The Memory Key

The Memory Key

Book - 2013 | First U.S. edition.
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Blume is called 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: New York : Bloomsbury, 2013.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781620401118
Branch Call Number: FITZG
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 25 cm.


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Dec 11, 2016

The Memory Theater (2013)
(The Memory Key)
(The fourth book in the Commissario Alec Blume series)

Feb 02, 2016

The Fatal Touch (second in the series about American-born Italian Commisario Alec Blume) was so good that it was truly a shock that The Memory Key seemed incoherent, jumpy and sloppy. It also appeared that it had not been proofread by anybody (typos all over the place plus many missing helping verbs making sentences incomprehensible). The characters also seemed lackluster and didn't relate to each other, not that any of them was interesting on any level. Sad.

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