Dying Gasp (Chief Inspector Mario Silva Series #3)

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"The granddaughter of a prominent and wealthy politician from Recife has disappeared, together with her girlfriend. For Chief Inspector Mario Silva's boss, no case could be more important due to the political implications, so Silva and his team are told to make this seemingly trivial case of apparent runaways a priority investigation." "The trail leads from the beach at Recife - from which Maria and her somewhat older girlfriend were lured by promises of modeling careers - to Manaus, a jungle hellhole on the Amazon. Maria is being held captive in ...

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Overview

"The granddaughter of a prominent and wealthy politician from Recife has disappeared, together with her girlfriend. For Chief Inspector Mario Silva's boss, no case could be more important due to the political implications, so Silva and his team are told to make this seemingly trivial case of apparent runaways a priority investigation." "The trail leads from the beach at Recife - from which Maria and her somewhat older girlfriend were lured by promises of modeling careers - to Manaus, a jungle hellhole on the Amazon. Maria is being held captive in a bordello where no one believes her claims that she is the daughter of a prominent family. But unlike the other girls there, who have submitted to their fate, Maria is intransigent; she will not service men even if she is punished for her defiance. Her principal concern is the whereabouts of her girlfriend who has vanished." Silva and his team must overcome the obstacles set in his path by his own department of the Brazilian Federal Police as well as the corruption of local cops before he can obtain a semblance of justice.

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Chief Insp. Mario Silva does battle with not only criminals but also incompetence and corruption within the Brazilian bureaucracy in Gage's darkly violent third mystery to feature the wry, competent Silva (after 2009's Buried Strangers). The case of a missing teenage girl normally wouldn't involve the Brazilian Federal Police, unless the girl, Marta Malan, is the granddaughter of Deputado Roberto Malan, a powerful politician. Marta's disappearance is tied to a kidnapping and to a vile but lucrative international trade in underage girls, prostitution, and the making and distribution of snuff films. The trail leads to Manaus—the worst city in Brazil for crooked cops, poverty, and crime. While Marta, resourceful and brave, tries to avoid her fate, Silva and his small team of top cops try to ferret out her whereabouts before it's too late. Ruthless when necessary and under no illusions about the broken system within which he works, Silva is the right man in the right place. (Jan.)
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Praise for the Chief Inspector Mario Silva series:

“Intelligent and subtle. . . . Lovers of suspenseful and sophisticated crime novels will be rewarded.”—Publishers Weekly

“An impressive follow up to an excellent debut. . . . Gage’s talents include not only captivating characters and realistic plots, but also an intensely realized sense of place and an unrelenting fast pace.”—Booklist

“Highly recommended.”—Library Journal, starred review

“Both a powerful political thriller and gripping crime fiction.”—Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Breathtaking. . . . A book you can’t afford to miss.”—Louise Ure

“Terrifically written, intelligent, and powerfully evocative. Leighton Gage is a master storyteller.”—Brian Haig

“As rich and complex as Brazil itself.”—Rebecca Pawel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569476130
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Chief Inspector Mario Silva Series , #3
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    Wonderful

    This is the third book in the series, a captivating look at the child-prostitution trafficking in Brazil. The author was kind enough to offer me both this book and the second one and I am very thankful. I truly enjoyed it.
    The writing was as concise as the first one, but the story was even more thought out, the complex plot lines merging and weaving together in an almost seamless fashion. It was fast paced without being manic, and I for one, never found myself bored or confused.
    The characters are the best part of these two books. The main character Mario Silva, is a quirky mix of charisma, sarcasm and intelligence, and the supporting detectives, or agents, provide plenty of comic relief in a book that could easily have become too depressing for the common reader. The villain, whose identity I will not reveal because I don't want to ruin it for anyone, is fantastic. I highly enjoyed following her/his (if I say the genre, it's too easy) depraved plots.
    What I enjoy most in these books is the clarity in the writing. There is no attempt to fool the reader, only to tell a story well. That to me, is refreshing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    A Great Series

    This is the third mystery novel (in a series of five) that I have read, and all three have kept me totally engrossed and enthralled. The plots are complex and interesting and the characters are well-developed. The settings in Brazil are not the beaches of Rio, but Sao Paulo, Brazilia, Manaus, etc. If you are a fan of police mysteries, this is definitely top-notch reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    3.75 stars for Dying Gasp

    I found it interesting to read. Mr. Gage handled the horrible situation in a direct way.

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    Posted February 13, 2011

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