The Silence of the Rain

The Silence of the Rain

A Novel

Book - 2002
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A Brazilian bestseller, this sophisticated story of murder, sex, and corruption introduces a riveting new crime series. In a parking garage in the center of Rio de Janeiro, corporate executive Ricardo Carvalho is found dead in his car, a bullet in his head. It appears that he has been robbed and murdered. But the clues are few. The gun and his briefcase are nowhere to be found - just the kind of case that is always assigned to Inspector Espinosa. Not your typical detective, the world-weary Espinosa has the mind of a philosopher, the heart of a romantic, and enough experience to realize that things are rarelyas they first seem.As Espinosa attempts to unravel the mystery of what really happened to Carvalho and his secretary, Rose, who disappeared shortly afterward, he discovers that the businessman had recently taken out a million-dollar life insurance policy. And there's another complication: Espinosa's attraction to Carvalho's beautiful widow, who is also one of the prime suspects. When two more bodies turn up, Espinosa is forced to shift the investigation into high gear before anyone else becomes a casualty.Hurtling to a surprising and satisfying conclusion, The Silence of the Rain is an intelligent, unconventional detective novel with a distinctly Latin American flavor and a colorful, exciting locale. In Espinosa, America is about to meet an irresistible new sleuth.
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, c2002.
ISBN: 9780805068894
0805068899
Branch Call Number: GARCI
Characteristics: 261 p. ; 22 cm.

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Jan 10, 2012

This is #1 in a series of books set in Rio de Janiero and that feature a Chief Inspector Espinosa; I both did and did not like this book; the story is interesting enough and moves quickly enough that it was difficult to put the book down; but the story is Agatha Christie style (where you get all the clues handed to you) instead of being a police procedural where you never know who did it or why because something can and often does appear totally out of the blue near the end; the result of its being in Agatha Christie style is that it was not complex enough to mask the identity of the bad guy and I figured it out way before the end without even trying; worse, the presentation of the story leaves a lot to be desired, including a lot of totally unnecessary text in which people wander around parts of Rio that are carefully named as a silly way to introduce some atmosphere; but mainly the problem is that the author tells the reader lots of things that the police don’t know and thereby messes up the discovery process; worse, the book stops quite a way before the actual story ends, so that motivations are poorly (if at all) explained and the ending situation for most of the characters is quite unresolved; book #2 in this series might clear up all these loose ends but somehow I doubt it.

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