Dead Lagoon, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


When the man in white appeared, blocking his path, Giacomo felt a brief surge of relief at the thought that he was no longer alone.

Then he remembered where he was, and terror rose in his throat like vomit.

Aurelio Zen returns to his native Venice to investigate the disappearance of a rich American resident but he soon learns that, amid the hazy light and shifting waters of the lagoon, nothing is what it seems.

As he is drawn deeper into the ambiguous mysteries surrounding the discovery of a skeletal corpse on an ossuary island in the north lagoon, he is also forced to confront a series of disturbing revelations about his own life.

If you enjoyed the Inspector Zen Mystery series you may also like The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, another crime novel by Michael Dibdin.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780571270859

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Dont wanna go to venice after this. Sounds muddy and smelly. And corrupt but that was expected.

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Originally published in 1994. Aurelio Zen returns to his native Venice to investigate the disappearance of an American resident and also helps an older aristocratic lady deal with the disappearance of her daughter during World War II. Zen also discovers his father is still alive and living in Poland; he was thought to have been killed in Russia during the war. Zen is relieved to return to Rome.Not one of the best in the Zen series.

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