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The Dogs of Rome An Alec Blume Novel by Conor Fitzgerald
  

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Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2011.

An engrossing novel of murder, organized crime, and politics in contemporary Italy-the first in a series of Italian crime novels by a promising new writer.

CWA Judges’ comments: 'Chief Commissioner Alec Blume, an American with Italy as his adopted home, finds the murder of an anti-vivisectionist takes him to the heart of Rome’s political machinations, where expediency and personal gain too often carry more weight than simple justice.'

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Synopsis

The Dogs of Rome An Alec Blume Novel by Conor Fitzgerald

Rome. A city where rules are compromised. And compromise rules. It's one of the hottest days of the year. Chief Inspector Blume is enjoying a rare solitary lunch in a tranquil corner of Trastevere when an unwelcome phone call intrudes with news of a brutal killing a few streets away. Arturo Clemente is no ordinary victim. His widow is an elected member of the Senate, and Blume arrives at the scene to find enquiries well underway, the case itself apparently clear-cut, a prime suspect quickly identified. Blume must fight to regain control of the investigation, but well acquainted with the city's underworld, he knows from bitter experience that in Rome even a murder enquiry must bow to the rules of politics. But when worrying shortcuts sanctioned by one of his superiors are uncovered, it seems events are being manipulated from on high. The complex and uncomfortable truth Blume will unravel will shock even him, and his struggle for justice may yet cost more innocent lives...

Reviews

A sizzling-hot debut that deftly weaves together corrupt politicians, organized crime, and centuries-old tradition.

--Entertainment Weekly

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.

--San Francisco Book Review

Guaranteed to whet the thirst of international crime fiction fans. This promising debut is reminiscent of early Michael Dibdin, and that is more than enough to put Fitzgerald's series on your radar.

--Booklist

Impressively plotted...those who like gritty crime thrillers with a European flair will be well rewarded. --Publishers Weekly

Commissario Blume is the most appealing detective to come along in years. His genius is that he isn't a hero or an anti-hero, but the kind of living, breathing human being that you only find in the very best novels, detective or otherwise. The Dogs of Rome is an irresistible and wholly original piece of crime fiction. --Joe Weisberg, author of An Ordinary Spy and Tenth Grade


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.

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Book Info

Publication date

18th April 2011

Author

Conor Fitzgerald

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Author's Website

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9781408809921

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