By Michael Dibdin
During this, the 5th ebook within the acclaimed Aurelio Zen sequence, Zen reveals himself in Naples, in shame - and having the time of his lifestyles. just like the remainder of Italy, Naples is worried approximately its picture and attempting to freshen up its act. regrettably it appears somebody is taking this quite too actually. Corrupt politicians, shady businessmen and eminent mafiosi are disappearing off the streets at an alarming price. this can be all very tedious for Zen, whose dedication to his paintings is at an rock bottom. He could some distance relatively amuse himself via checking out the romantic entanglements of his landlady's nubile daughters and placing the constancy in their incorrect enthusiasts to the try. yet after all he discovers that even within the 'New Italy' of the Nineties, a few issues, chiefly love and deception, by no means swap.
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