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1947) UK (1994) Michael Dibdin’s creation, Aurelio Zen, investigator for the Criminalpol section of the Italian Ministry of the Interior, is one of the most interesting protagonists in contemporary crime fiction, a rounded and convincing character who struggles to retain what integrity he can amid the corruption of the society in which he works. Grimly realistic and clear-sighted about the labyrinthine bureaucracy that surrounds him, he knows that, where power and money are involved, his investigations 42 02 100 MR CRIME F 9/8/06 1:54 pm Page 43 MICHAEL DIBDIN are unlikely to flourish and yet he continues to believe that the truth is worth a struggle.
1930) UK THE DEAD OF JERICHO (1981) The partnership between two seemingly mismatched characters, one an investigative genius and the other a plodding but diligent sidekick, has been a mainstay of detective fiction since the days of Holmes and Watson. The alliance Colin Dexter created between the grumpy, operaloving boozer Chief Inspector Morse and the stolid Detective Sergeant Lewis began in 1975 with the publication of Last Bus to Woodstock and has since become the most popular such partnership in contemporary British crime fiction.
In the eighty years since the publication of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, the ingenious twist on which the story hinges has been repeated in other novels by other writers but it retains much of the shock value for contemporary readers that it had in the 1920s. 26 02 100 MR CRIME F 9/8/06 1:54 pm Page 27 AGATHA CHRISTIE Read on Death on the Nile; Murder in Mesopotamia; Murder on the Orient Express Christianna Brand, Green for Danger; Georgette Heyer, Envious Casca; » Ngaio Marsh, A Grave Mistake A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED (1950) In the village of Chipping Cleghorn, a bizarre entry is found amid the ‘For Sale’ notices and job advertisements in the personal column of the local paper.