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The Fatal Touch

A Commissario Alec Blume Novel

by Conor Fitzgerald

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The Fatal Touch by Conor Fitzgerald
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2011
    384 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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Alec Blume returns to action in this intricate and heart-pounding new novel. With the help of his associate Caterina, Blume is called to the scene of a death connected to a spate of muggings. Though the Carabinieri - military police - are trying to control the investigation, Blume, never one to bow to authority, pursues it his own way.

When it becomes clear that the victim is an art forger, enemies - and hidden treasures - begin to emerge. Relying on old friends and intuitions, Blume hurls himself into the center of the mystery, risking his job, his neck, and just about anyone who trusts him.

Immersed in its old-world setting and written with satisfying detail about inks and signatures and the tools of forgery, this is a riveting novel, with rich characters and a spectacular conclusion.

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"Starred Review. The search for the authentic goes beyond art in this outstanding police procedural." - Library Journal

"Intriguing touches such as the tools a forger has in the kitchen and a strong sense of Rome's environs enrich the intelligent plot." - Publishers Weekly

"Fitzgerald uses art history to get inside his characters’ heads, exposing inner lives in painterly roundness.... This is already a series every fan of the Italian crime novel needs to know." - Booklist

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Conor Fitzgerald

Conor Fitzgerald is the author of The Dogs of Rome, also featuring Commissario Alec 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.

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