The Spies by Luis Fernando Verissimo

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There are no hierarchies of true and false in The Spies. The whole is a frolic in absurdity, yet has a coherence reminiscent of a cryptic crossword clue...
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A frustrated publisher receives a mysterious angst-ridden manuscript: 'a friend' must send it in installments; its contents would put the author in danger. As he pieces together the story, he learns that the author is the wife of one of the two Martelli brothers - gangsters who dominate a small town in the Brazilian interior. Surely her dark outpourings are a cry for help? One by one, he dispatches his motley collection of friends to Frondosa - a town totally obsessed with five-a-side football - to investigate and to bring her to safety.
 

About Luis Fernando Verissimo

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Luís Fernando Veríssimo is a satirist, cartoonist, translator, television writer, saxophonist, playwright and novelist. With over sixty published titles, he is one of the most popular of contemporary Brazilian writers. Margaret Jull Costa has translated into the English more than 35 books, including Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago's "All the Names" & "The Tale of the Unknown Island", Antonio Perez Reverte's "The Flander's Panel", Fernando Pessoa's Book of Disquiet" & Luisa Valenzuela's "Bedside Manners". She lives in London.
 
Published October 25, 2012 by MacLehose Press. 208 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Hannah Rosefield on Nov 10 2012

There are no hierarchies of true and false in The Spies. The whole is a frolic in absurdity, yet has a coherence reminiscent of a cryptic crossword clue...

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