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Every Bitter Thing (Chief Inspector Mario Silva Series #4)

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    Justice defined

    "To the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet." Proverbs 27:7 Jonas Palhares is sure that he is living in the safest place he could possibly find. After trying some other areas of Rio, Jonas settled on an apartment near the beaches, the beaches to which tourists flocked. Increased police presence and a building with a doorman who would never let anyone in without the permission of a resident, makes Jonas feel very safe. It also makes him careless. When his doorbell rings, Jonas believes it is his girlfriend. It isn't and Jonas dies, a victim of a circumstance he could not have foreseen. In Leighton Gage's newest entry into the Chief Inspector Mario Silva series, the author asks us to look at the things we fear the most. We fear the sudden inexplicable death of a loved one. We fear being caught in circumstances over which we have no control. We fear the randomness of societal mores, that moment when we are confronted by a person whose moral code is defined situation by situation, rather than by the laws of conduct that define a civilized society. Perhaps the bitter thing becomes sweet when we have someone or something to blame for bringing pain and loss into our lives. Does the soul hunger for justice or for retribution? Does either bring peace? The author presents his characters, especially Mario, as people of their time and place. There is corruption in the Brazilian justice and legal systems. Mario is not immune to the possibilities inherent in doing things his way rather than the moral or legal way. Situation ethics was a hotly debated philosophy in the 60's and 70's. Joseph Fletcher built his philosophy on the belief that love is the ultimate law. The love Fletcher espouses is that based on St.Paul's teachings about "agape", unconditional and unchanging love for all people. According to Fletcher, there are no absolute laws. The laws that govern society evolved in order to achieve the greatest amount of agape. Laws can be broken if to do so increases the amount of pure love in the world. Summed up, situational ethics breaks down to the simple and popular notion that the end justifies the means. Joseph Fletcher would have loved EVERY BITTER THING. The reader applauds the resolution, comfortable that all good things come to those who wait for the right moment to act in the spirit of agape. To say that Leighton Gage gets better with each book suggests that the previous books are less than EVERY BITTER THING. They aren't. Gage has the ability to use the same central characters in the same setting and still write different stories as if everything and everyone is new. There is no danger that this series will become stale.

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  • Posted November 17, 2010

    Great series, I highly recommend it.

    This is the fourth book in the Chief Inspector Mario Silva Investigation series.

    Every Bitter Thing stands on its own but I found something special in the first three books that I suggest you read them in order if possible.

    Every Bitter Thing is a fast paced, tightly plotted police procedural. Silva's a great character, justice always prevails but not necessarily by the book.

    I've learned a lot about Brazil through this series. Gage gives a brutal and realistic perspective of the most horrible crimes, criminals and worst of all, the corruption within the different police departments and government officials.

    B&N's asks if I would recommend this for a book discussion, I would, I think all the books in the series would make for an exciting discussion. There's a lot to talk about!

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  • Posted August 11, 2010

    A Great Read

    This book is, in my mind, Mr. Gage's best effort to date. Taking place in Brazil, It is a fast moving and very enjoyable police procedural with a great cast of laid back characters. The imperturbable Chief Inspector Mario Silva is on his game, working well with his colleagues to apprehend a variety of felons. The deputados also provide some really funny lines as they constantly try one-upsmanship on each other. The humor in this book does not detract from the serious fact that there are several grisly murders to solve with an interesting group of suspects. The great and realistic dialog in "Every Bitter Thing" makes one wonder if Mr. Gage himself might have spent a little time in the slammer. This is indeed a fun read and a nice piece of work.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    Highly reccomended

    I have read all of the Mario Silva books and found them all a good read. Every Bitter Thing is the best yet. It is fast moving and suspensful. A truly great book. I highly reccomend it.

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