A Brazilian bestseller, this sophisticated story of murder, sex, and corruption introduces a riveting new crime series.
In a parking garage in the center of Rio de Janeiro, corporate executive Ricardo Carvalho is found dead in his car, a bullet in his head. It appears that he has been robbed and murdered. But the clues are few. The gun and his briefcase are nowhere to be found -- just the kind of case that is always assigned to Inspector Espinosa. Not your typical detective, the world-weary Espinosa has the mind of a philosopher, the heart of a romantic, and enough experience to realize that things are rarely as they first seem.
As Espinosa attempts to unravel the mystery of what really happened to Carvalho and his secretary, Rose, who disappeared shortly afterward, he discovers that the businessman had recently taken out a million-dollar life insurance policy. And there's another complication: Espinosa's attraction to Carvalho's beautiful widow, who is also one of the prime suspects. When two more bodies turn up, Espinosa is forced to shift the investigation into high gear before anyone else becomes a casualty.
Hurtling to a surprising and satisfying conclusion, The Silence of the Rain is an intelligent, unconventional detective novel with a distinctly Latin American flavor and a colorful, exciting locale. In Espinosa, America is about to meet an irresistible new sleuth.
About the Author
Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza is a bestselling novelist who lives in Rio de Janeiro. His Inspector Espinosa mysteries—The Silence of the Rain, December Heat, Southwesterly Wind, A Window in Copacabana, Pursuit, and Blackout—have been translated into six languages and are available in paperback from Picador.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What starts as a workmanlike mystery novel quickly becomes a haunting account centered around Detective Espinosa, a bookish, uncorrupted police veteran. The deceased becomes so in an enigmatic event and the story quickly entwines his secretary Rose, his elegant wife Bia, his somewhat mysterious business colleague Lucena, a street sharp Max, and a handful of other characters each of whom is properly fleshed out and returns to the action often enough to keep them straight. The story seems unsolvable until very late, and while unpredictable, leaves a number of questions outstanding--if having all the loose ends and plot mentions tied up and explained at the end is important, do not read this book. The references to Rio de Janeiro are palatable and not overwhelming--only in one spot does the author annoyingly inventory a series of inscrutable street names for half a page. If anything, the author's juxtaposition of the Detective's personality and wanderings through the city and characters, mixed with the setting, go to pointing to the huge range of unseen lives all being experienced together in a compact geography.