The Silence of the Rain by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza
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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 rarely as 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.


About Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

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A distinguished academic, Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza is a critically acclaimed, bestselling novelist who lives in Rio de Janeiro. The first book in the Espinosa series, The Silence of the Rain (Picador 0-312-42118-4), was published last year by Henry Holt; the next will be published in 2004.
Published July 9, 2013 by Henry Holt and Co.. 274 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The case assumes new urgency when Rose’s mother is tortured and strangled (no doubt about whether she’s been murdered), but even then, Espinosa, who doesn’t let grass grow under his feet—he’s soon taken Alba’s well-toned body to bed—is still more in the dark than his readers.

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In this unusual, deadpan thriller, the first of a trilogy by a bestselling Brazilian writer, Inspector Espinosa of the Rio de Janeiro police department, a jaded intellectual who'd rather visit a used bookstore than a crime scene, must catch the murderer of Ricardo Carvalho, a corporate executive ...

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