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The Mystery of Rio
     

The Mystery of Rio

by Alberto Mussa
 

Rio de Janeiro, 1913. The Secretary of the Presidency of the Republic is murdered at the former home of the Marquesa de Santos, known as the House of Exchanges, a sophisticated brothel where secret meetings take place. Under the guise of a medical clinic, the brothel is run by a scientist obsessed with the study of female sexual fantasies. During the criminal

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Rio de Janeiro, 1913. The Secretary of the Presidency of the Republic is murdered at the former home of the Marquesa de Santos, known as the House of Exchanges, a sophisticated brothel where secret meetings take place. Under the guise of a medical clinic, the brothel is run by a scientist obsessed with the study of female sexual fantasies. During the criminal investigation, a forensic expert who frequents the House comes face to face with a rogue from Cais do Porto possibly involved in the murder. The two begin a competition to figure out who is the greatest seducer.

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Publishers Weekly
The narrator of this meandering mystery from Brazilian author Mussa (The Riddle of Qaf) serves on “the Unesco Standing Committee on the Theory and Art of the Police Novel, headquartered in London and financed by Scotland Yard,” and in that capacity becomes entranced by a perfect murder committed in Rio de Janeiro in 1913. The personal secretary to the president of the Republic of Brazil was found bound to a bed and strangled in an unusual brothel run by a Polish doctor who advocated abortion and sterilization. The obvious suspect, the prostitute last seen with the victim, is nowhere to be found, and the investigation comes under the purview of an acclaimed forensics expert. So far, so good. But the book rapidly goes off on a number of tangents—cemetery desecrations, disappearing treasure, female sexual fantasies—that will frustrate those hoping the author had simply followed through on the promising setup. Agent: Ella Sher, Ella Sher Literary Agency (Spain). (Sept.)
From the Publisher
“Great literature.”
—Die Zeit

“Rich, dense, clear — and at times of a perturbing, disquieting obscurity that fascinates.”
—Le Monde des Livres

“One of the most original creations of Brazilian literature.”
—Folha de São Paulo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609451363
Publisher:
Europa
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“Great literature.”
Die Zeit

“Rich, dense, clear — and at times of a perturbing, disquieting obscurity that fascinates.”
Le Monde des Livres

“One of the most original creations of Brazilian literature.”
Folha de São Paulo

Meet the Author

Alberto Mussa was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1961. His father’s family originated from Lebanon and Palestine, and he explores Arab-Brazilian identity in his works. In addition to translating poetry and short stories, Mussa has written several novels about the history of Rio de Janeiro. He has won numerous awards, including the Premio Biblioteca Nacional for Queen Jinga’s Throne (1999) and the Casa de las Américas APCA prize for The Qaf’s Riddle (2004).

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