The Namesake (Commissario Alec Blume Series #3)

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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 Romea message of defiance and intimidation from a powerful crime syndicate.

Commissario Alec Blume, interpreting the reference to his other ongoing casea 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....

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Overview

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 Romea message of defiance and intimidation from a powerful crime syndicate.

Commissario Alec Blume, interpreting the reference to his other ongoing casea 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 his partner, Caterina, Blume takes a backseat. And while Caterina embarks on questioning the Milanese widow, Blume has had an underhand idea of his own to lure the arrogant mafioso out of his hiding place ...

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Milanese actuary Matteo Arconti was kidnapped and killed simply because his name was the same as that of a Rome-based magistrate. He was executed as a warning to government officials to butt out of organized crime activities. But the magistrate can't resist pushing back, and he wants Commissario Blume in Calabria, where the movers and shakers of Italian organized crime will convene the next week. So Blume takes on an undercover role, leaving Caterina, his deputy and girlfriend, in a bind with a tangentially related case. Blume's situation looks dire when the 'Ndrangheta crime organization kidnaps him. VERDICT Shifting points of view and locales help clarify a complex storyline and alert readers to an interconnectedness that the police can't hope to see. Fitzgerald's feat of blending Italy's storied past with a contemporary thriller is done extraordinarily well. The third in this exciting series (after The Fatal Touch) juggles multiple storylines and deepens readers' understanding of Alec and Caterina. If your readers loved Michael Dibdin's Aurelio Zen series, get them started on this one. [See Prepub Alert, 3/21/12.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620400128
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Series: Commissario Alec Blume Series , #3
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 616,592
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Conor Fitzgerald has lived in Ireland, the UK, 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. The Namesake is the third in his series of Italian crime novels.

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  • Posted July 29, 2012

    This is the first Comissario Alec Blume story that I have read a

    This is the first Comissario Alec Blume story that I have read and I don't think I would read another. I did not like Alec Blume, his character was a little bland and uninteresting. I did however enjoy the storyline. I love stories about the Mafia and the locale was great. Although it was not my favorite I would definitely recommend this to all my mystery loving friends to decide for themselves.

    Thanks to Net Galley and Bloomsbury.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Best Mafia srory

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