This is #1 in a series of books set in Rio de Janiero and that feature a Chief Inspector Espinosa; I both did and did not like this book; the story is interesting enough and moves quickly enough that it was difficult to put the book down; but the story is Agatha Christie style (where you get all the clues handed to you) instead of being a police procedural where you never know who did it or why because something can and often does appear totally out of the blue near the end; the result of its being in Agatha Christie style is that it was not complex enough to mask the identity of the bad guy and I figured it out way before the end without even trying; worse, the presentation of the story leaves a lot to be desired, including a lot of totally unnecessary text in which people wander around parts of Rio that are carefully named as a silly way to introduce some atmosphere; but mainly the problem is that the author tells the reader lots of things that the police don’t know and thereby messes up the discovery process; worse, the book stops quite a way before the actual story ends, so that motivations are poorly (if at all) explained and the ending situation for most of the characters is quite unresolved; book #2 in this series might clear up all these loose ends but somehow I doubt it.
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