An Inspector Espinosa Mystery
Elsewhere $29.67 $23.17 Save $6.50 (22%)
Free shipping Australia wide
Order now for Christmas delivery
|Format: ||Paperback, 288 pages|
|Other Information: ||black & white illustrations|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 March 2004|
A Rio de Janeiro ThrillerA retired policeman spends a typically alcohol-filled evening with his girlfriend, a prostitute. When he wakes up the next morning, his wallet and car key are missing, his girlfriend has been murdered, and he can remember none of the events of the previous night. Inspector Espinosa, veteran detective and friend of the ex-cop, is convinced there's more here than meets the eye, and when other bodies begin turning up, he finds himself not only racing after a killer but falling in love.
About the Author
A distinguished academic, Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza is a critically acclaimed, bestselling novelist who lives in Rio de Janeiro. The next book in the Espinosa series, Southwesterly Wind, is forthcoming from Henry Holt.
Steamy Brazilian heat, colorful Rio de Janeiro streets, and personal calamities surround Inspector Espinosa's (The Silence of the Rain) latest case-that of a murdered prostitute. The prime suspect, an alcoholic ex-cop who remembers nothing of the night in question, is a friend of Espinosa's, so they both search for an incriminating lost wallet. After a street kid comes forward with possibly useful information, another homeless boy is murdered by mistake. Espinosa readily connects the two murders as the action and tension quicken. An exciting procedural, infused with exotic ambience, sympathetic detectives, and a little romance. Strongly recommended for most collections, especially where readers like their mysteries in foreign settings. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
In Brazilian Garcia-Roza's second meandering mystery to feature Inspector Espinosa (after 2002's The Silence of the Rain), an old friend, retired officer Vieira, calls on the taciturn Rio de Janeiro cop for help. Vieira has been tied-literally, in a sense-to the murder of a prostitute named Magali, found suffocated, her head in a plastic bag and her feet tied with Vieira's belt. Vieira doesn't deny that he spent time with Magali, but he was too drunk on the night in question to remember a thing. Another prostitute, Flor, decides to look after Vieira after he's brutally attacked, though that such a woman would commit herself to an old policeman on a pension is unconvincing. Espinosa starts tracking down leads, including a street kid who might have stolen Vieira's wallet. One boy living on the streets is set on fire; another has his head bashed in. It's clear that someone is desperate, but who and why remain unanswered questions. Meanwhile, Espinosa meets an attractive artist, Kika, and he struggles over the difference in their ages. Several beautiful literary turns of phrase are nearly lost in the extensive mechanical descriptions. The befuddling, sluggish plot, however, does finally stumble into an exciting ending. (June 9) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
If Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote crime fiction, he might create a detective like Inspector Espinosa. "The Baltimore Sun"" "If Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote crime fiction, he might create a detective like Inspector Espinosa." --The Baltimore Sun If Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote crime fiction, he might create a detective like Inspector Espinosa. The Baltimore Sun" "If Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote crime fiction, he might create a detective like Inspector Espinosa." --"The Baltimore Sun" "If Gabriel Garci a Ma rquez wrote crime fiction, he might create a detective like Inspector Espinosa." --"The Baltimore Sun" "If Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote crime fiction, he might create a detective like Inspector Espinosa." --"The Baltimore Sun"
21.84 x 13.94 x 1.73 centimetres (0.36 kg)|
15+ years |