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The Dogs of Rome: A Commissario Alec Blume Novel
 
 
Author
Conor Fitzgerald.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9781608190157
Pages/Publication Date 393/2010
Daedalus Item Code 31885
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It is a hot summer morning at the opening of this engrossing novel of murder, organized crime, and politics in contemporary Italy—the first in a new series of Italian crime novels. Arturo Clemente is sloppily murdered in his Rome apartment by a mysterious slasher, and though the murder appears amateurish, even random, Clemente is no ordinary victim. An animal rights activist campaigning against dogfighting, he was married to a prominent politician and also sleeping with Manuela Fusco, the daughter of a hardened crime boss. Police inspector Alec Blume has a chief suspect, but he finds the investigation is being manipulated by both the Senate and the Fusco crime ring, and realizes that solving this crime may be the least of his worries.

"All of the players in the novel come across as completely believable, because the author avoids the stereotypical, and emphasizes the quirkiness in both large and small characters. The fast-moving plot has several interesting twists, and the tone is tongue-in-cheek. This is the first in a series of Commissario Blume novels, and anyone who reads this one will be looking forward to the next."—SFBook Review

"[Conor] Fitzgerald's impressively plotted debut, the first in a projected contemporary crime series, introduces police chief commissioner Alec Blume, an American expatriate who's been living in Rome for the last 22 years.... The flawed but endearing Blume uses his unique perspective to negotiate his way through a labyrinthine minefield that includes crooked cops, unscrupulous politicians, and an ancient city whose very history is steeped in the corruption associated with organized crime. Those who like gritty crime thrillers with a European flair will be well rewarded."—Publishers Weekly

"The appearance of a new police series set in Italy is guaranteed to whet the thirst of international crime-fiction fans, especially when a few sips evoke that heady Italian brew that comes from the smooth blending of a corrupt bureaucracy and a flawed, world-weary hero.... This promising debut is reminiscent of early Michael Dibdin, and that is more than enough to put Fitzgerald's series on your radar."—Booklist

 
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