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

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

by Conor Fitzgerald


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

On a hot summer morning, Arturo Clemente is sloppily murdered in his Roman apartment by a mysterious slasher. When his wife, an eminent politician, finds his body, she swiftly springs into action--by calling the Ministry of the Interior.

By the time police inspector Alec Blume arrives at the scene, evidence has been collected, command taken, and, in short--his investigation has been compromised. As the details of the case continue to trickle out, Blume soon realizes he is being watched from on high--and that solving this crime may be the least of his worries. Losing sleep and unsure who to trust, Blume feels the case spinning out of control: does anyone involved even want justice? At what price will it come? And who runs this town--the police, the politicians, or organized criminals?

In this riveting novel, we are introduced to Blume, an American expatriate and seasoned police veteran. Intelligent yet sometimes petulant, instinctive yet flawed, Blume is a likeable and trustworthy protagonist for this, the first installment of a gritty and promising series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781408809921
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
Publication date: 04/28/2011
Series: Commissario Alec Blume Series , #1
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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 still lives in Rome.

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The Dogs of Rome (Commissario Alec Blue Series #1) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
the_curious_reader More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I watch most of the police/detective shows on TV so this story was pretty much up my alley. It was hard to keep up with the different incidents that were taking place in the story but in the end all things began to add up. Was also interesting, whether it's true or not, how the big city of Rome was rule and control by "mob" bosses and not the police dept., but I suppose you could say the same for any large city, ie, New York City.
gl More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was bored most of the time. I found the plot difficult and the characters hard to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was hard to understand the relationships of the characters. Too much thinking behind the scenes and not enough scenes. Not recommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. It is very hard to not tell you what happens in it so i will shut up
bookaholicNC More than 1 year ago
This book is twice as long as it should be. The plot meanders and meanders and introduces umpteen different characters. The protagonist knows he is surrounded by incompetents but he doesn't do much about it. It does provide good insight into Italian bureaucracy. Maybe I have been spoiled by reading everything Donna Leon ever wrote.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intense and well written crime story happening in foreign Italy. Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story held your interest. It was a fast read.
Divia1 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and can not wait until I read the next on. The book has you at the edge of your seat until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different to your average murder .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nope not for me
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Am anxious read more of the Alec Blume series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it
barbO112 More than 1 year ago
I usually enjoy just about any mystery, but I could not get into this one and quit after about p. 50. The writing did not draw me into the story.
Sirach More than 1 year ago
eventually gives enough of backstory to get a feel for protagonist. Important, since this is 1st of series. Found how Italian police force works very interesting. Am looking forward to rest of series.
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Wouldnt want to visit there again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago