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The Dogs of Rome (Commissario Alec Blume Series #1)

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16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Compelling international detective series #1.

And to think I almost didn't download this excellent detective series debut. As a B&N free download with no fanfare, I assumed it would probably be a dud. Wrong.

In the heart of Rome, Commissario Alec Blume investigates the murder of a vegetarian animal crusader in t...
And to think I almost didn't download this excellent detective series debut. As a B&N free download with no fanfare, I assumed it would probably be a dud. Wrong.

In the heart of Rome, Commissario Alec Blume investigates the murder of a vegetarian animal crusader in the midst of traditional and taken for granted political and police corruption. The dead man's wife appears to show more concern for her career as a highly placed politician than for the apprehension of the culprit or culprits. His mistress, however, whose father wields unparalleled power among the criminal elements of the city, wants the perpetrators punished as quickly and painfully as possible, and what she wants her father wills while he most cleverly maneuvers to avoid implicating his daughter, himself, or anyone else he has cause to protect.

The story moves quickly yet it takes the time needed for character and locale development. The author paints an unexpectedly gritty picture of the Eternal City, bringing it down to earth for those who have not traveled there.

There are two mysteries here: 1) that related in the book; 2) why the publisher allowed it to be given away. Thank you, publisher Bloomsbury USA, and thank you, B&N.

Having read The Dogs of Rome, go to author Conor Fitzgerald to buy Book #2. You won't regret it. Alec Blume, in spite of himself, grows on you, and so does this darker Rome.

For the record, neither Bloomsbury nor B&N solicited this review in any way. I'm just a NOOK owner who happened upon a treasure and wants to to share it.

posted by the_curious_reader on June 1, 2011

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9 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Didn't read.

I didn't like the language from the get go. I don't read books with bad language. If a writer can't express themselves without swearing they aren't worth reading. I can handle a light swear word once in a while. But not what I was reading in the beginning of this book. ...
I didn't like the language from the get go. I don't read books with bad language. If a writer can't express themselves without swearing they aren't worth reading. I can handle a light swear word once in a while. But not what I was reading in the beginning of this book. They didn't use that language in the TV production. I liked the show.

Debi

posted by nenris on February 28, 2014

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    Meet Commissario Alec Blume - a great start to a new detective series set in present day Rome!

    I am partial to detective mysteries and especially enjoy those set in exotic locations or historic periods. So, I jumped at the chance to review the first novel in Colin Fitzgerald's Commissario Alec Blume series, The Dogs of War.Set in present day Rome, The Dogs of Rome combines a familiarity with Rome, Roman culture, and Italian politics with a strong and complex detective mystery. Alec Blume is a flawed but engaging character - and a fine detective. When faced with an unusual murder scene, he systematically searches for the truth - wading through corrupted evidence, ignoring pointed directives from his superiors and pressure from both the political elite and powerful players in the criminal world.Alec Blume isn't just driven by a desire to learn the truth - he is sufficiently worldly and the reader realizes that there is more to him than that. But for his cynicism, Blume has a strong appreciation of the innocent and the good, and an appeal to his better self leads him to promise to find the truth no matter where it leads. It leads the reader to on a fascinating chase with unexpected twists and a satisfying conclusion. I thoroughly enjoyed The Dogs of Rome by Conor Fitzgerald and am looking forward to reading more adventures of Commissario Alec Blume.

    ISBN-10: 1608190153 - Hardcover
    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; First Edition edition (March 2, 2010), 400 pages.
    Review copy provided by the publisher and through LibraryThing Early Reviewer program.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Great read - don't miss it

    I loved the complex, multi-layered, very human, imperfect Roman world the Dogs of Rome immersed me in. A world in which no one was all American simple apple pie-like, but a much more complicated dish that has been served in Italy since Rome emerged.There is no black and white in the friendship, love, loyalty, hatred, jealousy and devotion the cast of characters experience.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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