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.
Praise for Leighton Gage's Mario Silva series:
"Top notch ... controversial and entirely absorbing."—The New York Times Book Review
"A dark, violent book with characters that seethe on the page ... compelling writing. Readers will smell the steam and stench of the Amazon and recoil from the torture and depredation from which Gage averts his lens, barely in