Cabal Inspector Aurelio Zen is back and facing the biggest mystery of his professional career Drawn into the plots of the Vatican city he becomes certain of one thing that in life the only certainty is dea

  • Title: Cabal
  • Author: Michael Dibdin
  • ISBN: 9780571168330
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback
  • Inspector Aurelio Zen is back and facing the biggest mystery of his professional career Drawn into the plots of the Vatican city, he becomes certain of one thing that in life the only certainty is death Previous Zen books include Ratking.

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    1. Michael Dibdin says:

      Michael Dibdin was born in 1947 He went to school in Northern Ireland, and later to Sussex University and the University of Alberta in Canada He lived in Seattle After completing his first novel, The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, in 1978, he spent four years in Italy teaching English at the University of Perugia His second novel, A Rich Full Death, was published in 1986 It was followed by Ratking in 1988, which won the Gold Dagger Award for the Best Crime Novel of the year and introduced us to his Italian detective Inspector Aurelio Zen.Dibdin was married three times, most recently to the novelist K K Beck His death in 2007 followed a short illness.Series Aurelio Zen

    2 thoughts on “Cabal

    1. "Nothing had changed. Nothing ever would. In sheer frustration he fired his pistol again and again, blasting away as though to punch new stars in the sky."-- Michael Dibdin, CabalDibdin writes tight little Italian mysteries that are blessed with one huge plus -- Aurelio Zen. He seems to be a direct descendent of both Father Brown and Inspector Montalbano (or Philip Marlowe). Zen is an Italian anti-hero detective. A skilled and savvy investigator with a morality that seems at times to be just a b [...]

    2. I keep a cache of books, a sort of metaphorical trunk, filled with works by authors from whom I know precisely what to expect. Not the best stories, not the worst; straight middle-of-the-road fare I can turn to when my mind's gone to gurgling from a surfeit of challenging material. Steven Brust is in that trunk. The latest Dune manifestation. Somebody's something on writing. Dibdin is also in that trunk - one less now of the eleven Aurelio Zen mysteries he released before he died.I was introduce [...]

    3. I've read Dibdin before and thoroughly enjoyed his stories of detective Aurelio Zen, which are very original and engaging. Readers can earn more about Italian daily life, culture, politics, and morality from Dibdin than from guidebooks or even traveling. Dibdin was English, taught in Italy for several years, and became a very astute observer. Unfortunately, he died a couple years ago and readers won't be able to enjoy any new books.In "Cabal," Zen is assigned to be liaison with the Vatican polic [...]

    4. I had put off reading any of Dibdin's popular Zen series on the grounds that gritty, macho tales of corruption are not, generally, my thing. After watching the new miniseries adaptation, however, I decided to give them a shot. Cabal was a well-plotted thriller with a nice twist at the end. Sure, it's full of corrupt organizations and unfair political machinations, but they are presented as simply being part of the Italian modo di vivere, and they actually come off as being rather charming. Zen i [...]

    5. The best Aurelio Zen mystery I've read so far."Emblematic of the many deceptions and misconceptions upon which the latest stylish Aurelio Zen mystery turn are the layered, radical fashions of a hot new Italian designer named Falco. Introduced in Ratking , Zen is an investigator for Rome's Criminalpol. He is called from the apartment of his mistress, Tania Biacis, when an Italian aristocrat falls to his death from the observation gallery at the top of St. Peter's Basilica. In the tricky position [...]

    6. Once again Zen faces an inquiry in which corruption and politics play an important role. This time the case involves the Vatican rather than the government.(view spoiler)[Zen tries to share in the corruption! Although he is successful in figuring out what was behind the murders, he isn't in his attempt to profit from his knowledge. I for one am glad of that! (hide spoiler)]

    7. Another entertaining read in the Aurelio Zen series. Even though I read it pretty much right after finishing Vendetta, I still really enjoyed it and did not experience Zen burnout.The plot may sound a bit farfetched given the overexposure of Dan Brown's cheesy religious thrillers -- in Cabal, a suicide in St. Peter's Basilica may have been murder, and the murder may have been committed by a secret cabal within an ages-old religious order, but Dibdin makes it work, primarily because he was writin [...]

    8. Another Aurelio Zen mystery where Zen stays in Rome and gets embroiled in a money laundering scheme involving the separate state of the Vatican; who knew they were like an off shore account? Author Dibdin entraps the reader with rich descriptions of settings and Italian social life that makes one not want the book to end. I wanted to go out with Zen and have grappa in espresso for breakfast and search the ancient, twisting, cobblestone streets to find a mansion with a crazy lady designing cuttin [...]

    9. It's a while since I've read any of Dibdin's Aurelio Zen novels, and this was perfect for a recent trip where I spent hours hanging around airports waiting for late planes (charitably she doesn't mention the airline).I must admit I was hoping for a really nasty bit of Vatican-related plotting, but the seemingly dastardly secret cabal vaporizes and the solution to the murders comes out of an unexpected corner. I hope that's not a SPOILER.Zen has struck me previously as essentially honest. Here he [...]

    10. I really am enjoying this series. Unfortunately I am reading them in reverse order, as I finally looked at the list. But that doesn't seem to matter. This particular book is built around a labyrinth of lies, deceit, and mistaken belief. It is a lovely plot that includes collusion at the Vatican, the ineptitude of the police and the interference of the politcal system. Lovely stuff. Aurelio Zen continues to be a blunderer and a hopeless romantic.So much fun.

    11. It just gets sillier and sillier until it seems like a parody of the first two books. There was some interesting stuff about the jurisdictional weirdness between Italy and the Vatican at the beginning, and some cool curia characters, but then, like I said, it gets very silly. Comedy of errors, a goofball fashionista, bizarrely complicated murders, and then a cuh-razy aristocrat with a doll collection did he steal that from Raj Kapoor's 1973 film Bobby? Which is not to say that I didn't like it. [...]

    12. What I like about these books is Zen, the character. I find the plots difficult to follow and overly confusing/convoluted.

    13. Like many people, after watching the first episode of Zen on BBC1 last week, I though I might try one of the books. I think were counting on this and had this one, which is the third in the Aurelio Zen series at just £1 on Kindle.(Is it just me, or is Rufus Sewell getting better with age btw?)Anyway, I was about 75% of the way through when Sunday’s episode #2 came on, and because of the start, I realised that it must be the book I was reading. Which it was, except in no shape or form was it. [...]

    14. I love mystery stories set in exotic locations, but this book left me a little cold. Mr. Dibdin's Rome seems like a maze of traffic, bureaucracy, and corruption. The mystery starts out with a promising premise, a well-connected member of the aristocracy falls from the dome of St. Peters. Was it suicide or murder? The Vatican, worried about the appearance of impropriety, calls the local authorities to "sign off" on the judgement of suicide. Enter Dottore Aurelio Zen, who is unlucky enough to be o [...]

    15. Aurelio Zen is an interesting figure. Very pragmatic and not overly inconvenienced by ethical considerations, yet still having some standards. Perhaps you'd call him a depressive realist? Yet, despite being willing to compromise the truth to meet the expectations of the Vatican and his own bosses and carefully following the CYA rule, he doesn't seem to be able to avoid angering just about everyone. Gosh, I would NOT want to be him! And the ending scene. well, let's hope that it convinces Zen tha [...]

    16. Third in the Aurelio Zen series.The first three books in Michael Dibdin's Aurelio Zen series read very much like a trilogy. The cast of regular characters develope throughout, and previous cases are referred to in subsequent books.I therefore recommend that you read the series in order.This book is as well-crafted a mystery as its predecessors. This time Zen is working in the neighbourhood of his long term residence (Rome), but there is much to explore in that city, along with Zen. I was particu [...]

    17. Just re-read and this is where Dibdin really gets to grips with Zen: the plots at excellent, writing so sharp and funny.

    18. Another disappointment! While I quite liked Michael Dibdin's End Games (reviewedhere ), his "Cabal" (1992), a substandard thriller, is a badly botched effort. Although The Scotsman in its back-cover blurb pronounces: "Michael Dibdin is an absolutely sensational writer", my take would be: "Michael Dibdin is a master of hiding his solid writing skills under the cover of embarrassingly amateurish style."Sunday Times writes "Dibdin puts together a fictional structure that combines the intriguing twi [...]

    19. This is the third book in the series featuring Aurelio Zen, a detective from Venice. Each book is set in a different location, in this case Rome, since the cabal in question is thought to be a secret society operating within the Vatican. This review contains a mild spoiler concerning Zen’s love life.The starting point is the death of Prince Ludovico Ruspanti, who falls a hundred and fifty feet to his death in the chapel at St. Peter's in Rome. Zen is invited to investigate the death. Though th [...]

    20. Cabal is Michael Dibdin's third entry in his Aurelio Zen series, and like the previous two, it features the assumption by Zen's superiors and other people in power that he can be relied to do what he is asked to do because he is as thoroughly corrupt as they are. Of course, Zen is anything but corrupt, but that perception turns out to be quite handy at times. In this novel, Zen is called in to "investigate" following the death of a prominent figure, a Prince who has apparently committed suicide [...]

    21. 've read most of the Aurelio Zen novels, my favourite being Cosi fan Tutti. Re-reading this one on the Kindle was an unexpected pleasure offered by its being available for only 99p.Vice-Questore Aurelio Zen is a detective inspector in the Ministry of the Interior based in Rome. Having recently solved an important case, the Vatican requests his services to confirm that there were no "suspicious circumstances" surrounding the death of Prince Ludovico Ruspanti in St. Peter's basilica. They want his [...]

    22. This is the third and final book in the Dibdin omnibus I borrowed. It starts off with a 'jumper' who falls from the dome of St Peter's onto the floor of the Nave during a mass. Now here is why I resent Dan Brown. This book, being a mystery, set in the Vatican City, centering around St Peter's, with a church conspiracy, well it reeked of Angels and Demons. Even though this came many years before and isn't anywhere as silly. That's what you get for enjoying a silly, fun beach read.My main problem [...]

    23. Aurelio Zen -sarjan kolmas osa tapahtuu pääosin Zenin tuoreessa kotikaupungissa, Roomassa. Dibdin kuvaa etenkin Venetsiaa ja Perugiaa niin mukaansatempaavasti, että odotin innolla, mitä Vatikaanin muurien takaa saadaan revittyä irti. No parempiakin dekkareita Kirkkovaltion alueelta on tullut.Alku lähtee liikkeelle lupaavasti: muutaman sivun jälkeen saadaan ensimmäinen ruumis keskelle Pietarinkirkkoa. Putoaminen näyttää onnettomuudelta, ja Zenkin on oman mukavuudenhalunsa vuoksi taipuv [...]

    24. I love every book in this series, but CABAL, the third one, ended a bit abruptly, I thought. It is typical for an Aurelio Zen story to end with the detective in some sort of disadvantage; usually physical injury. But in this one, he solves the mystery but we don't learn the consequences of that discovery upon Zen.I suspect that his relationship with the beautiful Tania is rapidly disintegrating. Dibdin has this ability to elicit our sympathy for the clever yet stoic Zen while at the same time re [...]

    25. Michael Dibdin writes compact, tightly-plotted mysteries set in and around the mean streets, sleazy docks, and upscale environs of urban Italy. CABAL's a Rome and Vatican novel, which opens with a rousing, fall-from-the-top-of-St-Peter's death and zips onward from there. Like the other Dibdin novel I read this summer, CABAL clocks in at just about 250 pages: Dibdin is really good at compressing 350-page plots into 250 pages without making the narrative feel or seem any less densely textured. Thi [...]

    26. Third book in the Aurelio Zen series.I picked this book up after watching the BBC Zen adaptations, which I enjoyed. But there are significant differences between the TV drama and the novel. This 're-write' is to be expected as I cannot see the Vatican handing over St.Peter's to the BBC for a couple of days filming.I have taken to Zen who is not quite bent but does operate on the margins, as most of the characters do. Public servants runs private schemes from ministerial buildings using state equ [...]

    27. Aurelio Zen back in Rome taking on Vatican City. An odd twist at the end. During the final chase scene, there was an interesting passage that applies so well to the recession we are going through today. A body comes shooting down from the glass ceiling of a shopping galleria:"Nevertheless, it was some such gesture of protest that sprang to most people's minds when they heard the sound of breaking glass. The shop windows were a powerful symbol of the socioeconomic barriers against which the poor [...]

    28. In this the third book in the series, Zen is sent to investigate the apparent suicide of a high ranking member of the Italian aristocracy, unfortunately said death occurred in the Vatican, which meant that Zen becoming involved with that bastion of openness and full disclosure the Catholic Church.The story contains enough red herrings to support a mid sized fishmongers, but for me what I love about the series is the utter corruption of the various police departments that are supposedly responsib [...]

    29. Eipä päässyt tämä kirja koukuttamaan missään vaiheessa. Takakannen tekstin mukaan kirjassa seikkaileva Aurelio Zen on mielenkiintoisimpia poliisihahmoja. No tämän kirjan perusteella kommentoisin tuohon, että bullshit. Zen on aivan tyypillinen kirjallisuuden antisankarihahmo: vaatimaton, tunaroiva, naisasioissaan onneton ja vieläpä lahjottavissa. Yleensä antisankareiden toilailuja on hauska lukea, mutta tässä siinä ollaan menty täysin metsään pyrkimällä kuitenkin tekemään Z [...]

    30. A minor Roman prince falls (or is pushed?) from the gallery in St. Peter's, falling to his death during a mass for tourists. The Vatican calls Zen in for spin control. The Vatican policeman who was watching the prince is electrocuted in his shower. There is - or isn't- a sinister group operating within the secretive Knights of Malta (who may or may not be in league with the CIA). Zen's lover Tania suddenly seems to have too much money and is taking mysterious trips. She has secrets that worry hi [...]

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