Writer: Leighton Gage
Challenge: 2011 Global Reading Challenge
Genre: Mystery/Police Procedural
How I read it: Kindle
Synopsis: In this second book featuring Chief Inspector Mario Silva, Gage takes readers back to the scene of the original crimes, the gritty streets of São Paulo. The story begins with the discovery of a human bone by a dog out walking with his owner, and Inspector Silva and his team are called in to investigate. This innocent opening soon spirals into a bizarre and creepy investigation fraught with corruption, human-organ theft, and a cemetery's worth of victims. The sweaty, inherently shady backdrop of Brazil's largest city is a fabulous setting for the mystery. The book is characterized by deadpan dialogue and prose that has an almost film noir feel. The simple but riveting style makes this a page-turner and stands in stark contrast to the brutal murders and long trail of dead bodies. Fans of Gage's first Silva mystery will enjoy this one just as much, and it can also be read as a stand-alone title. It's a great example of classic good-versus-evil storytelling, with lots of guts, gore, forensic detail, and intrigue along the way.—Caitlin Fralick, Ottawa Public Library, OntarioMy Thoughts: The writing is great, the mystery is wonderful, the characters true to life. This writer has a mystery series that rivals all the top names. One of the best things about the book is the setting--Brazil. Gage takes us to Sao Paulo in this novel and readers get a glimpse into the lives of the rich and poor and corrupt.
I must warn you, some parts in this book are really disturbing. In the book, a mass gave containing many including children was discovered. Perhaps I wouldn't have been so affected if I didn't live in Mexico. But, recently there have been mass graves found near where I live and the reasons given in this book (though slightly different) sent chills up my spine.
A topic discussed in the book is human-organ theft--a topic that I'm sure many feel is urban legend but in my opinion, it happens. Also, class distinctions are discussed--how the poor view the rich and how the rich view the poor or those from different cultures. I see that distinction shown even here in Mexico.
Could the events described in this book have happened? Yes.
Did they happen?
Does that make me sad?
Does that make the book powerful?
Will I read another of his books? Yes!