From the book jacket:
Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. Three policemen have been killed over
the course of a few days.
Immediately the police world is thrown into turmoil. Who would risk running
around the city killing cops, even unpopular ones? Espinosa, chief of the 12th Precinct, doesn't
have much to go on..... and nothing is quite as it first appears as he finds
himself in his old haunts of Leme and Copacabana, and in the
all-too-familiar murky terrain of corruption, secret lives, greed, and
This is the fourth book in the Inspector Espinosa series set in the
sultry streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the author's own words, 'Espinosa
is an ordinary man. He is not a hero, he is not always fighting against
dangerous criminals, he doesn't get all the...
Beyond the Book
Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza used to be a Professor of Philosophy at Rio
University in Brazil until, about eight years ago, he decided to try
something new and turned to writing mysteries. He says that he was
attracted to writing mysteries because 'they are the direct descendants of
mythological thought (and ancient Greek poetry), and bring to the center of
the narrative the most intense and fundamental questions of the human being:
death and sexuality. These are also the main concerns of psychoanalysis, one
of the two areas of my academic research.'
He has always lived in
(a Rio neighborhood, on the coast, to the East of the city).
The fifth volume in the series,...