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On a freezing November night Commissario Alec Blume is called to the scene of a shooting.
The victim is Sofia Fontana, the sole witness to a previous killing. Blume's inquiries lead from a professor with a passion for the art of memory to a hospitalised ex-terrorist whose injuries have left her mind innocently blank; from present day Rome's criminal underclass, to a murderous train station bombing in central Italy several decades ago.
Against the advice of his bosses and his own better judgement, Blume is drawn ever deeper into the case, which looks set to derail his troubled relationship with Caterina...
"A one-sitting read, intricately plotted, swiftly paced and resolved in a totally unexpected fashion." —Bookpage on The Namesake
"A gripping mystery and a fascinating look at organized crime in contemporary Italy." —Shelf Awareness
"Fitzgerald provides an insightful glimpse into the machinations of Italian police work and the criminal world." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Blume...is utterly fascinating, his human shortcoming mirroring our own and forcing us to root for him. If you're drawn to Andrea Camilleri's similarly though not so seriously flawed Salvo Montalbano, you'll be equally hooked by Alec Blume." —Booklist