From the Publisher
“The book has clever dialogue, a twisting plot and an adventurous glimpse at the seamy parts of Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Sao Paulo. The case takes Silva and his team all over Brazil in an engaging, fast-paced story that is hard to put away for the night.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Mr. Gage is a hell of a good craftsman.”—New York Journal of Books
Praise for the Mario Silva series:
"Realistic characters that readers can care about. . . . The ultimate story of the haves vs. the have nots."—Detroit Free Press
"Gage smoothly expands his focus on the assassination of an ambitious bishop to encompass the controversial and entirely absorbing issue of whether the clergy should involve themselves in the politics of land distribution among the poor."—The New York Times Book Review
"Highly recommended."—Library Journal, starred review
"Both a powerful political thriller and gripping crime fiction."—South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Terrifically written, intelligent, and powerfully evocative. Leighton Gage is a master storyteller."—Brian Haig, author of The Hunted
"Achieves both a powerful political thriller and gripping crime fiction in his fascinating debut."—Arizona Daily Star
From the Hardcover edition.
It's the victim, not the crime, that concerns the authorities in Gage's gripping fourth mystery to feature quick-witted Chief Insp. Mario Silva of Brazil's Federal Police (after January 2010's Dying Gasp). When Juan Rivas is found shot and beaten to death in his apartment in Brasília, it's "a major political incident" because Juan was the 32-year-old son of the Venezuelan foreign minister. Silva, who's struck by the crime's violence, checks the countrywide database and finds four similar unsolved murders and only a tenuous connection among the victims, who include a petroleum engineer and a social psychologist known for his best-selling books on sex. Aided by his longtime sidekick, Arnaldo Nunes, and the other members of his diverse team, Silva winnows a list of suspects who may also be potential victims. In the end, Gage's policemen are willing to go to extremes, even illegal ones, to achieve justice. (Dec.)
The death of the son of a foreign dignitary in the Brazilian capital of Brasília results in the involvement of the Federal Police, led by Chief Inspector Mario Silva, in this fourth series volume (after Dying Gasp). Under pressure from above, Silva and his team quickly identify a likely suspect but then discover that this death is merely the latest in a series of murders. The only connection among the victims: a month earlier they were all passengers on a flight from Miami. The investigation takes Silva across Brazil and across the social spectrum as well. His team and the story move quickly along various paths to reach a surprising and violent resolution. VERDICT Well plotted and briskly paced, this novel should appeal to both series fans and newcomers.—Dan Forrest, Access Svcs., Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green
Brazilian Inspector Silva (Dying Gasp, 2010, etc.)and his team track the most brutal serial killer he's ever seen.
Petroleum engineer Jonas Palhares is savagely murdered while away from home on a job in a rough Rio neighborhood, and renowned author Paulo Cruz meets the same fate on the resort island of Itaparica. It's not until Juan Rivas, the hedonistic son of Venezuelan foreign minister Jorge Rivas, is shot, then violently beaten, that the work of perhaps Brazil's most violent serial killer first comes to light. To Chief Inspector Mario Silva and detectives Arnaldo and Pereira, the Rivas case looks open and shut. Juan was the lover of his upstairs neighbor, the much older Tomás Garcia, who also happens to be a close friend of Rivas Senior and claims that he once bedded daddy as well. Garcia also admits that Juan spurned him for a younger lover. Silva gets headaches just thinking about the backlash that could follow the scandalous press coverage surrounding a Garcia trial. When the earlier victims are discovered and ballistics matches the bullets in all victims, Silva releases Garcia but faces a larger challenge as he seeks a link between the victims. He finds it in a list of 11 passengers who traveled in business class on Flight 8101 the past November. Even as police are tracking down the rest of the list, the killer continues, adding 8101's flight attendants to his victims.
Silva's solid fourthmoves briskly, with colorful characters and crackling banter between the detectives.