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The Dogs of Rome: A Commissario Alec Blume Novel (The Alec Blume Novels) Paperback – May 17, 2011

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“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.” ―

“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

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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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 1608190544
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloomsbury USA; Reprint edition (May 17, 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781608190546
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1608190546
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.39 x 1.03 x 8.29 inches
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