The Fatal Touch: An Alec Blume Novel
In the early hours of a Saturday morning, a body is discovered in Piazza de' Renzi. If it was just a simple fall that killed him, why is a senior Carabiniere officer so interested? Commissioner Alec Blume is immediately curious and the discovery of the dead man's notebooks reveals that there is a great deal more at stake than the unfortunate death of a down-and-out...What secrets did he know that might have made him a target? What is the significance of the Galleria Orpiment? And why are the authorities so intent on blocking Blume's investigations?
The piercingly intelligent Alec Blume is back. The Fatal Touch is the second in a series of Italian crime novels by the acclaimed Conor Fitzgerald Like the bestselling novels of Andrea Camilleri, Donna Leon, Michael Dibdin and Michele Guittari, The Fatal Touch takes place in the heart of Rome, where the police and criminals vie for control As in The Dogs of Rome, The Fatal Touch has a surprising plot which keeps you guessing and the tension high right to the end
'Set in Rome in the murky world of art forgery, it's beautifully written and has a deliciously laconic sense of humour' Irish Times 'Fitzgerald deals with such familiar material with sparkling originality. ****' Daily Telegraph 'I'm putting my money on Alec Blume becoming the most popular detective of the coming decade' Belfast Telegraph
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 lives in Rome. The Fatal Touch is the second in his series of Italian Crime novels.