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A Long Finish: An Aurelio Zen Mystery
By Michael Dibdin and Michael Kitchen (narrator)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Sterling Audio Books
Publication date October 1, 1999
Binding Cassette/Spoken Word
Edition Unabridged
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780754003625
ISBN-10 0754003620
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.75 by 9 in.
Weight 0.60 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $69.95
Other format details audio
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Ratking, Vendetta, Cabal, Dead Lagoon, Così Fan Tutti--in each of these masterfully suspenseful and atmospheric novels we have met Michael Dibdin's Italian Criminalpol officer Aurelio Zen. Intelligent and urbane (if a little weary), Zen galvanizes us not only with his ability to solve the most intractable crimes but also with his methodology. He is both devious and moral, a slave to the status quo and original in his thinking, amused by his own tor-
por and surprised by his drive. Now, in The Long Finish, he is driven by something new: a steely
instinct for self-preservation coupled with a love
of good food and wine.
After a riotous and heroic stint in Naples, Zen is back in Rome, meeting with a world-famous film director at the instruction of his superiors. In the privacy of a remarkably well stocked wine cellar, the director--whose influence clearly reaches beyond the entertainment industry--convinces Zen to arrange for the release of the scion of an important wine-growing family, who has been jailed for the murder of his own father. At stake for the director, a connoisseur of Piedmontese wines, is this year's vintage: only the jailed man can ensure the timely harvesting of his family's precious grapes. At stake for Zen: avoiding a posting to the dreaded Sicily.
In Alba--an outwardly serene village set among rolling hills that are planted with vines for as far as the eye can see--Zen discovers that only spilled blood can separate a family from its land. And though murder here is rare, it is complex. But at least it's accompanied by heaping plates of pasta, generous shavings of white truffles, and bottomless glasses of wine. If only Zen can keep his policing skills as sharp as his palate is pampered. . . .

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780375404290 Book cover for 9780786217625
 
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (April 1, 1999)
9780786217625 | details & prices | 408 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $27.95
About: With the future of a new wine vintage at stake, Aurelio Zen takes on another unorthodox assignment, to investigate the case of the jailed heir to an important wine-growing family, accused of a brutal murder
from Pantheon Books (September 1, 1998)
9780375404290 | details & prices | 261 pages | 5.75 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $24.00
About: With the future of a new wine vintage at stake, Aurelio Zen takes on another unorthodox assignment, to investigate the case of the jailed heir to an important wine-growing family, accused of a brutal murder
Paperback
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from Vintage Books (February 1, 2000)
9780375704017 | details & prices | 261 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $14.95
About: With the future of a new wine vintage at stake, Aurelio Zen takes on another unorthodox assignment, to investigate the case of the jailed heir to an important wine-growing family, accused of a brutal murder.
Cassette/Spoken Word
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With Michael Kitchen (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Sterling Audio Books (October 1, 1999)
9780754003625 | details & prices | 6.75 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $69.95
About: Ratking, Vendetta, Cabal, Dead Lagoon, Così Fan Tutti--in each of these masterfully suspenseful and atmospheric novels we have met Michael Dibdin's Italian Criminalpol officer Aurelio Zen.

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