Dead Lagoon

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Dead Lagoon
First edition cover
AuthorMichael Dibdin
CountryUnited Kingdom
SeriesAurelio Zen series, #4
GenreCrime, Mystery novel
PublisherFaber and Faber
Publication date
April 18, 1994
Media typePrint (Hardback, Paperback)
Pages256pp (hardback) 354pp (paperback)
Preceded byCabal 
Followed byCosi Fan Tutti 

Dead Lagoon is a novel by Michael Dibdin, and is the fourth entry in the popular Aurelio Zen series.

Moonlighting, Italian police detective Zen engineers a posting to his home town of Venice, Italy on a pretext in order to investigate the disappearance of an American millionaire on behalf of his American ex-girlfriend. He needs the extra money to set up home with his new girlfriend with room for his aged mother.

His investigations lead him into conflict with a charismatic local rising politician and a childhood friend before he discovers a shocking truth about his father. Although he actually does get to the bottom of both his overt and covert enquiries, he leaves Venice in frustration and with childhood illusions shattered.