Michael Dibdin (author of “The last Sherlock Holmes story”)
Michael Dibdin was born in 1947. He went to school in Northern Ireland, and later to Sussex University and the University of Alberta in Canada. After completing his first novel, The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, in 1978, he spent four years in Italy teaching English at the University of Perugia. His second novel, A Rich Full Death, was published in 1986. It was followed by Ratking in 1988, which won the Gold Dagger Award for the Best Crime Novel of the year and introduced us to his Italian detective – Inspector Aurelio Zen. This was the novel that would elevate Dibdin in the crime fiction world as a bright new voice.
In 1989 The Tryst was published to great acclaim and was followed by Vendetta in 1990, the second story in the Zen series. Dirty Tricks was Dibdin’s next novel, a standalone novel that re-created Thatcher’s Britain of the 80’s…
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