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Librarian, book lover, avid reader

Currently reading

Roman Blood
Steven Saylor
Progress: 171/401 pages
Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child
Bob Spitz
Progress: 208/557 pages
Avant-gardes du XXe siècle: arts & littérature, 1905-1930
Serge Fauchereau
Caesar's Commentaries: On the Gallic War and On the Civil War
Julius Caesar
Les bûchers de Bocanegra
Arturo Pérez-Reverte
The Songs of the Kings
Barry Unsworth
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories: Volumes I and II
Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Alan Lee

Ratking (An Aurelio Zen Mystery)

Ratking - Michael Dibdin This was a very "Italian" thriller. Set in Perugia, the story is centered on the kidnapping of a wealthy industrialist and his not so quite loving family. We are introduced to Aurelio Zen, a disgraced police investigator who was years back somewhat of a star at the kidnapping unit in Rome (Kidnapping being at that time, late 70's, somewhat of a every day occurrence in Italy) and was pushed to the sidelines after the Aldo Moro case. This is more a study of the way people in power act and how a society can become so corrupt it will go to any lengths to protect its privileges. Dibdin writes in a concise and clean style. We see the unfolding of the plot thru Zen's eyes with very few outside points of view. Did I like it? It was a very bleak and depressing view of humanity and quite dark spiritually but worth reading. I'll probably pick up the next one to read later in the year.