End Games (Paperback)
When an advance scout for an American film company disappears, Aurelio Zen's most recent assignment in remote Calabria becomes anything but routine. Despite a savage attack that has scared the locals silent, Zen is determined to expose the truth. To make matters more complicated, a group of dangerous strangers, led by a rich, single-minded American have arrived to uncover another local mystery—buried treasure—and they will stop at nothing to achieve their goal. What ensues is a fiendishly suspenseful case that only Aurelio Zen could stumble into and only Michael Dibdin could have created: a wild thriller that takes us deep into a remote region of Italy and the darkest corners of human nature.
About the Author
Born in England, Michael Dibdin attended schools in Scotland and Ireland, and after earning a B.A. at the University of Sussex went on to complete an M.A. in English Literature at the University of Alberta. He then spent four years in Italy teaching at the University of Perugia. In 1988, Dibdin introduced the Italian cop Aurelio Zen in Ratking, which won the Gold Dagger award in the same year, and in 1994, he won France's Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere for the third novel in the Zen series, Cabal. Dibdin reviews regularly for the "Independent on Sunday" and lives in Seattle with his third wife, Kathrine Beck, also a mystery writer. The Aurelio Zen series is translated into sixteen languages (including Italian).He died in 2007.
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“Brims with clever reveals, elegant imagery, elaborate word play, violent shocks, refined and ribald jokes. . . . Something different from the ordinary detective story.”—The Wall Street Journal “A sterling example of why both Dibdin and Zen will be sorely missed on the crime fiction front.”—The Boston Globe “Clever and exuberantly witty. . . . Captures . . . the Italian national character in all its unruly glory.”—The New York Times “A terrific stylist, prolific and protean. . . . The story is a fitting conclusion to a career that ended too soon.”—The Seattle Times