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Download e-book for iPad: A Long Finish (Aurelio Zen, Book 6) by Michael Dibdin

By Michael Dibdin

ISBN-10: 0571274129

ISBN-13: 9780571274123

After his adventures lower 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 task: to liberate the jailed scion of an enormous wine-growing relatives who's accused of a brutal homicide. Zen travels north to an Italy as outwardly serene as Naples was once manic. Amid the quiet fields, autumnal skies and crumbling farmhouses of Piedmont, Zen needs to attempt to penetrate a conventional tradition within which relatives 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 an excellent Barbaresco. Zen should also stand up to mysteries from his personal previous, in addition to grapple with the greed, envy, hatred and love which are the human elements of any panorama.

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