Even if the plot was very, very thin and that I figured it out a few pages into the second part of the book, this book was kinda intriguing in all aspects except for the mystery part. I liked the inside view into the Italian bureaucratic government way to do things. I liked nothing is said but everything is implied way the character is being toyed with. It has some kinship with the Camilleri books, same day to day routine but with less humor I must say. Zen is not a happy person probably never will be.