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In his seventh outing, Italian Criminalpol officer Aurelio Zen has finally been posted by his enemies in the government to the island of Sicily, heartland of the Mafia. His latest case is launched by the discovery of a badly decomposed and unidentifiable body locked in an abandoned rail car left on a spur of track in a deserted corner of the island.
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Fortunately, Zen's daughter Carla Arduini, whom he met and adopted in his last adventure, _A Long Finish_, is also on the island to help the local judicial system set up a computer network, so he sees her often. Carla is befriended by Judge Corinna Nunziatella, whose life has been threatened for cracking down on the Mafia and who has to go everywhere under armed escort. On the other hand, Zen's mother is also dying back in Rome.

In retaliation for the train car killing, five Corleone family men are locked up in a stolen refrigerator truck to freeze to death. After a bomb kills the judge (and Carla with her), Zen crisscrosses Italy by train to hide, and eventually to Malta, to escape the clutches of the Sicilian police, who want to detain him as a suspect. Is there any way he can win, or maybe just survive, in the middle of this war between dying Mafia families?
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, Foreign Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in that culture Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy Island?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing Unusual forms of death    -   frozen Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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