Buried Strangers (Chief Inspector Mario Silva Series #2)

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"A playful dog unearths a human bone in a field outside the city of Sao Paulo. Mario Silva, Chief Inspector for Criminal Matters of the Federal Police of Brazil, based in Brasilia, the capital, and his team of investigators, Hector Costa and Arnaldo Nunez, are called in. The local police may not be as interested in solving crimes as they are." "They soon discover a clandestine cemetery. And then another. Someone has recently and secretly disposed of the bodies of hundreds of human beings whose identities are unknown. But the report of the Medical ...
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Overview

"A playful dog unearths a human bone in a field outside the city of Sao Paulo. Mario Silva, Chief Inspector for Criminal Matters of the Federal Police of Brazil, based in Brasilia, the capital, and his team of investigators, Hector Costa and Arnaldo Nunez, are called in. The local police may not be as interested in solving crimes as they are." "They soon discover a clandestine cemetery. And then another. Someone has recently and secretly disposed of the bodies of hundreds of human beings whose identities are unknown. But the report of the Medical Examiner reveals that the corpses were often interred in family groups." It turns out that many customers of a local travel agency have never reached their North American destinations. The motive for these mass murders is completely contemporary and completely appalling.
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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the Chief Inspector Mario Silva series:

“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

Publishers Weekly

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.)

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Library Journal

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
School Library Journal

Adult/High School

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569476147
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Chief Inspector Mario Silva Series , #2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 638,754
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Leighton Gage is married to a Brazilian woman and spends part of each year in Santana do Parnaiba, Brazil, and the rest of the year in Florida and The Netherlands. He is the author of two novels in the Chief Inspector Mario Silva series.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Pretty good, but very slow moving

    The story is old, I won't read any more by this author

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Wonderful

    What an entertaining read!
    I received this book directly from the author and I'm very glad I got a chance to review it. What first attracted me to the story was its location. It's not very often that detective novels take place in Brazil, which made it stand out from the crowd. I loved the gritty atmosphere, the detailed descriptions of the country's underbelly, and the use of the language throughout the pages that never gets too repetitive or distracting.
    The characters are not as important as the plot, but still we get a good glimpse at private lives and of one particular character who is anything but usual and more than a little disturbing.
    The pace is quick, never allowing for boredom and never including extraneous information that might make the reader sigh and wish he or she were doing something else. The writing style itself is straight-forward, as you would expect in a mystery/thriller novel.
    I can highly recommend this book, (this whole series, really) to all the fans of crime shows and novels, and as soon as I finish with this I am going to start the next part in the series, Dying Gasp.

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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.

    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.

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  • Posted December 23, 2008

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    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 Klausner

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