At the start of Gage's intelligent and subtle second mystery to depict life in modern Brazil (after 2008's Blood of the Wicked), Yoshiro Tanaka, a corrupt local policeman, uncovers a secret cemetery in a park near Brasilia that contains more than three dozen corpses, including those of 24 children. Mario Silva, of the Brazilian Federal Police, has an uphill battle persuading his politically sensitive boss, Nelson Sampaio, that the find warrants federal resources. When forensics indicate that the dead were each missing a body part, Sampaio fears rumors that a satanic cult is responsible will harm the country's tourism industry. Tanaka, under pressure from his wife to bring in more money, dutifully tracks down clues identifying some of the dead people. When Tanaka's attempts to extort money backfire, Silva must pick up the pieces of his investigation. Lovers of suspenseful and sophisticated crime novels will be rewarded. (Jan.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Chief Inspector Mario Silva and his team pursue a ring of medical murderers.
When 37 corpses are uncovered in a clandestine cemetery in the Brazilian city of São Paulo, Chief Inspector Mario Silva, introduced in Blood of the Wicked, must find the motive behind this mass murder. Despite the political underhandedness and police corruption that mark Brazilian life, Silva and his crew work steadily toward a bang-up ending. For readers who like procedurals set in exotic places. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ9/1/08.]
Jo Ann Vicarel
In this second book featuring Chief Inspector Mario Silva, Gage takes readers back to the scene of the original crimes, the gritty streets of São Paulo. The story begins with the discovery of a human bone by a dog out walking with his owner, and Inspector Silva and his team are called in to investigate. This innocent opening soon spirals into a bizarre and creepy investigation fraught with corruption, human-organ theft, and a cemetery's worth of victims. The sweaty, inherently shady backdrop of Brazil's largest city is a fabulous setting for the mystery. The book is characterized by deadpan dialogue and prose that has an almost film noir feel. The simple but riveting style makes this a page-turner and stands in stark contrast to the brutal murders and long trail of dead bodies. Fans of Gage's first Silva mystery will enjoy this one just as much, and it can also be read as a stand-alone title. It's a great example of classic good-versus-evil storytelling, with lots of guts, gore, forensic detail, and intrigue along the way.-Caitlin Fralick, Ottawa Public Library, Ontario
“Realistic characters that readers can care about.”—Detroit Free Press
“A gritty police procedural that benefits from its offbeat locale and an impressive tapestry of believable characters.”—Kirkus Reviews
“New and convincing.”—Mystery Scene
“Gage's compelling novels are good examples of how talented crime writers use the police procedural form to lay bare a society.”—Indianapolis Star
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