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The Memory Key by Conor Fitzgerald
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Speaking of "memory," I believe the author forgot how to write a good book. I read and enjoyed the second and third books in this series, so I had reasonable hopes for this one. Unfortunately, all elements--plot, characters, and even the beautiful setting of Rome (which is barely described)--disappoint here.

The previous books give glimpses into the selfish, unethical, and curmudgeonly character of the protagonist. This latest book really fleshes him out as basically an asshole in both his professional and personal lives. I can bear that (e.g. with Inspector Morse) if the mystery is solid and compelling. In this case, however, the mystery is halfhearted, with illogical conclusions, loose ends, and unresolved questions.

I have lost interest in reading subsequent books in this series. ( )
  librarianarpita | Jun 17, 2014 |
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"In the latest Commissario Alec Blume novel, our hero is called in by old friend magistrate Principe to "shadow" an investigation into the attempted murder of a former fascist terrorist responsible for a public bombing thirty years earlier. This investigation is adjacent to another: the murder of a young woman on the university campus of Rome. The apparent link between these two crimes is an articulate, learned, and thoroughly crazy professor called Pitagora, who teaches both literature and a system enigmatic memory techniques. Professor Pitagora is up-front about his political beliefs, but could his strange psychological program be masking something important? All the investigators know the two crimes form part of the same nexus, but Blume believes he can find clues through the Professor. If only he were actually assigned to this case...Meanwhile, Blume has been living with Caterina and not finding it easy--or rather, poor old Caterina is not finding it easy living with him. Will the strains in their relationship lead Blume astray? And can he successfully navigate the ranks of his distrustful colleagues, a rocky relationship, and a high-profile investigation--all without crossing the line?"--Publisher's statement on Amazon.… (more)

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