A Commissario Alec Blume Novel
By Conor Fitzgerald
(Bloomsbury USA, Hardcover, 9781608198450, 368pp.)
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
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When magistrate Matteo Arconti’s namesake, an insurance man from Milan, is found dead outside the court buildings in Piazzo Clodio, it’s 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 he’s so far been unable to pin murder on a Mafia boss operating at an untouchable distance in Germany—knows he’s 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…
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.