Zen (2011– )
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With Moscati invalided out, Zen gets a new boss: icy, unsmiling Heuber, who regards Zen as a maverick and tells him so. Thus he is not pleased when Colonna again asks for Zen's intervention... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Tania Moretti
Vincent Riotta ...
Sargon Yelda ...
Katy Murphy ...
Sister Anna
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Silvio Miletti
Carlo Fagioli


With Moscati invalided out, Zen gets a new boss: icy, unsmiling Heuber, who regards Zen as a maverick and tells him so. Thus he is not pleased when Colonna again asks for Zen's intervention in rescuing kidnap victim Ruggiero Miletti, a wealthy philanthropist who has donated to Colonna's party funds. Miletti's lawyer, Piretta, was murdered whilst delivering the ransom, and his glamorous young widow blames Miletti's family, claiming they wanted their father dead. Zen finds Miletti's petulant son Silvio at odds with his amorous sister Cinzia and her well-organized husband Carlo, whilst Zen's colleague Vincenzo, choked that Heuber got the job he wanted, feels they should bungle the case to discredit their boss. Against Moscati's advice, Zen agrees to deliver a second ransom given him by Colonna, but Miletti is found dead. Zen is suspended but, after contacting the genuine kidnappers, discovers that Miletti's actual killer is far closer to home, leading to Heuber's dismissal and Zen's ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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31 July 2011 (USA)  »

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Highlighted letters in the end credits spell "Gold Dagger". Michael Dibdin won the Gold Dagger - an award given by the Crime Writers Association - for the novel on which this episode is based. See more »


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13 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have never read the Zen books so I just review the actual show. Moscati is out (heart attack) and Hueber is in. He is a sterile very unlikable sort who goes by the book (fairly typical 'boss').

The Miletti family is a huge beneficiary to the political bosses of Zen and when the patriarch is kidnapped they bring him into the case. Lots of twists and turns as I immediately assumed it was the son and daughter who had him kidnapped as they seemed to be the type who just wanted his money/power. Their lawyer gets killed in the opening scene while trying to deliver the ransom to the kidnappers. After all is said and done we find out who really killed the father and this is where I felt the story didn't end very believably. Zen confronts the killer couple and instead of shooting Zen (after they manage to disarm him), the male just shoots next to him into the wall! Supposedly he already killed the Miletti patriarch so why risk getting caught by letting the policeman live? Then (which is more unbelievable) they race off in their sports car and subsequently crash and die. Huh? If they had simply killed Zen (what's one more body?) then they could have leisurely drove off. Up until this point I genuinely enjoyed the show, though!

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