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Posted February 15, 2010
Leighton Gage engages the reader
Leighton Gage's first book, BLOOD OF THE WICKED, starts with the assassination of a Catholic bishop; from the first pages it is a book that can't be put down. Gage's second book, BURIED STRANGERS, begins with a dog and a bone and secret cemeteries. It, too, is a book the reader will not want to put down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Chief Inspector Mario Silva and his team are investigators for the federal police in Brazil. Although based in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, most of the action takes place in Sao Paulo. As with BLOOD OF THE WICKED, the author creates an atmosphere and sense of place by the descriptions of the unimaginable poverty of a favela, the neighborhoods of the destitute, and the lavish, protected mansions of those who need not answer for the source of their affluence.
More cemeteries are found, with rows and rows of graves, and DNA proves that families are buried together. These are not the graves of the "disappeared", those critics of the government who vanished without a trace. These are more recent, and in such great numbers, that Silva and his team know that these people are victims of greed and a lack of humanity beyond the worst instincts of the majority of mankind.
The author builds the story on some of the greatest accomplishments of science and the inevitable perversion of the talents of those who can best improve the lives of some of society's most desperate people. That the author does not keep the reader in the dark throughout the novel only makes the end more satisfying.
Chief Inspector Silva is a worthy member of the club that includes Garcia-Roza's Espinosa, Mankell's Wallender, Grimes' Jury, Wilson's Falcon, Vargus' Adamsburg, and Rankin's Rebus.
I look forward to the next book in this series.
Posted December 23, 2008
an exciting whodunit
In the Brazilian Rain Forest near Sao Paulo, Brazil, Herbert the ¿Mop¿ sheepdog finds a human bone. His owner Hans escorts local cop Yoshiro Tanaka, pathologist Gilda Caropreso, and others to the location of a grave. They soon realize they have found an unmarked mass grave site.<BR/><BR/>In Brasilia, Federal Police Chief Inspector Mario Silva persuades his reluctant boss Nelson Sampaio to allow him and his top investigators Hector Costa and Arnaldo Nues to look into the mass graves in spite of the politically connected supervisor wanting the case buried before it harms tourism and his career. Each victim including the two dozen children had a body part removed leading Sampaio to fear a cult involvement will keep the westerners home and he will have to answer why. While Tanaka tries to extort money from his inquiries, Silva and his comrades begin to tie the deaths to the Sao Paulo travel agency whose customers were allegedly heading to North America, but never left the country. The killer remains unknown.<BR/><BR/>The second Brazilian police procedural (see BLOOD OF THE WICKED) is an exciting whodunit made more fascinating by the corruptness of Tanaka. The story line is fast-paced while providing readers with an intriguing look at the country¿s largest city. Fans will be engaged with this tense crime caper as the local cop competes with the Federal Police trying to uncover the identity of the culprit for different reasons; one wants to make a lot of real money while the others want to solve the case.<BR/><BR/>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 12, 2012
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Posted February 13, 2011
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