Every Bitter Thing
A Chief Inspector Mario Silva Investigation Set in Brazil
By Leighton Gage
(Soho Crime, Hardcover, 9781569478455, 288pp.)
Publication Date: December 1, 2010
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The son of the Foreign Minister of Venezuela is found dead in his apartment in Brasilia. Due to the political nature of the crime, Chief Inspector Mario Silva of Brazil's Federal Police is called in to investigate. As he delves deeper into the murder, he discovers that a chain of murders have occurred throughout Brazil, all with the same MO: victims are first shot in the stomach, then brutally beaten to death, and, even more puzzling, they were all passengers on TAB flight 8101 from Miami to São Paulo. What sinister motive connects these killings? And why does it appear one passenger on that flight, a fifteen-year-old boy who was later raped and killed in prison, is at the heart of it all?
Leighton Gage is the author of five novels in the Mario Silva series: Blood of the Wicked, Buried Strangers, Dying Gasp, Every Bitter Thing, and A Vine in the Blood. He spends part of each year in Santana do Parnaiba, Brazil, and divides the rest of the year between Florida and the Netherlands. He is married with four daughters.
“The book has clever dialogue, a twisting plot and an adventurous glimpse at the seamy parts of Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Sao Paulo. The case takes Silva and his team all over Brazil in an engaging, fast-paced story that is hard to put away for the night.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Mr. Gage is a hell of a good craftsman.”—New York Journal of Books
Praise for the Mario Silva series:
"Realistic characters that readers can care about. . . . The ultimate story of the haves vs. the have nots."—Detroit Free Press
"Gage smoothly expands his focus on the assassination of an ambitious bishop to encompass the controversial and entirely absorbing issue of whether the clergy should involve themselves in the politics of land distribution among the poor."—The New York Times Book Review
"Highly recommended."—Library Journal, starred review
"Both a powerful political thriller and gripping crime fiction."—South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Terrifically written, intelligent, and powerfully evocative. Leighton Gage is a master storyteller."—Brian Haig, author of The Hunted
"Achieves both a powerful political thriller and gripping crime fiction in his fascinating debut."—Arizona Daily Star