Critical acclaim for Rio Noir , edited by Tony Bellotto :
"In the latest entry to this globetrotting series, a man goes for a tarot reading and winds up poisoned by the daughter he never knew he had. And that's just one story in a collection that takes us down the mysterious alleys and mazy favelas of Rio, just in time for the Olympic Games."
O, the Oprah Magazine
"The latest installment of Akashic's geographically wide-ranging mystery series lands in Rio de Janeiro, a city whose famous imagerythe massive statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf mountain, the beautiful beachesconstitutes the public face of the city, but behind lurks a 'world of shadows, blood, intrigue, violence, hideouts, and mystery'...A good introduction to writers of the region and to the dark side of a very sunny place."
"As Rio de Janeiro prepares to host the 2016 summer Olympics amid fears of the Zika virus, this anthology of 14 dark and violent short stories set in the Brazilian city might give prospective visitors more reasons to be concerned...A solid addition to Akashic's acclaimed noir series."
"Bellotto has assembled here a winning cast of writers whose own procurers, colonels, cops, traffickers, socialites, slum-dwellers, embezzlers, tourists, detectives, journalists, politicians, assassins, outlaws, and coup-plotters jump off every page and into your bed. This anthology is delicious and deliciously discomforting."
Words Without Borders, included in The Watchlist
"These clever, well written stories are for anyone who wants to get a 'behind the scenes' look at Rio, where drugs, violence, sex and murder are major themes. All of these stories show Rio as a city that is teeming with life, even if some of it is dark and shadowy."
Bellotto has no trouble discovering dark doings in what he describes as "the most populous city in Brazil, the Americas, the Portuguese-speaking world, and the entire Southern Hemisphere."São Paulo's size and diversity give this volume's 14 storytellers room to roam. There's tony but fading Ciadade Jardim, where Amelinha lives out her declining years with the help of her maid in Ilana Casoy's "Boniclaide and Mrs. Als." And there's modern, fast-paced Mooca, where Jô Soares' detective probes the death of an elderly woman who comes to São Paulo to visit her niece in "My Name is Nicky Nicola." But from genteel Panamerica to rough and tumble Baixo Augusta, what stands out in Bellotto's volume is the placement of women at the center of many stories. In addition to Boniclaide, there are three other maids: Cléo and Lena, who clean hotel rooms in Vanessa Barbara's "Cross Contamination," and Dulcinea, who works for the flaky title character in Mario Prata's "Teresão." There are prostitutes, including the crafty Cínthia in Ferréz's "Flow," the gentle but nameless girl from Minas Gerais in Marcelo Rubens Paiva's "The Final Table," and the feisty, unforgettable heroine of Drauzio Varella's "Margot." Women's stories are often family stories. In editor Bellotto's "Useless Diary," a young woman searches for her twin brother, and in "The Force Is With Me," co-written by veteran author Beatriz Bracher and 17-year-old Maria S. Carvalhosa, a teenager from Rio gets to know her maiden aunt. But women on their own can be dangerous, as Olivia Maia points out in "Coffee Stain."In the year of #MeToo, Bellotto's Akashic entry has a timely feel, giving noir a host of feminine faces.