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December Heat: An Inspector Espinoza Mystery…
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December Heat: An Inspector Espinoza Mystery (urspr publ 2000; utgåvan 2003)

av Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza (Författare)

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The second in the acclaimed Brazilian series featuring Inspector Espinosa, the detective hailed by critics for "his existential sensibility, his exotic beat, and his literary merit" ( San Francisco Chronicle ) A retired policeman spends a typically alcohol-filled evening with his girlfriend, a prostitute. When he wakes up the next morning, his wallet and car key are missing, his girlfriend has been murdered, and he can remember none of the events of the previous night. Called in to investigate is Inspector Espinosa, veteran detective and friend of the ex-cop. It's a seemingly open-and-shut case, but Espinosa is convinced there's more here than meets the eye, and when other bodies beginturning up, he finds himself not only racing after a killer but falling in love.The first Espinosa mystery, The Silence of the Rain, won over American audiences with its steamy evocation of exotic Rio de Janeiro, its singular narrative approach, and, above all, its highly appealing protagonist. In December Heat, the second in this atmospheric, erotic series, Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza once again delivers a story as unusual as it is complex, with a resolution sure to elude-and ultimately delight-even the most discerning crime readers.… (mer)
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Titel:December Heat: An Inspector Espinoza Mystery
Författare:Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza (Författare)
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (2003), Edition: 1st, 288 pages
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Betyg:****
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The first Inspector Espinosa mystery I read, I think. Espinosa investigates in Rio de Janeiro, in the many neighborhoods but mostly, it seems, Copacabana. The author captures the lyrical quality of Brazilian life in this city and beyond.

A prostitute winds up dead. An ex-policeman was last seen with her and can't remember much of the night before. Investigating is Inspector Espinosa, who doesn't choose to accept the obvious solution. He knew the ex-cop and can't connect him with this kind of violence.

When other bodies show up, notably that of a homeless boy, Espinosa starts to make some connections, and seeks out another homeless boy, who may have the answer.

An excellent procedural mystery with plenty to wonder about and much to enjoy in the evocation of the various scenes. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
A retired policeman's prostitute girlfriend is found murdered and Inspector Espinosa teams up with the former cop to find the killer, but when a misunderstanding causes the mob to suspect they are drug-dealers, they have to perform their investigation and fight off a hit-man at the same time. This is the second Espinosa novel I read but I think this is it for me, even though I like Espinosa himself quite a lot. This one has a lot of great descriptions of street life in Rio de Janeiro, which I enjoyed immensely, but the mystery itself is meandering and confusing and the resolutions are not satisfying at all - the solution to the first murder is even annoying. Also, if someone can tell me how that elevator scene actually worked, that'd be great. Unless the elevator was the size of a football field, how can two people be fighting on the floor without bumping into Espinosa, other than occasionally brushing his leg, and how can he not quite easily help out - there are three pages of him standing in the corner watching the elevator numbers tick up... ( )
  -Eva- | Mar 23, 2018 |
Detective story, located in Rio de Janeiro. Quite different from other approaches to the genre. The author shows how life is like for the street children in the city. ( )
  alalba | May 9, 2009 |
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The second in the acclaimed Brazilian series featuring Inspector Espinosa, the detective hailed by critics for "his existential sensibility, his exotic beat, and his literary merit" ( San Francisco Chronicle ) A retired policeman spends a typically alcohol-filled evening with his girlfriend, a prostitute. When he wakes up the next morning, his wallet and car key are missing, his girlfriend has been murdered, and he can remember none of the events of the previous night. Called in to investigate is Inspector Espinosa, veteran detective and friend of the ex-cop. It's a seemingly open-and-shut case, but Espinosa is convinced there's more here than meets the eye, and when other bodies beginturning up, he finds himself not only racing after a killer but falling in love.The first Espinosa mystery, The Silence of the Rain, won over American audiences with its steamy evocation of exotic Rio de Janeiro, its singular narrative approach, and, above all, its highly appealing protagonist. In December Heat, the second in this atmospheric, erotic series, Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza once again delivers a story as unusual as it is complex, with a resolution sure to elude-and ultimately delight-even the most discerning crime readers.

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