Michael Dibdin

Dibdin has a well-deserved reputation as one of Britainís most stylish crime writers. His earliest novels were skilful pastiches: one brought together Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper; another had Robert Browning sleuthing in Victorian Florence. Ratking, which won the CWAís Gold Dagger, introduced his Italian series detective Aurelio Zen. A later Zen book, Cosi Fan Tutti, lifts the plot of Mozartís opera, reverses one or two genders and sets it with typical panache in contemporary Naples.

Dibdinís other novels include The Tryst, a dark study of the borders of madness; The Dying of the Light, a homage to the traditional whodunnit, set in a ghastly old peopleís home; and Dirty Tricks, in which an anonymous narrator leaves a trail of corpses through modern Oxford.

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