Blackout: An Inspector Espinosa Mystery

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A Rio de Janeiro Thriller

With no witnesses and no weapon, it seems like the case of the one-legged homeless man found lying in a cul-de-sac on São João Hill, shot through the heart, will remain unsolved. But Chief Inspector Espinosa can't shake thoughts of the hapless victim—who would target a penniless man who posed no physical threat? Focusing his incisive mind and his usual unhurried inquiry on a group of wealthy guests who dined at a nearby mansion on the rainy night ...

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Overview

A Rio de Janeiro Thriller

With no witnesses and no weapon, it seems like the case of the one-legged homeless man found lying in a cul-de-sac on São João Hill, shot through the heart, will remain unsolved. But Chief Inspector Espinosa can't shake thoughts of the hapless victim—who would target a penniless man who posed no physical threat? Focusing his incisive mind and his usual unhurried inquiry on a group of wealthy guests who dined at a nearby mansion on the rainy night of the murder, Espinosa interrogates his way into the lives of his suspects, exposing lies, cover-ups—and another murder.

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Editorial Reviews

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"If Gabriel García Márquez wrote crime fiction, he might create a detective like Inspector Espinosa."—The Baltimore Sun

Praise for the Inspector Espinosa Series:

"This is entertainment of a high order, sly and smart, giving away nothing until the final pages."—The Washington Post Book World on A Window in Copacabana

"Engrossing and captivating . . . This policeman, with his existential sensibility, his exotic beat, and his literary merid, seems poised to join the ranks of the great modern international fictional cops."—San Francisco Chronicle on The Silence of the Rain

"Pleasurably addictive . . . One of those tricky mind games you can never be sure you've really solved."—The New York Times Book Review on Pursuit

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312428860
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • Series: Inspector Espinosa Mysteries Series , #6
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

LUIZ ALFREDO GARCIA-ROZA, a distinguished academic, is a bestselling novelist who lives in Rio de Janeiro. The Espinosa mysteries have been translated into five languages. This is the sixth book in the series.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

    L.A. Garcia-Roza is well worth reading

    BLACKOUT continues the Chief Inspector Espinosa series, set in Rio, and is one of the best in the series. A homeless man with one-leg is found dead, shot in the heart, in a cul-de-sac of very expensive homes. A dinner party had been held the night the man was killed and the police interview the guests. From that point the story unfolds, revealing a childhood trauma, mistaken identity, false identities, a second murder and the mental unraveling of one of the guests. The story is complicated and the conclusion is even more so. I am going to start the series again to pick up things about Espinosa I may have missed on the first read. Espinosa is a bibliophile; he spends a lot of time in bookstores. To house all his books he has built a bookcase made of books. Garcia-Roza is well-worth reading.

    E. Crowley

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