He is there to consecrate a new church. Inspector Silva seems to hang around and watch others solve the crime and he appears to be a bystander that receives the benefit of the investigation by others. Gelukkig werd het in de tweede helft wel wat beter en het boek is overall wel oké, ma Dit boek viel me helaas tegen. He is a man who has also been motivated by vengeance. Is it the type of protagonist? He is married with four daughters. The books' greatest appeal, though, is Silva. If you like mysteries, this is a series to investigate.
A bishop was flown in by helicopter to consecrate a new church and then was assassinated in cold blood. Also, the humor content goes up. The pope himself has called Brazil's president; the pressure is on Silva to perform. And what if he had? En bref : je vous le conseille si vous aimez les thrillers! The writing is well paced, and the ending satisfies. Unfamiliar locations carry the plus of teaching about cultures and customs. The characters are well drawn out. Gage makes reference to the murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was shot while offering Mass in San Salvador.
Those sworn to serve and protect the people are the worst perpetrators of violence against the innocent. The story has torture, corruption, murder, male prostitution, rape and various other crimes. It has all the ingredients I love in a crime book: interesting and somehow exotic yet familiar location you get to feel and know, robust characters who set the pace for the story, enough action, lots of detail, and a perfect pace. We get introduced to Mario's past, seeing how he began with the police, the horrible event that drove him to it, and learn about his sense of justice. To the politicians who try to influence Silva, that means finding the killer among the landless workers. It is only through his separateness, along with the assistance of his nephew, Hector Costa, that Silva can manage to separate the threads running through this case.
They looked up at him, shielding their eyes against the morning sun. Here, the blades are sharpened to the max. No wonder Brazil fell under a military dictatorship between 1964 and 1985. Silva and his team seem to be one step behind what's going on but at the same time, you can see that he has an idea about what is going on. The story has torture, corruption, murder, male prostitution, rape and various other crimes. As the murders begin to pile up, Mario and his team are always one step behind the killers, and he finds that he isn't the only one to take action into his own hands.
As author Gage lived in different countries for extended periods, he got the chance to learn multiple languages. But, Mario, Hector, and Arnaldo seem pretty determined not to rest until they find and catch the person responsible for the mass murders. A full review will be coming when I finish the other two, and there is absolutely no doubt that I shall be reading Wow, what a book! One of the major issues in the area has to do with a government policy that allows landless peasants to have squatter's rights on any property that is not being used productively. But Silva and his team of colorful sidekicks--baby-faced Gonçalves, who is irresistible to lady witnesses; chubby, crass Nuñes; Mara Carta, the chief of intelligence with a soft spot for Mario--crack their difficult and sometimes ugly cases with pizazz. I must admit that in the huge tableau the author proposes this might have been a nearly impossible task. Another was protecting those with political connections. Assisted by his nephew, Hector Costa, also a federal policeman, Silva must battle the state police and a corrupt judiciary as well as criminals who prey on street kids, the warring factions of the Landless League, the big landowners, and the church itself, in order to solve the initial murder and several brutal killings that follow.
Silva is a sympathetic protagonist, though not without his personal demons. As he steps forward to greet his people a bullet wound appears on his chest and then a second shot takes off part of his head. Other than his own series of mystery books, author Gage has collaborated in writing a Portuguese nonfiction work titled O Filme Publicitrio. I read the 3rd novel in the series last year for the Global Challenge because it was the only one my library had. Chief Inspector Mario Silva is a man of principle. I really enjoyed this one.
There's enough political intrigue and double crossing to spread over an entire continent. Gage's books aren't just mass produced paperback mysteries, but are almost like commentaries or exposés. This book is extremely violent and many of the descriptions of violence are abhorrent. Gelukkig werd het in de tweede helft wel wat beter en het boek is overall wel oké, maar heb besloten de andere delen niet te gaan lezen. Whoops, sorry for going off topic there. The wealthy buy the complicity of the police this could never happen here; of course not who are as greedy and power hungry as their payers. In January 2014, the seventh book, The Ways of Evil Men, will be published.
No problem going off topic, and you are not really going off topic anyway. In fact, there is much to recommend it, in particular about the clash between very rich and very poor. He ends up in the federal poli A trip to a very violent town in rural Brazil. The author does a pretty nice job working in asides to explain Brazilian culture and law. In the remote Brazilian town of Cascatas do Pontal, where landless peasants are confronting the owners of vast estates, the bishop arrives by helicopter to consecrate a new church and is assassinated. He was murdered in a brutal street robbery when Silva was a child back in 1978.
Orlando Muniz, the psychopathic landowner and mass murderer, is allowed to drift to his death over the famous Ignaçu Falls into the Devil's Throat as the Federal police hover overhead in a helicopter. There are plenty of suspects, a lot of bodies piling up, and corruption in the legal system working against any progress towards a solution. About the Book Blurring the distinction between literary fiction and crime fiction, this is a book that will inform readers, and needs to be read. Very good, a good fast-faced thriller with a lot to say, and well-done. There is a Federal group Brazilian Federal Police and State Police.