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Politics and Murder in Brazil,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Every Bitter Thing (A Novel of the Brazilian Federal Police) (Kindle Edition)The fourth novel in Leighton Gage's Mario Silva series finds the Brazilian chief inspector and his Federal Police team sent to the scene of a particularly brutal and politically sensitive murder: Juan Rivas, the son of the Venezuelan foreign minister, has been shot once in the abdomen and then beaten to death, leaving his body barely recognizable. The pressure from above for a quick solution will be heavy, and in fact, the delegado of the civil police is sure that he has solved the case already, when he discovers Rivas's gay lover living in the apartment one floor down. Open and shut.
But, then, it isn't. Other murders are discovered, their victims scattered in other cities and having no apparent relationship to Rivas or his love life. When ballistics tests show one gun involved in the shootings, then Silva and his crack team must go to work and discover the connection. The investigation leads them into some of Brazil's largest cities and into the countryside, and even requires the assistance of a Miami detective friend of Silva's. The conclusion is not what one expects.
This excellent series continues to showcase Gage's ability to convey the genuineness of his Brazilian setting, and the interplay of the various governmental agencies, particularly the police force rivalries. The book has the feel of authenticity that comes from an author's intimate knowledge of his setting. Who but a local would know that the bombastic ruler of neighboring Venezuela is known as The Clown in the streets of Sao Paulo? Mr. Gage's wife is Brazilian, and they spend a part of every year in that country. His familiarity with the nuances of Brazil's day-to-day customs is reflected in his work.
EVERY BITTER THING is a welcome addition to the annals of Chief Inspector Mario Silva.