THE DOGS OF ROME, by Conor Fitzgerald
The victim's lover is the daughter of a notorious crime lord, and Blume must interview her. Her father takes exception, but Blume keeps on digging, offending the high and connected. A weird, self-described computer genius comes into the investigation, and Blume is convinced he's the killer. But Italian justice often moves in mysterious ways, and the commissario must not only struggle against the killer and a powerful criminal organization, but his own police force. And his own squad. Alex Blume is the perfect mostly-hero, appealing and cerebral, at times inscrutable, and always incorruptible. It's a 5.
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