The Fatal Touch (Commissario Alec Blume Series #2)

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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)
Library Journal
Rome's Commissario Alec Blume suspects there is more to an old bum's death than too much drinking when his body is found in the street. Blume's instincts are spot-on as the victim—a homicide?—turns out to be Henry Treacy, an infamous art forger. Quite good at his craft, Henry left behind a detailed set of notebooks that people might kill to obtain. Blume's assistant, Insp. Caterina Mattiola, is flummoxed by her boss's unorthodox methods, but she has enough intuition to trust him. The danger ratchets up dramatically when the corrupt and powerful Col. Orazio Farinelli from the Art Forgery and Heritage Division makes it clear that he can and will kill people who hide notebooks from him. VERDICT The search for the authentic goes beyond art in this outstanding police procedural. Recommend for readers who relish a police ensemble cast (first introduced in The Dogs of Rome) just starting to gel. Donna Leon and Louise Penny fans would probably like this one, as might the Dan Brown art thriller crowd.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608193295
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Series: Commissario Alec Blume Series , #2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,015,827
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet 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.

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