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The Dogs of Rome by Conor Fitzgerald
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Jun 23, 2011

really liked it
Read in June, 2011

Good doggie. While a criminal dogfighting operation sets this book in motion, it is a wonderful set of characters that distinguishes this generally low-key crime procedural set in Rome. This is not the Rome of picturesque fountains and palaces. This is the Rome of the streets, populated by shopkeepers and waiters; punks, enforcers, and crime bosses; honest and less-than-honest cops; journalists; and politicians. At the heart of the book is Alec Blume, born in the United States, who moved to Italy with his parents as a child. Now an inspector with the Italian State Police, he finds himself investigating the murder of the husband of a state senator, who is an activist against dogfighting. He also finds himself dealing with the byzantine Italian justice system, Italian politics, and his own past. The characters are superbly drawn, the plot leisurely but not lazy, and the suspect a real piece of work. Highly recommended.
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