returning to his home town of Venice. The strength of the book is the atmosphere with misty rain falling on the canals and the pungent smell of the city acting as a metaphor for the story the author tells. Venice itself becomes the most convincing character in the book -- mysterious, slippery, elusive, worldly, never quite what it seems and rotten to the core.Zen himself chain-smokes his way through the book. Call me small-minded [...]

    21. Watching Aurelio Zen move around Rome on PBS’s mystery series prompted me to read Dibdin. I have to say the book character is not as sexy as the TV guy, but he is still a complex detective that captures the reader’s interest. What makes him unique is he isn’t the rebellious anit-hero, but he is more nuanced by keeping his integrity and moving in gray areas of Italian power players to solve crimes and simultaneously insulate himself from retribution. In this mystery, he is secretively hired [...]

    22. Police inspector Aurelio Zen returns to his hometown of Venice to investigate a closed case as a favor for his American former girlfriend--and with the hope of a little personal financial gain for his efforts. But he has to conduct this investigation without the Venice police knowing what he is doing. To conceal this side investigation, he picks a case no one really wants or believes can be solved. But his time in Venice gets tangled with family history, old relationships and local politics. Zen [...]

    23. I read this while sick, in audiobook format, so the whole experience was a depressing slog through one man's mid-life crisis from beginning to end. I couldn't help but think how much of a fool Zen was at several points, MOST particularly with the new woman in his life - what an ego the man has! It made me retch every time they met. The ending was utterly heartbreaking, but also incomprehensible - why would Tomasso kill himself? Was politics literally the only thing in his life? It was a bit of a [...]

    24. Aurelio Zen returns to his native Venice. His cover story is that he's investigating the weird happenings of his mother's friend, the "Contessa". But in reality, Zen is there to line his pockets with the money the kidnapped American's paying him to find out exactly what has happened to the missing man.Zen arrives in Venice when the politics of the city is up for grabs. A new political movement is underway and the men behind the movement are shadowy figures. Corrupt, yes like all of the Italian o [...]

    25. Dibdinin kirjassaan kuvaama Venetsia on kaukana postikortista. Kylmyyttä hohkava talvinen, sumuinen kaupunki luo todentuntuisen kulissin tarinalle, joka on Aurelio Zen -sarjan teoksista kyynisin ja luotaantyöntävin, mutta samalla tyylikkäästi koukuttava.Aurelio Zen palaa lapsuutensa kaupunkiin ja pyrkii elämään, kuten 90-luvun järkevän italialaispoliisin kuuluu: olla puuttumatta rikoksiin, jottei aiheuttaisi itselleen ongelmia. Oman suvun luurangot kolisevat kuitenkin kaapissa siihen m [...]

    26. I haven’t really read much crime fiction so I don’t have a lot to compare this book to, but I did enjoy it. I came to Aurelio Zen from the recent BBC TV series. I enjoy crime on TV so I thought I might as well try it in book form. Apparently the Zen in the books is supposed to be more old and crumpled than Rufus Sewell on TV, but I imagined him as I read and it certainly fitted the text. I got a bit confused trying to remember all the different Italian names but overall that didn’t spoil m [...]

    27. It is difficult to write about this book. On one hand, I enjoyed the complexity of the plot and the setting in Venice. There was a flavor to it that transported the reader and gave insight into the workings of systems in that country. However (and it is a big however), I got tired of the main character. It is "the thing" these days to have a flawed main character -- however, those flaws often contribute to his "style" and even aid in the solving of a crime or the way he/she approaches a puzzle. [...]

    28. This takes place in the same Venice of Leon's Brunetti, but what a difference! Dibdin's description of the post mani puliti Italy is as bleak as a foggy winter night in Aresnale.I've never read Dibdin's books before: he's got the gift for this genre. For example:Anxious to dispel this paralyzing sense of hopelessness, Zen dressed rapidly and set out for the Questura on foot without even pausing to broach the packet of coffee he had bought the day before. The day was established by now, but the l [...]

    29. Rather enjoyable. I really liked the skillfully painted picture of a modern, decaying Venice, conflicted about its glorious past and current status as tourist trap, outside of the political centers of the unified Italy. And Aurelio Zen is a good reminder that a hard-boiled noir-style detective, middle-aged and alone, doesn't have to be tragic and sympathetic (a heroic anti-hero). He might just be a not particularly nice person, without too many social skills, or too much concern for how his acti [...]

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