A Long Finish

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A Long Finish
First edition
AuthorMichael Dibdin
CountryUnited Kingdom
SeriesAurelio Zen series, #6
GenreCrime, Mystery novel
PublisherFaber and Faber
Publication date
December 1, 1998
Media typePrint (Hardback, Paperback)
Pages256pp (hardback) 256pp (paperback)
Preceded byCosi Fan Tutti 
Followed byBlood Rain 

A Long Finish is a novel by Michael Dibdin, and is the sixth entry in the popular Aurelio Zen series.


After his adventures under sun-drenched Neapolitan skies in Cosi Fan Tutti, Italian police detective Aurelio Zen finds himself reluctantly back in Rome, sneezing in the damp wine cellar of a retired but still powerful and connected mover and shaker. Strings are pulled and he is given another unorthodox assignment: find evidence that clears the jailed scion of an important wine-growing family, who is accused of brutal murder, in time to harvest what is anticipated to be a great vintage.

Zen is confronted with the closed ranks and closed mouths of a small, remote rural town, where everyone knows the secrets of everyone else. Grappling with tangled relationships, bitter resentments and grudges reaching back to the immediate post-war years, his investigations are further distracted by meeting the young woman who thinks she is his daughter.