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I just couldn t get on with this probably because I was listening to it on audiobook and there were so many Italian names and titles that I struggled to remember who anyone was Also, the Italian was never translated so that didn t help me with comprehension I also thought that one of the major characters was a Mafia family rather than a man so I was really confused I kept ploughing on, hoping that there would be a Grand Exposition at the end a la Poirot but that didn t happen so I am still bewildered by it all On the positive side, the main character was interesting enough if annoying and I liked the Konrad plot but, on the whole, I found the Mafia storyline disturbing and I felt the loose ends weren t wrapped up adequately. While this is the third book featuring Commissario Alec Blume, The Namesake is the first I have read from this British author Part police procedural part crime thriller, this series is set in Italy and pits Blume,often than not, against the organised crime families of Italy In The Namesake, the body of a man who bears the same name as a Magistrate, is dumped outside of a courthouse in Rome, a threat that Blume attributes to the Ndreangheta Seizing an opportunity that might force Ndreangheta s second in command, Curmaci, to return from Germany, Blume leaves the investigation of the dead body to his girlfriend and colleague, Caterina and reluctantly working with the DSCA, Blume makes a bold move against Curmaci, that has the potential to backfire spectacularly.Corruption, vengeance, loyalty and honour are the main themes explored amidst both the justice and organised crime systems of Italy The main plot involves Blume s desire to bring down Curmaci which is supported by several subplots including the investigation of the namesake killing, the abduction of a young girl, a family tussle for power, the relationship between the sons of Curmaci and his rival Tony, and a man out for vengeance While the events in the novel take place over only a week, and there is a fair bit of action, The Namesake can be dense with detail at times which slows the pace considerably The detail is interesting in and of itself, but does not always contribute directly to the story so I found my attention wavering occasionally Blume is an enigmatic character, while deeply flawed he is also a man with strong principles I never really got a handle on his motivation for his determination to bring down Curmaci, though there is a vague mention of a previous incident between them and I think it must be something I missed, not having read the first two books Of the supportive characters, it was the teenage Ruggerio that caught my attention The son of Curmaci, he is not sure of his position in the Ndreangheta family but eventually he makes decisions that sets his path.The Namesake is a literary crime novel, atmospheric with interesting characters I would have liked to have read the previous titles in the series, The Dogs Of Rome and The Fatal Touch first but The Namesake does still work as a stand alone. [E-pub] ☱ The Namesake ☪ When Magistrate Matteo Arconti S Namesake, An Insurance Man From Milan, Is Found Dead Outside The Court Buildings In Piazzo Clodio, It S A Clear Warning To The Authorities In Romea Message Of Defiance And Intimidation From A Powerful Crime Syndicate Commissario Alec Blume, Interpreting The Reference To His Other Ongoing Casea Frustrating One In Which He S So Far Been Unable To Pin Murder On A Mafia Boss Operating At An Untouchable Distance In Germany Knows He S Too Close To It Handing Control Of The Investigation To His Partner, Caterina, Blume Takes A Backseat And While Caterina Embarks On Questioning The Milanese Widow, Blume Has Had An Underhand Idea Of His Own To Lure The Arrogant Mafioso Out Of His Hiding Place This is a review of the book The Namesake, by Conor Fitzgerald The novel is an Italian crime story, and follows an American born police commissioner, Alec Blume, as he is drawn into the world of the Calabrian mafia.I quite enjoy crime fiction I have a real weakness for a well written whodunnit, and find it easy to lose myself in that atmosphere However, I am unused to Italian crime stories, aside from the odd television series like Inspector Montalbano and Rex in Rome And yes, this does make a difference For example, the judicial processes in Italy are quite different from what you would see in your usual American or British crime story, in that the judiciary are involved in the investigation from the start, rather than just the trial For someone unfamiliar with this, it can take some getting used to.The other thing that makes Italian crime stories different is the common inclusion of the Mafia or other organised crime Again, if you re familiar with how it all works and how those families go about their activities, then that s fine but if you re not, it can be a little bewildering.Of both of these there was some explanation in the glossary at the end, which was definitely welcome For me, though, it didn t quite go far enough while we learnt the equivalents in the UK and US of Blume s position in the police force, there was no explanation of exactly what role a magistrate plays in a criminal investigation Even with my smattering of Italian television, I still don t really understand how that works.This is all a roundabout way of saying that there were some aspects to this book that I had trouble following The intricacies of familial structure within the Calabrian community was a little confusing to my uninitiated mind, and at times I felt there were too many aspects to the narrative Yes, they were all joined up and linked at the end, but it felt a little like a marathon to get them there.That said, like all good crime fiction I did enjoy it Trying not to ruin it for anyone with spoilers, I found the Konrad Hoffman story very enjoyable, and I liked the way we got to know those on different sides of the law, so that their actions becameunderstandable than they would perhaps have been otherwise Alec Blume was an interesting character in his own right, too, and I felt a genuine sadness when he found the burnt remains of his trusty shellac coated suitcase I would have liked to seeof Caterina, and indeed of Matteo Arconti, the murder of whose namesake gave the story its title, but then again this is the third in a series of Alec Blume stories, so perhaps if I were to read the first two I would getof that aspect of his life.All in all, it was an entertaining book When everything came together at the end it was muchsatisfying than I had expected it to be, and I feel I have a much better understanding of not just the Italian police and organised crime, but of Italy itself Sure, it wasn t all flattering, but that made it feel all thereal and all thebelievable If you like crime novels, it s well worth checking out. More of a 3.5 than a 4, but since the ending was better than the beginning, I am feeling generous I have to say, as others have, that Mafia storylines are some of my least favourite in crime novels With Mafia stories, the crime is all cold blooded And all that cloak and dagger stuff just makes me anxious I hate head games.Many of the things I liked about the book were tangential to the main storyline There was a detailed description of a natural remedy for a headache that makes me want to visit Italy immediately just to sample the lemons The contrast of and interplay between the German style arrogance of Konrad Hoffman and the American Italian arrogance of Blume is priceless, and I would have enjoyed seeingof it But in the end, all the senseless, remorseless death made it hard to come away feeling satisfied And Blume s arrogant behaviour is so over the top, there is no joy there, either I can only hope the next book dials it back a little. I really love Donna Leon s books, so I was excited when Shelf Awareness sent me The Namesake an Italian mystery, not to be confused with the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri for review It didn t have the same brilliance as Leon s books, but it was still fun, and the mistaken identity premise was intriguing.In The Namesake, his third Commissario Alec Blume novel, Conor Fitzgerald delves into the mysterious secrets of the Ndrangheta an organized crime syndicate whose constituent families see it as almost a form of religion.It all starts simply enough Blume has been working with magistrate Matteo Arconti to investigate a Roman doctor s suicide, which quickly leads them to the Megale family key leaders in one of the branches of the Ndrangheta Then a Milanese insurance adjustor, also named Matteo Arconti, is found dead outside the court buildings where Magistrate Arconti works Blume and his girlfriend, Inspector Caterina Mattiola, quickly realize the dead Arconti was harmless, his murder a warning from the Ndrangheta to Matteo Arconti the magistrate Read the rest of my review here. This is third in the rather wonderful Alec Blume series and I really enjoyed it Blume, improbably, is an American orphaned in Italy, who manages to become Italian enough to rise to senior rank in the Italian police His almost complete disrespect for the rules begs the question of why he wasn t fired years before he achieve the exalted rank of Commisario but now that he s there we can just sit back and enjoy the ride This time out he becomes involved with the Ndrangheta, the secretive and widespread criminal organization based in Calabria, with hair raising results Apparently it s best to leave some criminals in peace It begins with a murder of a harmless and univolved insurance actuary apparenlty committed simply because he has the same name as a magistrate involved in investigating the Ndrangheta as a warning to him to stop The book takes off from there and ends in spectacular fashion in the dark heart of Calabria Resd the whole series, you won t be sorry. Each time I read one of Fitzgerald s books, I like Commissario Alec Blume a bit less I think this might be my last he s just not an appealing character, and I have a hard time putting in so many hours reading a book about someone I dislike.That s kind of a shame, though, because I think the subject matter is promising, even if the books are a bit too focused on organized crime for my taste I found this one particularly obtuse, though I wish I had noticed that there was a glossary at the end before I finished the book, because all of the ranks within the Italian police and the ndrangheta were difficult to decipher The end was fairly incomprehensible even after getting all the way through the book, I m still not entirely sure what happened.Well written enough although, again,mysterious than necessary and leaving way too much for the reader to infer , but ultimately not something I d recommend. My least favourite so far, but I shall probably persevere. I m torn between giving this book 3 and 4 stars Like other books in the series, I have problems with the lead character, Alex Blume, his actions and his rationales There were parts of this story line that felt unfinished or oddly resolved But it also contain some wonderful characterisations e.g Basile and Ruggiero Even if I didn t believe all the story threads, it was an engaging read.