And Then You Die

And Then You Die

An Aurelio Zen Mystery

Book - 2002
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When a Mafia bomb explodes under Zen's car in Sicily, he is presumed dead. But the Italian government nurses him back to health -- under the finest and most secretive care -- in order to use him as a surprise witness in the American trial of a Mafioso who eluded the Italian police. Sporting the name Pier Giorgio as an alias, Zen is biding his time until he's summoned to the States. But someone besides his caretakers knows he's alive -- and is trying to change that. From the seaside town of Versilia, to his Alitalia flight to Los Angeles, to the early morning streets of Reykjavik (where it is revealed to him that he has the power to see the "hidden people" of Icelandic lore), to the dark confines of his deceased mother's Rome apartment -- someone is stalking him, leaving a number of mistaken-identity bodies in his wake. Zen begins to fear for both his life and his sanity. Wonderfully smart and entertaining,And Then You Dieis Michael Dibdin at his -- and Aurelio Zen's -- best.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, 2002
ISBN: 9780385659208
0385659202
Branch Call Number: DIBD
Characteristics: 183 p

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tjdickey
Jun 14, 2017

The secret to Aurelio Zen's success, we learn in the eighth installment of the series, is that he doesn't seem like a detective. The secret to author Michael Dibdin's success is the novels do not seem like action thrillers. Indeed, some parts of "And Then You Die" read more like a Coen Brothers film (maybe even with hints of Inspector Clouseau) than an Italian noir thriller.

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kmoyer
Sep 18, 2011

It’s easy to see why this novel won a Gold Dagger award and I really enjoyed the mystery, perhaps partially from having recently seen the BBC TV series, was able to picture the main character easily and feel the melancholy of his new circumstances. I found the only drawback was the sequence near the end when loose ends were getting resolved - it was very good at increasing the tension to begin with, but felt it went slightly too far in the ‘odd coincidences’, near catastrophes etc. which Zen managed to escape by the skin of his teeth. It did intriguingly set the potential storyline for the next installment. Very funny to read about ‘Italian’ prejudices and views on life.

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