When magistrate Matteo Arconti’s namesake, an insurance man from Milan, is found dead outside the court buildings in Piazza Clodio, it’s a coded warning to the authorities - a clear message of defiance and intimidation. Commissioner Alec Blume, all too familiar with Rome’s criminal underclass, knows little of the Calabrian mafia currently under investigation by the magistrate. Handing control of the murder inquiry to his partner Caterina Mattiola, Blume goes in search of answers, setting off on a journey into the deep dark south of Italy....
Whom ever decided not to use Saul Reichlin as narrator should be shot. John Guerrasio is not in the same league as a narrator. He might just be ok in a short story but not in a novel of this length.
I really enjoyed the first three Alec Blume stories and have recommended them several times to others. This one I may have to read as a book to discover if it has any merit.
I strongly suggest you listen to a sample before buying as it is not easy on the ear.
Alec Blume is an amusing complex character who seems despite himself, and with very little help from the various branches of the Italian police, to be able to untangle the Medusa-like puzzle he is determined to solve. Amusing., well-described characters and landscapes makes this a good story that also gives some insight into many aspects of Italian society.
It took some time to become comfortable with John Guerrasio as narrator, but he did a good job with telling the tale, giving the characters voice and the action come alive.
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