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The Namesake: A Commissario Alec Blume Novelby Conor Fitzgerald
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When magistrate Matteo Arcontis namesake, an insurance man from Milan, is found dead outside the court buildings in Piazzo Clodio, its a clear warning to the authorities in Rome—a message of defiance and intimidation from a powerful crime syndicate.
Commissioner Alec Blume, interpreting the reference to his other ongoing case—a frustrating one in which hes so far been unable to pin murder on a Mafia boss operating at an untouchable distance in Germany—knows hes too close to it. Handing control of the investigation to now live-in and not-so-secret partner Caterina Mattiola, Blume takes a backseat. And while Caterina embarks on questioning the Milanese widow, Blume has an underhand idea of his own to lure the arrogant mafioso out of his hiding place…
"Police commissioner Alec Blume looks into the murder of a Milan insurance agent in Fitzgerald's fine third novel featuring the American expat living in Rome (after 2011's The Fatal Touch). Found outside the court buildings in Piazza Clodio, the victim had the same name as no-nonsense magistrate Matteo Arconti. Could this be an act of defiance from the Calabrian Mafia? The kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl, whose journalist father was quite critical of the mob, may also be linked to the crime syndicate. Blume winds up going undercover after a false confession by a mobster's wife he plants to draw out Arconti's killer leads to near catastrophic repercussions. Meanwhile, by submerging himself in both investigations, Blume can avoid dealing with his growing relationship with Chief Insp. Caterina Mattiola. Fitzgerald provides an insightful glimpse into the machinations of Italian police work and the criminal world, where strong family bonds astound even the most perceptive cop. Agent: Sarah Ballard, United Agents. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Fitzgerald's feat of blending Italy's storied past with a contemporary thriller is done extraordinary well." -Library Journal
About the Author
Conor Fitzgerald has lived in Ireland, the UK, 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. The Namesake is the second in his series of Italian Crime novels.
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