Blood of the Wicked
By Leighton Gage
(Soho Crime, Paperback, 9781616951801, 324pp.)
Publication Date: September 4, 2012
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Chief Inspector Mario Silva of Brazil's Federal Police is a good cop in a bad system--Brazil's justice system is rife with corruption, and constantly a beat behind criminal elements. But Silva and his team of colorful sidekicks--baby-faced GonCalves, who is irresistible to lady witnesses; chubby, crass NuNes; Mara Carta, the chief of intelligence with a soft spot for Mario--crack their difficult and sometimes ugly cases with pizazz.
In the interior of Brazil, landless workers battle the owners of vast "fazendas." When a visiting archbishop is assassinated, Mario Silva is called upon to investigate. Then a newspaper owner, a TV journalist, a landowner's son, and a priest are brutally killed. In a country where dead street kids are known as "hams," justice is scarce.