In this accomplished and riveting thriller, police inspector Alec Blume battles organized crime, political pressure, and his own demons as he investigates the death of Arturo Clemente. Blume, a clever American expatriate with a disposition against authority, soon realizes that he is being watched from on high. Forced to negotiate with powerful, suspicious people on all sides of the law, Blume must rely on instinct, drive, and luck to find the killer.
The Dogs of Rome is both a thrilling detective story and a vision of underground Rome. Blume is a perfect hero for this story: intelligent but flawed, cynical but unafraid. He is a trustworthy and compelling protagonist for this first installment in a gritty and promising series.
Conor Fitzgerald is the author of the forthcoming The Fatal
Touch , also featuring Commissario 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 :
"Commissario Blume is the most appealing detective to come along in years. His genius is that he isn't a hero or an antihero, but the kind of living, breathing human being that you only find in the very best novels, detective or otherwise. The Dogs of Rome is an irresistible and wholly original piece of crime fiction."Joseph Weisberg, author of An Ordinary Spy and 10th Grade
“A sizzling-hot debut that deftly weaves together corrupt politicians, organized crime, and centuries-old tradition.” —Entertainment Weekly
“All of the players in the novel come across as completely believable, because the author avoids the stereotypical, and emphasizes the quirkiness in both large and small characters. The fast-moving plot has several interesting twists, and the tone is tongue-in-cheek. This is the first in a series of Commissario Blume novels, and anyone who reads this one will be looking forward to the next.” —San Francisco Book Review
“Guaranteed to whet the thirst of international crime fiction fans. This promising debut is reminiscent of early Michael Dibdin, and that is more than enough to put Fitzgerald’s series on your radar.” —Booklist
“Impressively plotted…those who like gritty crime thrillers with a European flair will be well rewarded.”—Publishers Weekly
“Commissario Blume is the most appealing detective to come along in years. His genius is that he isn’t a hero or an anti-hero, but the kind of living, breathing human being that you only find in the very best novels, detective or otherwise. The Dogs of Rome is an irresistible and wholly original piece of crime fiction.”—Joe Weisberg, author of An Ordinary Spy and Tenth Grade