By Conor Fitzgerald
Alec Blume returns to motion during this complicated and heart-pounding new novel. With the aid of his affiliate Caterina, Blume is named to the scene of a loss of life attached to a spate of muggings. notwithstanding the Carabinieri-military police-are attempting to keep an eye on the research, Blume, by no means one to bow to authority, pursues it his personal way.When it turns into transparent that the sufferer is an artwork forger, enemies-and hidden treasures-begin to emerge. hoping on previous buddies and intuitions, Blume hurls himself into the heart of the secret, risking his task, his neck, and near to somebody who trusts him.Immersed in its old-world surroundings and written with enjoyable aspect approximately inks and signatures and the instruments of forgery, it is a riveting novel, with wealthy characters and a fabulous conclusion.Conor Fitzgerald is the writer of The canine of Rome, additionally that includes Commissario Alec Blume. He has lived in eire, the uk, the us, and Italy. He has produced a present affairs magazine for overseas embassies dependent in Rome, and based a profitable translation corporation. he's married with young ones and lives in Rome. compliment for The canine of Rome: "A sizzling-hot debut that deftly weaves jointly corrupt politicians, geared up crime, and centuries-oldtradition."-Entertainment Weekly"Conor Fitzgerald is a category act … a true find."-William Boyd
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She would have to phone Elia soon, make sure he was OK. As she counted the windows, a pair of brown shutters swung open and a head bobbed out, then back in again. When it reappeared, it was in the company of two more. The three heads gave a friendly nod to the shutter to the left as it opened and another head appeared. She looked at the cairn of cobblestones, neatly piled there as if for a well-organized riot later that afternoon. She picked one from the top, turned it over, and glared at its gray underside.
Two, maybe. ” “Don’t forget to give them to the technicians before they go,” said Blume. “But for now, I want you just to stand here. ” said Blume. “I don’t. Nothing out there to pray to. But I find it helps if you just stand as if you were praying. It gives a bit of respect back to the victim and helps empty your mind of noisy thoughts. It’s not the same thing as concentrating. ” He stood there, hands behind his back, head bowed, and she did the same, conscious of the risk that this could be a humiliating initiation rite and Rospo might right now be snapping photographs of her solemn, prayerful pose for the office bulletin board.
She looked at the cairn of cobblestones, neatly piled there as if for a well-organized riot later that afternoon. She picked one from the top, turned it over, and glared at its gray underside. Was she supposed to be looking for blood, matted hair, bone fragments? Maybe the killer used a cobblestone to batter the victim, but what sort of killer would then put the weapon back in the pile, ready for discovery? Throw it into the river, sure; dump it in a garbage container, maybe, or even just roll it under a parked car.
The Fatal Touch: A Commissario Alec Blume Novel by Conor Fitzgerald