A playful dog finds a bone at the outset of this mystery set in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Chief Inspector Mario Silva of the federal police based in Brasilia and his team of investigators, Hector Costa and Arnaldo Nunes, are called in. The bone is human and the investigators soon unearth a clandestine cemetery. Someone has secretly disposed of the bodies of unknown human beings, often interred in family groups. And in Sao Paulo, it turns out, many patrons of a local travel agency have never reached their North American destinations. The motive for these mass murders is completely contemporary and completely appalling.
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"Lovers of suspenseful and sophisticated crime novels will be rewarded." - Publishers Weekly.
"Starred Review. Gages second Mario Silva mystery is an impressive follow-up to an excellent debut, with an equally compelling plot, fascinating characters, and a story so real and chilling, its hard to image it happening anywhere else but Silvas Brazil." - Booklist.
"... Silva and his crew work steadily toward a bang-up ending. For readers who like procedurals set in exotic places." - Library Journal.
"It's a great example of classic good-versus-evil storytelling, with lots of guts, gore, forensic detail, and intrigue along the way." - School Library Journal (Adult Books for Teens)
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Leighton Gage's books are crime novels set in Brazil. The author has lived in Australia, Europe, and South America and traveled widely in Asia and Africa. He visited Spain in the time of Franco, Portugal in the time of Salazar, South Africa in the time of apartheid, Chile in the time of Pinochet, Argentina in the time of the junta, Prague, East Germany, and Yugoslavia under the Communist yoke.
He and his wife spent much of the year in a small town near São Paulo, and the rest in Europe and the United States, where they have children and grandchildren. He died in late July 2013 at the age of 71.
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