Dirty tricks

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Summmit Books, 1991 - Fiction - 241 pages
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A comedy of manners, a mystery thriller, and a sardonic satire whose deliciously unscrupulous narrator claims that everything he did regarding his victims was "market-led," Dirty Tricks is pure entertainment from one of the most inventive writers around. When the nameless narrator embarks upon an affair with Karen, a seemingly vapid P.E. teacher married to a boring accountant, he does not know her fetish is for adultery while her husband is in the room or loitering nearby. But once he finds out, he doesn't care. He has been abroad for twenty years, and since his return to merry old England he's been startlingly uninhibited by morals or a conscience. Which is not only why he eventually gets involved with blackmail, a kidnapping, and two murders, but also how, with hilariously syllogistic logic, he's able to justify his role in all of it.

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User Review  - Tony - Goodreads

DIRTY TRICKS. (1991). Michael Dibdin. ****. This is not an Aurelio Zen novel by this author, but a stand alone book that is full of crime and surprises. Dibdin has a sly sense of humor, much of it on ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

This was my first Dibden novel (I chose a stand-alone, not the first Aurelio Zen, since I didn't want to commit to another series right now), but it certainly won't be my last. DIRTY TRICKS comes ... Read full review


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Michael Dibdin is the author of thirteen previous novels. A native of England, he now lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, the mystery writer Katherine Beck.

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