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Alec Blume returns to action in this intricate and heart-pounding new novel. With the help of his associate Caterina, Blume is called to the scene of a death connected to a spate of muggings. Though the Carabinieri-military police-are trying to control the investigation, Blume, never one to bow to authority, pursues it his own way.

When it becomes clear that the victim is an art forger, enemies-and hidden treasures-begin to emerge. Relying on old friends and intuitions, Blume hurls himself into the center of the mystery, risking his job, his neck, and just about anyone who trusts him.

Immersed in its old-world setting and written with satisfying detail about inks and signatures and the tools of forgery, this is a riveting novel, with rich characters and a spectacular conclusion.

Conor Fitzgerald is the author of The Dogs of Rome, also featuring Commissario Alec Blume. He has lived in Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Italy. He has produced a current affairs journal for foreign embassies based in Rome, and founded a successful translation company. He is married with two children and lives in Rome.

Praise for The Dogs of Rome:

"A sizzling-hot debut that deftly weaves together corrupt politicians, organized crime, and centuries-oldtradition."-Entertainment Weekly

"Conor Fitzgerald is a class act … a real find."-William Boyd

Review:

"In Fitzgerald's exciting sequel to The Dogs of Rome, a string of muggings targeting foreign visitors staying at Rome's tourist hotels turns deadly when a man's body is found in Trastevere, a picturesque medieval neighborhood on the Tiber's west bank. But this victim is no traveler — he's an art forger with a laundry list of enemies. Police Commissioner Alec Blume, an American expatriate who's lived in Rome for more than 20 years, and his team have barely begun investigating when the carabinieri take over. Alec calls on old friends for help as the carabinieri's crooked Colonel Farinelli tries to discredit him. The heroic if aloof Alec sees the same outsider qualities in Caterina Mattiola, a rookie inspector and single mother, whom he patiently shows the details of detective work and office politics. Intriguing touches such as the tools a forger has in the kitchen and a strong sense of Rome's environs enrich the intelligent plot. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Alec Blume returns to action in this intricate and heart-pounding new novel. With the help of his associate Caterina, Blume is called to the scene of a death connected to a spate of muggings. Though the Carabinieri—military police—are trying to control the investigation, Blume, never one to bow to authority, pursues it his own way. I mmersed in an old-world setting and written with satisfying detail about the tools of art forgery, this is a riveting novel, with rich characters and a spectacular conclusion.

Synopsis:

Alec Blume, now promoted to police commissioner, returns to action in this labyrinthine and heart-pounding new novel. With the help of his associate, Caterina, Blume is called to the scene of what appears to be an accidental death connected to a spate of muggings. Though the carabinieri--military police--are trying to control the investigation, Blume, never one to bow to authority, pursues it his own way.

When it becomes clear that the victim is a wealthy art forger, enemies--and hidden treasures--begin to emerge. Relying on old friends and intuitions, Blume hurls himself into the center of the mystery, risking his job, his neck, and just about anyone who trusts him.

Immersed in its old world setting and written in satisfying detail about inks and signatures and the tools of forgery, this is a powerfully engrossing novel, with rich, fully drawn characters. Inspired by a real-life crime, Fitzgerald has created an ambitious and enormously satisfying story with an explosive conclusion.

About the Author

Conor Fitzgerald is the author of The Dogs of Rome and The Namesake, also featuring Commissario Alec Blume. He has lived in Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Italy. He has worked as an arts editor, produced a current affairs journal for foreign embassies based in Rome, and founded a successful translation company. He is married with two children and lives in Rome.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781608193295
Author:
Fitzgerald, Conor
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
up to 5

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Fitzgerald's exciting sequel to The Dogs of Rome, a string of muggings targeting foreign visitors staying at Rome's tourist hotels turns deadly when a man's body is found in Trastevere, a picturesque medieval neighborhood on the Tiber's west bank. But this victim is no traveler — he's an art forger with a laundry list of enemies. Police Commissioner Alec Blume, an American expatriate who's lived in Rome for more than 20 years, and his team have barely begun investigating when the carabinieri take over. Alec calls on old friends for help as the carabinieri's crooked Colonel Farinelli tries to discredit him. The heroic if aloof Alec sees the same outsider qualities in Caterina Mattiola, a rookie inspector and single mother, whom he patiently shows the details of detective work and office politics. Intriguing touches such as the tools a forger has in the kitchen and a strong sense of Rome's environs enrich the intelligent plot. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

Alec Blume returns to action in this intricate and heart-pounding new novel. With the help of his associate Caterina, Blume is called to the scene of a death connected to a spate of muggings. Though the Carabinieri—military police—are trying to control the investigation, Blume, never one to bow to authority, pursues it his own way. I mmersed in an old-world setting and written with satisfying detail about the tools of art forgery, this is a riveting novel, with rich characters and a spectacular conclusion.

"Synopsis" by , Alec Blume, now promoted to police commissioner, returns to action in this labyrinthine and heart-pounding new novel. With the help of his associate, Caterina, Blume is called to the scene of what appears to be an accidental death connected to a spate of muggings. Though the carabinieri--military police--are trying to control the investigation, Blume, never one to bow to authority, pursues it his own way.

When it becomes clear that the victim is a wealthy art forger, enemies--and hidden treasures--begin to emerge. Relying on old friends and intuitions, Blume hurls himself into the center of the mystery, risking his job, his neck, and just about anyone who trusts him.

Immersed in its old world setting and written in satisfying detail about inks and signatures and the tools of forgery, this is a powerfully engrossing novel, with rich, fully drawn characters. Inspired by a real-life crime, Fitzgerald has created an ambitious and enormously satisfying story with an explosive conclusion.

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