FOREIGN GODS, INC. is one of those rare books that has you laughing and crying at different intervals. It is well-written, excellently characterized and the story line is near perfect. I enjoyed this reading experience immensely.
Leighton Gage, who spent a great deal of his time in Brazil, used his extensive knowledge of the country’s political, economic, and social climate to create an outstanding series of police procedurals. His latest, The Ways of Evil Men, published posthumously, opens with a heartbreaking scene. Anati, a member of the Awana tribe who live in the rainforest, goes hunting with his eight-year-old son, Raoni. When the two return to their village they discover that all thirty-nine members of their tribe are dead. Who killed these men, women, and children? Jade Calmon, an employee of the federal government’s National Indian Foundation, will not stop asking questions until she learns the truth. Since the local law enforcement authorities have no love for the Awana, Jade is forced to pull strings in order to bring in the big guns: Mario Silva, Chief Inspector of the Brazilian Federal Police, Arnaldo Nunes, Silva’s partner, and a support team that includes other agents and an assistant medical examiner.
Australian author Garry Disher has a solid reputation for his Inspector Challis police procedurals, but on Disherâ€™s other creative side of the law, thereâ€™s also the Wyatt series. Wyatt, a methodical, cool and collected anti-hero is a Melbourne crook, and Disherâ€™s Wyatt series is frequently considered by crime aficionados as an Aussie counterpart to Robert Parkerâ€™s Stark series. Wyatt, a heist novel, is the seventh book in the series and it appears after a 13-year-break.
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.
Author Leighton Gageâ€™s third Chief Inspector Mario Silva mystery Dying Gasp centres on a Brazilian snuff film ring. Iâ€™ve read all three of Gageâ€™s novels and while they tackled different social problems in Brazil, DYING GASP is the darkest, grimmest to date. Given the subject matter, that shouldnâ€™t be too surprising. If you havenâ€™t tried the Mario Silva novels yet, and if you enjoy series detective novels with an international, social/political theme, then give Leighton Gage a try. His novels are a cut above most of the detective novels on the market.
Mon Dieu! Elegant Parisian PI, Aimee Leduc, owner of Leduc Detective Agency is back for Murder in the Rue de Paradis, the eighth mystery from author Cara Black. Itâ€™s August 1995, and to Parisians, that means itâ€™s vacation time and everyone who can leave the city departs from the dust and heat for friendlier climes. Aimee, however, isnâ€™t taking a vacation. Sheâ€™s just landed a big contract, and feeling pleased with herself, she heads back from her late business meeting. On her way home, out of the blue, Aimeeâ€™s former lover, investigative journalist Yves Robert shows up without explanation.