A Vine in the Blood by Leighton Gage
(Chief Inspector Mario Silva)

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It is the eve of the FIFA World Cup, the globe’s premier sporting event. The host country is Brazil. A victory for the home team is inextricably linked to the skills of the country’s principal striker, Tico “The Artist” Santos, the greatest player in the history of the sport. All the politicians in Brasilia, from the President of the Republic on down, have their seats squared-away for the finale, when they hope to see Argentina, Brazil’s bitterest rival, humbled by the Brazilian eleven. But then, just three weeks before the first game, Juraci Santos, Tico’s mother, is kidnapped. The star is distraught. The public is appalled. The politicians are outraged. And the pressure is on Chief Inspector Mario Silva to get her back.

Suspects aren’t lacking. Among them, are a cabal of Argentineans, suspected of having spirited the lady away to put Tico off his game, the star’s gold-digging, top-model girlfriend, whom his mother dislikes and has been trying to get out of his life, his principal rival, who wants to play in the World Cup in Tico’s place, and the man whose leg Tico broke during a match, thereby destroying his career. In the end, Silva and his crew discover that the solution to the mystery is less complex - but entirely unexpected.

About Leighton Gage

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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.
Published December 27, 2011 by Soho Crime. 289 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A high-profile kidnapping captures national attention and puts a spotlight on the detectives trying to rescue the victim.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Chief Inspector Mario Silva, the Brazilian police detective featured in a series of hard-hitting, atmospheric procedural novels by Leighton Gage, is known as "the sharpest criminal investigator in [the] country."

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New York Journal of Books

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“A Vine in the Blood is a hell of a lot of fun. It is a work that appeals to the senses, in particular visually. . . . Mr. Gage is a master of the procedural who paints with a fine brush, using the tools he needs to craft a fine novel—and no more.”

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The resolution has a number of unexpected elements to it, and in the end, the "deft and in-depth management of the case and intuitive crime-solving skills" are attributed to — no surprise here — Silva's superior, the Director of the Federal Police.

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