The Memory Key (Commissario Alec Blume Series #4)by Conor Fitzgerald
In the latest Commissario Alec Blume novel, our hero is called in by old friend magistrate Principe to "shadow" an investigation into the attempted murder of a former fascist terrorist responsible for a public bombing thirty years earlier. This investigation is adjacent to another: the murder of a young woman on the university campus of Rome. The apparent link
In the latest Commissario Alec Blume novel, our hero is called in by old friend magistrate Principe to "shadow" an investigation into the attempted murder of a former fascist terrorist responsible for a public bombing thirty years earlier. This investigation is adjacent to another: the murder of a young woman on the university campus of Rome. The apparent link between these two crimes is an articulate, learned, and thoroughly crazy professor called Pitagora, who teaches both literature and a system enigmatic memory techniques. Professor Pitagora is up-front about his political beliefs, but could his strange psychological program be masking something important?
All the investigators know the two crimes form part of the same nexus, but Blume believes he can find clues through the Professor. If only he were actually assigned to this case...
Meanwhile, Blume has been living with Caterina and not finding it easy - or rather, poor old Caterina is not finding it easy living with him. Will the strains in their relationship lead Blume astray? And can he successfully navigate the ranks of his distrustful colleagues, a rocky relationship, and a high-profile investigationall without crossing the line?
A woman is shot dead in Rome. The crime is linked to a terrorist bombing two decades earlier. In his fourth outing (after The Namesake), Commissario Alec Blume of the Polizia de Stato hasn't been officially assigned to the investigation—it's the business of the Carabinieri (Italian military police), not the polizia—but he agrees to shadow it for a friend, a magistrate, to ensure the Carabinieri don't bury the case. Around the working out of a complicated puzzle that involves politics, academics, and love, Fitzgerald inserts sly asides about life and people. One that will especially appeal to any librarian is this: asked what Blume has on his lap at a meeting, he says that it's a Kindle, "a sort of unfriendly book." VERDICT A solid mystery with appealing characters.
Meet 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 lives in Rome. The Memory Theater is the fourth in his series of Italian Crime novels.
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