Così Fan Tutti: An Aurelio Zen Mystery

Front Cover
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, Jun 1, 1998 - Fiction - 247 pages
0 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...

What people are saying - Write a review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Aurelio Zen (Dead Lagoon, 1995, etc.) has bailed out of the Rome Questura one jump ahead of a hardship posting, preempting his inevitable exile by requesting assignment to the port detachment at ... Read full review

Così fan tutti: an Aurelio Zen mystery

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Assigned to Naples, policeman Aurelio Zen takes time to assist a local wealthy widow: he refuses to let her daughters marry their supposedly Mafia-connected fiances. Soon involved in a case of murder ... Read full review


La scena si finge in Napoli
La causa à aimere
Bella vita irmfiluitair
Tutti due fan ben la loro parte
Amico Don Alfonso
Due delinquenti
Senza amor non senza amanti
Un uom nascosto
Stelle un bacio?
Possibil non par
Bisogna consolarle
Che loco è questo?
Cor di femmina
Un ladroncello
Che strepito
Questa è costanza

Parla un linguaggio che non sappiamo
Soldati donore
I due creduli sposi
Un poco di sospetto
Troppo vero
Come? Perchfè? Quando? In qual modo?
Sulla stirada
Due bizzarre ragazze
Che figure interessanti
Sogno o son desto?
Cara semplicità quanto mi piaci
Passi subito
La sorte incolpa
Le cose che han fatto
Deve sia nessun lo sa
Una donna che non vall due soldi
Qualche cosa di nuovo
Vi par ma non è ver
Bisogna pigliarlo
Mi confondo mi vergogno
Un disperato affetto
Tanti linguaggi
Siete dossa e di carne o cosa siete?
Eccoci alla gran crisi
Che sembianze Che vestiti?
Oh bella improvvisata
All concertato loco
Cose note cose note
La porta dellinferno
Dove son?
Non mi fate più fare triste figura
Forme giudiziarie
Authors Note

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