The Namesake : An Alec Blume Novel, Paperback Book
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When it comes to murder it's all in a nameWhen magistrate Matteo Arconti's namesake, an insurance man from Milan, is found dead outside the court buildings in Piazzale 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 now live-in and not-so-secret partner Caterina Mattiola, Blume takes a back seat.

But while Caterina questions the dead man's widow, Blume has an underhand idea of his own to lure the arrogant mafioso out of his hiding place...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9781408831564

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 I started this on audiobook in the car, but after a disc and a half I just wasn't getting on with it. i now see it is the third in a series, which may explain the sensation of having missed a whole pile of information somewhere. I didn't like the use of Italian phrases with no explanation when I don't speak sufficient Italian to know what they meant. OK, so it was set in Italy & based on a mafia case, but don't assume I know enough to understand the strange titles of those in the various groups, sub groups and goodness only knows what that this got into. I was very lost. And the narrator did sound convincing. The magistrate was supposedly in his 60s, but was read as a doddery old man sounding decades older. Not for me, so abandoned.

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