Cosi Fan Tutti: An Aurelio Zen Mystery

Front Cover
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, Jun 1, 1998 - Fiction - 247 pages
26 Reviews
Aurelio Zen is in Naples, commanding the lowly harbor detail. It's the first time an outsider has been given this position, but Zen is not just any outsider. He's a Criminalpol operative who works directly out of the Ministry in Rome. But with politics in Rome in flux again, Zen is satisfied with his posting; if nothing else, he's out of Headquarters' sight and mind. "I do not feel the slightest degree of professional involvement or responsibility, " he tells his staff. "Just pretend I'm not here and carry on as you always have done." Which makes them all happy and leaves Zen time for a private life as "Alfonso Zembla" - the name formed in the deaf ear of a wealthy, seductive widow with several reasons for asking Dottor Zembla's help in dissuading her daughters from marrying their possibly Mafia-associated fiances. This Zen might be able to do (his plan involves Neapolitan prostitutes masquerading as Albanian refugees) except for the sudden spate of ominous graffiti, marauding garbage truck crews, officer impersonations, and VIP disappearances he is expected to solve. Which in turn might be possible if Zen weren't being mistaken for the head of Naples' most powerful and feared clan...

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: Cosė Fan Tutti (Aurelio Zen #5)

User Review  - Goodreads

"Everybody in Naples is more or less a gangster, my dear. It's a question of degree." Zen again. Cosė fan tutti (1996) is my fifth novel by Michael Dibdin featuring the unconventional, unpredictable ... Read full review

Review: Cosė Fan Tutti (Aurelio Zen #5)

User Review  - Jack London - Goodreads

This is my first read of a very popular British crime novelist whose hero, Inspector Zen, is a beleaguered Italian police detective who sets out to avoid getting tangled up in one crime but winds up ... Read full review


The setting is supposedly Naples i
Friend Don Alfonso
A man in hiding

12 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1998)

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.

Bibliographic information