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The great basilica of St. Peter's has long held a bizarre fascination for those intent upon ending their lives. But this time the man who has jumped to his death could prove most embarrassing to the Vatican, which is why Aurelio Zen must reluctantly leave his lover's bed to investigate Prince Ludovico Ruspanti's apparent suicide.Caught between Italian government equivocations and Vatican City Intrigues, Zen is pressured to confirm the suicide despite evidence to the contrary. But rumors implying the involvement of a mysterious organization called the Cabal forces a genuine investigation on the part of the beleaguered Zen, who sees his own career in danger of taking a tumble as lethal as the one that killed the prince.Two more deaths and a unique case of mistaken identity further convince Zen that he has become the pawn in a game he can't afford, whose players are some of his country's most powerful and dangerous men.Zen pursues crazy leads and zany temptations from Rome to Milan. Waiting for him there is a diabolic aristocrat, a cutting-edge fashion statement -- and a wild confrontation with a killer high above the glittering Galleria, one of the world's most glamorous shopping malls.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c1993
ISBN: 9780385468060
Characteristics: 241 p. ; 24 cm


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May 25, 2017

For the third book in the Aurelio Zen series, Dibdin seems to be channeling a bit of Umberto Eco: nothing is quite as it seems, neither in Zen's murder/suicide/? case and the extra murder/suicide/? additions, nor in his personal life, nor in the Church, nor even in fast-paced and cutthroat world of Milanese high fashion.

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