A Window in Copacabana

A Window in Copacabana

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by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza
     
 

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Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. Three policemen have been killed over the course of a few days. Espinosa, chief of the 12th Precinct, doesn't have much to go on. When the body of a woman connected to one of the dead cops is found on the sidewalk below her apartment window, things get even more complicated, as a reputed "witness"--the wife of a high-ranking government

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Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. Three policemen have been killed over the course of a few days. Espinosa, chief of the 12th Precinct, doesn't have much to go on. When the body of a woman connected to one of the dead cops is found on the sidewalk below her apartment window, things get even more complicated, as a reputed "witness"--the wife of a high-ranking government official--becomes obsessed with the case, and with Espinosa.

Nothing is quite as it first appears as Espinosa finds himself in his old haunts of Leme and Copacabana, and in the all-too-familiar terrain of corruption, greed, and fear.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When three cops are found shot in the head in separate incidents in Garcia-Roza's sultry fourth Brazilian noir (after 2004's Southwesterly Wind), the chief of Rio's 12th precinct, Inspector Espinosa, suspects a single gunman. There are no witnesses, but from her dressing room window, Serena, a government official's elegant wife, sees a purse flung from a window across the street, soon followed by a woman who falls 10 stories to her death. The apparent suicide victim is identified as Celeste, the mistress of one of the murdered policemen. Obsessed with the dead woman, and having money and time, Serena rents Celeste's apartment in an effort to figure out why the tragedy occurred. Meanwhile, Espinosa sets up a special confidential task force reporting to him alone to investigate the crimes. The task force points to corruption in the police department and a coverup, since the three cops all led double lives, but what was at stake? For the mordantly witty, book-loving Espinosa, integrity is paramount. If his involvement leads to inevitable loss, he has the consolation of another job well done. Fans of sophisticated crime fiction with an exotic locale are in for a treat. Agent, Heather Schroder at ICM. (Jan. 10) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
An assassin is picking off Rio de Janeiro cops, and it's up to Espinoza to get down to the nitty-gritty of corruption and greed in the fourth book of the series. Garcia-Roza lives in Rio. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Inspector Espinosa, the imperturbable maverick of Rio de Janeiro's 12th Precinct, matches wits with a serial killer whose path seems to be equally fortuitous. The second murdered Rio cop could be just a coincidence. But the third, also shot in the neck, establishes a definite pattern, though it's a zigzag pattern. While the police are rushing around trying to protect one another, the killer turns to the slain officers' mistresses, coolly dispatching two of them and missing a third only because he mistakenly tosses her friend out her apartment window instead. Never outdone in his care for the ladies, Inspector Espinosa is intent on finding Celeste Cardoso, the surviving mistress. In a remarkable switching of serial-killer roles, however, the hunter becomes the hunted-not of the killer, who maintains an insultingly low profile, but of both Serena Rodes, a government bureaucrat's wife who witnessed the murder-by-window, and the peripatetic Celeste herself, both of whom seem to have amatory designs on the South American Maigret. Which of them will put the moves on him first? Will Espinosa remain faithful to Irene, the graphic designer he met in Southwesterly Wind (p. 62)? And, incidentally, who's thinning the ranks of both the police department and its lovers, and why?Garcia-Roza, who writes like nobody else in the world, has produced altogether the most ebullient and delightful tale of serial homicide you'll read this year.
From the Publisher

“Beguiling.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Deft . . . This is entertainment of a high order, sly and smart, giving away nothing until the final pages.” —The Washington Post

“The imperturbable maverick of Rio's 12th Precinct matches wits with a serial killer whose path seems to be equally fortuitous. . . . Garcia-Roza, who writes like nobody else in the world, has produced altogether the most ebullient and delightful tale of serial homicide you'll read this year.” —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805074383
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
Inspector Espinoza Mysteries Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.96(d)

Meet the Author

A distinguished academic, Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza lives in Rio de Janeiro. A Window in Copacabana is the fourth book in the series; the fifth, Pursuit, was published in winter 2006.

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Window in Copacabana 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
The third assassination has shaken up the Rio de Janeiro police force because they are the targets of this brazen serial killer who shoots his victims from close range but so far has selected bottom of the barrel officers as targets. The killer twists his pattern when he next murders the two mistresses of the dead cops; he went for three but tossed the wrong woman out the window leaving one mistress alive who perhaps can identify this culprit that is if she can be found. 12th Precinct Inspector Espinosa heads the investigation that seems to be going nowhere. However, unlike his superiors who insist on he concentrate on the serial killer, Espinosa searches for the vanished mistress Celeste Cardoso not only in the hope she can provide information leading to the capture of the murderer but also to keep her safe. He also finds a witness step forward as the married Serena Rodes insists she saw the killer toss the victim out the window. Though trying to remain faithful to his Irene and stop the low keyed but deadly killing machine, Espinosa is sidetracked on both counts as the two women he vows to protect seem to compete on who can get him in bed first. WINDOW IN COPACABANA is a terrific police procedural serial killer thriller as unique a tale as a reader will find and not just because of the location. The story line is action-packed as Espinosa works on the case in his crusty take no prisoners manner while finding the women quite the distracter (will he or will he not is the question). Luis Alfredo Garcia-Roza paints a fantastic who-done-it in a world filled with dishonesty and avarice. Harriet Klausner