An Inspector Espinosa Mystery

Book - 2008
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The murder of an anonymous beggar on a cobblestone street in the wealthy precincts of Copacabana haunts Inspector Espinosa in this "beguiling" series ("The New York Times Book Review")

With no witnesses and no weapon, it seems like the case of the one-legged homeless man found lying in a cul-de-sac on Sao Joao Hill, shot through the heart, will remain unsolved. But Chief Inspector Espinosa can't shake thoughts of the hapless victim--who would target a penniless man who posed no physical threat? Focusing his incisive mind and characteristically unhurried inquiry on a group of affluent guests who dined at a nearby mansion on the stormy night of the murder, Espinosa carefully interrogates his way into the lives of his suspects, exposing lies, cover-ups--and further mysteries.

When the body of a prominent young urbanite is discovered in a scandalous state of undress, Espinosa must find the unlikely connections between two murders with no apparent witnesses or motive. Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza turns up the heat in this novel, supplementing his seductive prose with psychological twists and steamy secrets that lead to the unexpected climax.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2008.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780805079609
Branch Call Number: GAR
Characteristics: 243 pages ; 22 cm.


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Jun 09, 2015

Poor character development, simplistic plot. I've read lots of good murder mysteries. This is not one of them.

Jan 10, 2012

This is #6 in a series of books set in Rio de Janiero and that feature a Chief Inspector Espinosa; the Rio street names are less of a clutter here than in previous books in the series; the main problem with this book is that there are one or two leaps in the story that are completely unexplained; you want to say “when did they learn that and how?” but the author probably did not work out his answers to such questions and included those elements because he couldn’t figure out a clearly-logical way to bring the story to a conclusion; for shame.

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