By Michael Dibdin
After his adventures less than sun-drenched Neapolitan skies in Cosi Fan Tutti, Aurelio Zen reveals himself again in Rome, sneezing in a moist wine cellar and being given one other unorthodox project: to unencumber the jailed scion of an enormous wine-growing kin who's accused of a brutal homicide. Zen travels north to an Italy as outwardly serene as Naples used to be manic. Amid the quiet fields, autumnal skies and crumbling farmhouses of Piedmont, Zen needs to attempt to penetrate a conventional tradition within which relations and soil are inextricably associated. the following secrets and techniques can final for generations, and feature a end as lengthy and lingering as that of a great Barbaresco. Zen also needs to withstand mysteries from his personal previous, in addition to grapple with the greed, envy, hatred and love which are the human parts of any panorama.
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But, like an imbecile”—Warren got out a pack of cigarettes and stuck one askew into his mouth—“like an imbecile, I only examined one of the reels with any care. ’ But the rest of it … well, I can figure it now. ” Warren pointed to the floor. “In my luggage, without my knowing it. Never a suspicion, you see, until this afternoon. Gaa! what a 50 situation. ” said Miss Glenn, sitting up and eyeing him suspiciously. “Yes. To my old man. So I went up to the wireless-room. The operator said he’d just received a message for me.
With an expiring sigh Captain Valvick shook his head in a melancholy fashion, and then twinkled benevolently. “Ay could never get dat girl to go out again. ” “But I don’t see the point,” protested Peggy Glenn, who was regarding him in some perplexity. ” “Ay don’t know,” admitted the other, scratching his head. “Ay yust wanted to tell de story, ay guess … Maybe he is sea-sick, eh? Ha-ha-ha! Ah! Dat remind me. ” the girl exclaimed indignantly. “Bosh! At least—poor old fellow, I hope not. ” 37 She paused as a white-coated steward struggled out of a door near by and peered round in the darkening light.
She frowned. “But I say, what can have happened to Curt? ” said Captain Thomassen Valvick, with an air of inspiration. “I tell you, maybe. ” asked Morgan. Captain Valvick uttered one of his amiable snorts and bent his big shoulders. Even though the deck was rolling and pitching in a way that made the deck-chairs slide into each other, he stood upright without difficulty. His long sandy-reddish face was etched out in wrinkles of enjoyment, and behind very small gilt-rimmed spectacles his pale-blue eyes had an almost unholy twinkle.
A Long Finish (Aurelio Zen, Book 6) by Michael Dibdin