- format: Kindle (Amazon)
- File Size: 670 KB
- Print Length: 258 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1908524278
- Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press; Reprint edition (February 24, 2014), first published in Brazil 1999
- translated by Jethro Soutar
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00APD9X50
According to the police, the victim was stabbed in the heart before the head was separated from the body. As the investigation continues other hotel clients are decapitated, usually with the head found delicately balanced on the knees of the sitting victim.
A witty, touching account of life at the edge of Brazilian society, dressed up as a murder mystery.
Published in 1999 and set in a boarding house/hotel in Rio de Janeiro, this paints a similar picture of life in urban Brazil (see my most recent review of HAPPINESS IS EASY set in Sao Paolo): residents frightened of being mugged or worse, richer residents who travel in bullet proof cars, everyone keeping off the streets at night, but we see things from the seamier side.
However the crimes at Hotel Brasil soon take second place to the activities of the delinquents that Candido is attempting save. Although there are further murders in the hotel and other deaths, in the long run I have to agree with the final line of the synopsis an "account of life at the edge of Brazilian society, dressed up as a murder mystery." To be honest I was disappointed.
My rating: 3.7
About the Author
Jethro Soutar: Jethro Soutar, born in Sheffield, lives in London and has recently published two works of non-fiction, 'Ronaldinho: Football's Flamboyant Maestro' and a part biography, part chronicle of a film movement, entitled 'Gael García Bernal and the Latin American New Wave', published in July 2008. Soutar translated Needle in a Haystack by Ernesto Mallo for Bitter Lemon Press.