Book Quote:

“You think I’m stupid? You think I don’t know how things work in this country? How the rich and powerful get justice and the rest of us can go to hell? … Your superiors are on your necks. You need someone to blame. It’s as simple as that.”

Book Review:

Review by Eleanor Bukowsky  (DEC 06, 2010)

In Leighton Gage’s Every Bitter Thing, Chief Inspector Mario Silva of Brazil’s Federal Police is called in when Juan Rivas, the son of Venezuelan foreign minister Jorge Rivas, is found shot and brutally beaten. This “would be a killing with political implications, the kind of case he hated above all others.” When Silva finds out that Rivas is not the only victim–the national database shows that four other men were slain in exactly the same manner–his next step is to figure out why these particular people were targeted. Knowing the motive, Mario hopes, will quickly lead to a suspect.

Silva, Arnaldo Nunes, Haraldo (“Babyface”) Gonçalves, and Hector Costa, set off on a wild-goose chase involving a shyster lawyer, an unlucky airline flight, a teenager busted for smuggling drugs, a mysterious priest, and a hapless burglar. After interviewing a host of witnesses and following up dozens of leads, the detectives are more baffled than ever. Fortunately, their perseverance pays off when the pieces of the puzzle finally fall into place.

Every Bitter Thing is earthy, cynical, and engrossing. The author revisits some familiar themes, including the chasm between Brazil’s haves and have-nots, the usefulness of “connections,” and the devastating effects of grief. Leighton Gage, who offers ample clues for those who like to guess “whodunit,” also provides colorful characters, witty dialogue, crisp writing, and an exotic setting. Gage knows Brazil, and he gives us a fascinating taste of life there, especially in the demimonde. Mario and his cohorts show once again that the work of a homicide detective is decidedly unglamorous. The long hours, red herrings, lying witnesses, arrogant bosses, and elusive suspects make this a profession suitable only for the most persistent, clever, and patient individuals.

AMAZON READER RATING: stars-5-0from 28 readers
PUBLISHER: Soho Crime (November 16, 2010)
REVIEWER: Eleanor Bukowsky
EXTRAS: Excerpt
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December 6, 2010 · Judi Clark · 2 Comments
Tags: , ,  · Posted in: Brazil, Class - Race - Gender, Sleuths Series, World Lit

2 Responses

  1. Leighton Gage - December 9, 2010

    Thank you very much, Eleanor, for taking the time and trouble to review my novel, “Every Bitter Thing”.
    I am very appreciative of the effort you put into it, and the nice things you had to say about it.
    Best Regards,

  2. booklover10 - December 21, 2010

    You are very welcome. I am enjoying your series immensely.

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