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By Patricia Melo, Clifford Landers. 2015
Praise for The Body Snatcher An excellent and atypical book a fantastic adventure --The Huffington Post An… explosive mixture of dread greed and corruption You won t put it down until you ve read the very last page --Cosmopolitan This tightly plotted novel by Brazil s best-selling crime author is a tale of drug dealing gone wrong police corruption and macabre blackmail set in a heat-soaked town in the vast untamed Brazilian lowlands bordering Bolivia One bright Sunday alone on the banks of the Paraguay River the narrator witnesses the fatal crash of a small plane He finds a kilo of cocaine in the dead pilot s backpack and pockets it along with the pilot s expensive watch Thus begins the protagonist s long slide into corruption When police locate the crash site the pilot s body is missing and a large-scale search ensues Our hero now involved in a busted cocaine deal ends up owing a Bolivian drug gang so much money that blackmailing the wealthy family of the dead pilot seems to be the only way out When the family secretly agrees to pay serious money to recover the body of their son our hero who does not have the pilot s body decides someone else s will do Or so he thinks Patricia Melo is an author and playwright born in Sao Paolo 1962 Her novels Lost World The Killer In Praise of Lies and Inferno have been published in English to rave reviews Her works have also been translated into Italian Spanish and Dutch
By Ruth Whitehouse, Esmahan Aykol. 1970
Praise for Esmahan Aykol Kati could be the love child of Miss Marple and NPR s Andrei Codrescu … It doesn t matter who done it What matters is that Aykol uses the genre to tell us more about the world than we re used to --Newsday An offbeat amateur sleuth with a distinctive narrative voice Fans of Amanda Cross s Kate Fansler and Kerry Greenwood s Phryne Fisher will find a lot to like --Publishers WeeklyKati owns Istanbul s only mystery book store and as usual gets involved in a case that is none of her business Every day a beautiful woman lunches alone in the restaurant next to the bookstore When the woman is found dead in her apartment Kati immediately recognizes the stranger from the restaurant in images in the newspaper photos Although the police believe it was an accident Kati suspects something more sinister has happened Sani Ankaraligil was an attractive young woman and a politically active ecologist in the middle of a divorce from her wealthy husband So who would benefit from her death The industrial companies Sani had accused of polluting the rivers of western Turkey or her jealous husband seeking revenge through an honor killing or a Thracian separatist group The investigation pulls Kati into murkier waters the marriage may have been a sham designed to cover up Sani s husband s homosexuality the role of her mother-in-law goes from distasteful to outright criminal
By Peter Bush, Leonardo Padura. 2000
By Peter Bush, Leonardo Padura. 1997
By Frei Betto, Jethro Soutar. 2014
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.
By Peter Bush, Leonardo Padura. 2001
By Nancy Temple Rodrigue. 2012
HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 1 Peter and the Wolf First novel in the Hidden Mickey Adventures series (following Hidden Mickey 4:… Wolf! Happily Ever After?). The author of the acclaimed Hidden Mickey series continues the saga with a new generation of clue solvers. Readers will enjoy more adventure & mystery about Walt Disney and Disneyland, written for Adults, Teens, & Tweens (age 9 & up). Flesch-Kincaid Grade 4.9 - Flesch Reading Ease 81.2 WHAT'S MORE EXCITING THAN A FAMILY DAY AT DISNEYLAND? Ditching their family, Peter Brentwood and his younger brother stumble upon a letter from the Master Storyteller himself, Walt Disney. Following a clue in the letter they are immediately caught up in what they thought was an innocently fun treasure hunt. SOMEONE ELSE DISCOVERS THEIR HUNT FOR HIDDEN TREASURE. The quest takes a serious turn when someone in a trusted position begins tracking their every move, hungering for the treasure for himself. WILL LONG-HELD SECRETS BE FORCIBLY REVEALED? The secrets Lance and Kimberly Brentwood have closely guarded could rip their family apart if compromised. At stake is something they hold very dear: Walt's Legacy. WATCH AS THIS YOUNGER GENERATION OF TREASURE HUNTERS GRAPPLE WITH AN IMPOSING AND FEARSOME MENACE Wolf, their friend and protector steps in, but is it too little, too late? Uncover secrets of Disneyland and the Disney Studios in Burbank as we watch the drama unfold. YOU WILL NEVER LOOK AT DISNEYLAND THE SAME AGAIN! The story continues with... HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 2: Peter and the Missing Mansion Another "E-Ticket" ride through Disney's history. Want to go on your own 'E-Ticket' adventure? Next time you visit a Disney Park you can play in Quests like Adam & Lance by bringing with you a copy of HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in Disneyland - HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in Disney California Adventure, and for our east coast Fans: HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in WDW Magic Kingdom (or download one to your mobile device).
By Nancy Temple Rodrigue. 2011
HIDDEN MICKEY 3 Wolf! The Legend of Tom Sawyer's Island Volume 3 in a series of action-adventure mysteries about Walt… Disney and Disneyland written for Adults, Teens, & Tweens (age 10 & up). Flesch-Kincaid Grade 5.0 - Flesch Reading Ease 81.4 WOULD YOU TO BREECH THE FABRIC OF TIME TO SAVE WALT'S LEGACY? How far would you be willing to go to save your life--as well as the potential future of your boss, Walt Disney? Would you put your life in the hands of a mysterious security guard named Wolf who seems to have uncanny abilities that reach far beyond the realms of logic? Wolf has dedicated his life to guarding his boss Walt Disney. Little did he know how far-reaching that dedication would extend. WOLF TIRELESSLY TRIES TO STOP A MALICIOUS VILLAIN Dr. Claude Houser, a doctor and scientist employed by Walt Disney, finds his life and Walt's future threatened by an unknown blackmailer. Wolf sends Disneyland cast member Wals Davis to aid the doctor and a damsel in distress. Wals now finds himself in a bizarre--yet strangely familiar--setting where time moves differently and things that occur in the present seem to have a profound effect on things that happen in the past. WILL THEY RETURN HOME OR BE STUCK IN THE VORTEX OF TIME? It will take all of Wolf's cunning to bring three vastly different people back through the swirling vortex of time. This story continues with... HIDDEN MICKEY 4 Wolf!: Happily Ever After? Another "E-Ticket" ride through Disney's history. Want to go on your own 'E-Ticket' adventure? Next time you visit a Disney Park you can play in Quests like Adam & Lance by bringing with you a copy of HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in Disneyland - HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in Disney California Adventure, or for our east coast Fans: HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in WDW Magic Kingdom (or download one to your mobile device).
By Nancy Temple Rodrigue. 2011
HIDDEN MICKEY 4 Wolf! Happily Ever After? Volume 4 in a series of action-adventure mysteries about Walt Disney and Disneyland… written for Adults, Teens, & Tweens (age 10 & up). Flesch-Kincaid Grade 5.6 - Flesch Reading Ease 79.1 WOLF CROSSES PATHS WITH MERLIN AS HE ATTEMPTS TO RETURN THE RED DIAMOND TO IT'S RIGHTFUL OWNER Wolf, the mysterious Disneyland security guard and Guardian of Walt Disney, now armed with a 21st century helper and a beautiful damsel lost in the stream of time, finds himself traveling back and forth through history as he attempts to get the enchanted princess, Briar Rose, back home to her own castle and time. AN EVIL FORCE PUTS EVERYTHING INTO GAINING CONTROL OVER THAT GEM Once loved by the powerful Merlin, his apprentice Nimue shows her true colors by betraying him--and all who come close to her--as she attempts to regain control of the powerful pendant. Her name might change through the eons, but her heart of evil stays the same. WOLF STRUGGLES TO RESIST THE POWERFUL FORCES OF DARKNESS Trying to keep his home base of Disneyland as his touchstone, Wolf struggles against the powers of darkness. When it finally overtakes him, his friend Wals must figure out a way to break through the fabric of time to bring back help. Returning to the Guardian's distant past, Wals must convince Wolf's warrior brother Mato to trust him and step into the swirling vortex that destroyed his brother's life. CAN THEY UNITE TO SAVE WALT & DISNEYLAND? Join the heroes--past and present--as they unite for one last stand against the forces of evil in a showdown that will rock the very foundations on which Disneyland was built. Will it end... Happily Ever After? The story continues with a new generation of clue solvers... HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 1: Peter and the Wolf Another "E-Ticket" ride through Disney's history. Want to go on your own 'E-Ticket' adventure? Next time you visit a Disney Park you can run in Quests like Adam & Lance by bringing with you a copy of HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in Disneyland - HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in Disney California Adventure, or for our east coast Fans: HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in WDW Magic Kingdom (or download one to your mobile device).
By Scott Graham. 2014
"This riveting series debut showcases Graham's love of nature and archeology, simultaneously interjecting some serious excitement. Graham is to be… commended for weaving together several cultures into one story. Recommend to readers who enjoy Tony Hillerman, Nevada Barr, and C.J. Box's Joe Pickett series."-LIBRARY JOURNAL"A gripping tale of kidnapping and murder...in a style similar to mysteries by Tony Hillerman."-ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL"Graham has created a story [of] richness and depth...Graham's comfort and familiarity with his subject make the story an enjoyable read."-DURANGO HERALD"A riveting mystery...Graham takes readers intimately into the setting, his knowledge of the places he writes about apparent at every turn."-DURANGO TELEGRAPH "A terrific debut novel..."-C.J. BOX, New York Times bestselling author of Stone Cold and Breaking Point"The real star of this engrossing mystery novel is the Grand Canyon itself. Scott Graham clearly knows the territory. In addition to some fine plot twists guaranteed to keep you guessing to the end, Graham delivers a glorious portrait of one of the most compelling landscapes on earth, a place that can kill just as easily as it thrills. This is a topnotch read."-WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER, New York Times bestselling author of Tamarack County"One of the most engaging mysteries I've read in a long while! In archaeologist Chuck Bender, Scott Graham has created a flawed, all-too-human and memorable investigator who had me rooting for him to the end. The setting is magnificent and fascinating-nothing less than the Grand Canyon with its centuries-old secrets. The plot is fast-paced and filled with suspense. Canyon Sacrifice delivers it all and then some."-MARGARET COEL, New York Times bestselling author of Killing Custer"Bring an extra-large bowl of popcorn while you read Sacrifice in one sitting."-C.M. WENDELBOE, author of Death on the Greasy Grass"In this gripping, imaginative mystery set in Grand Canyon National Park, ancient Anasazi culture collides with the modern world in the most unexpected of ways. Like Tony Hillerman, Scott Graham uses his deep knowledge of the region to fashion a thrilling, compulsively readable story."-FRANK HUYLER, author of The Blood of Strangers"As unpredictable and twisty as a switchback trail plummeting into its depths, Graham's thriller sucks you into the mysteries of the canyon and the story of an unsuspecting family whose lives will never be the same."-TED BOTHA, author of The Girl With the Crooked Nose"Graham deftly weaves a first-rate mystery through the caves and canyons and winding roads of the Grand Canyon. If you've been, you'll immediately be drawn into the story. If you've never been, this may be your motivation to buy the ticket! I can't wait to read which national park he tackles next!"-TRICIA FIELDS, Hillerman Prize-winning author of Scratchgravel Road"Stunning setting, intriguing plot and likeable characters make this debut novel a bookseller's dream."-ANDREA AVANTAGGIO, owner of Maria's Bookshoptivation to buy the ticket! I can't wait to read which national park he tackles next!"-TRICIA FIELDS, Hillerman Prize-winning author of Scratchgravel Road"Rooted in the southwest in both geography and culture, Canyon Sacrifice will hook you early and keep you intrigued to the last page. You'll meet archaeologist and investigator Chuck Bender. You'll laugh with him and at him while you get drawn into the mystery he seeks to solve. Stunning setting, intriguing plot and likeable characters make this debut novel a bookseller's dream."-ANDREA AVANTAGGIO, owner of Maria's Bookshop
By Nick Caistor, Rolo Diez. 1992
"Both a scathing and picaresque comedy, a biting and spicy concoction. Just like tequila."--Le MondeIt's not easy being a cop… in Mexico City. Meet Carlito, a police detective with a complicated life. A wife, a mistress, children by both. He resorts to money laundering and arms dealing to finance his police activity. The money for justice must be found somewhere.The corpse in the hotel room is that of a gringo with a weakness for blue movies. Carlito's maverick investigation leads him into a labyrinth of gang wars and corrupt politicians.Rolo Diez, born in Argentina, was imprisoned for two years during the military dictatorship. He now lives in Mexico City, where he works as a novelist and screenwriter.
By Assaf Gavron, Etgar Keret. 2014
"May be the very best in a generally solid series....This collection escapes the limits of formula fiction and sets the… bar high for subsequent Noir offerings. The genre is hot, Tel Aviv is exotic, and this volume is outstanding. What's not to like?"--Library Journal, Starred reviewAkashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched with the summer '04 award-winning best seller Brooklyn Noir. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. For Tel Aviv Noir, Etgar Keret and Assaf Gavron have masterfully assembled some of Israel's top contemporary writers into a compulsively readable collection.From the introduction by Etgar Keret:"In spite of its outwardly warm and polite exterior, Tel Aviv has quite a bit to hide. At any club, most of the people dancing around you to the sounds of a deep-house hit dedicated to peace and love have undergone extensive automatic-weapons training and a hand-grenade tutorial...The workers washing the dishes in the fluorescent-lit kitchen of that same club are Eritrean refugees who have crossed the Egyptian border illegally, along with a group of bedouins smuggling some high-quality hash, which the deejay will soon be smoking on his little podium, right by the busy dance floor filled with drunks, coked-up lawyers, and Ukrainian call girls whose pimp keeps their passports in a safe two streets away. Don't get me wrong--Tel Aviv is a lovely, safe city. Most of the time, for most of its inhabitants. But the stories in this collection describe what happens the rest of the time, to the rest of its inhabitants. From one last cup of coffee at a café targeted by a suicide bomber, through repeat visits from a Yiddish-speaking ghost, to an organized tour of mythological crime scenes that goes terribly wrong, the stories of Tel Aviv Noir reveal the concealed, scarred face of this city that we love so much."Featuring brand-new stories by: Etgar Keret, Gadi Taub, Lavie Tidhar, Deakla Keydar, Matan Hermoni, Julia Fermentto, Gon Ben Ari, Shimon Adaf, Alex Epstein, Antonio Ungar, Gai Ad, Assaf Gavron, Silje Bekeng, and Yoav Katz.
By Nancy Temple Rodrigue. 2015
HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 4 Revenge of the Wolf Volume 4 in a series of action-adventure mysteries about Walt Disney and… Disneyland written for Adults, Teens, & Tweens (age 9 & up). Flesch-Kincaid Grade 3.5 - Flesch Reading Ease 86.8 TWO ADVERSARIES FINALLY FACE OFF Unwillingly hurled into the past, Wolf must confront the mysterious Omah in a final showdown. What will they do when secrets are revealed? Will they be able to put the past behind them and work together? PETER MUST GO TO NEW HEIGHTS TO FOLLOW THE CLUES Armed with a new set of clues, Peter and Catie find themselves in parts of Disneyland they never expected to see. Wolf is still missing. Can Adam and Beth help see them to safety without Wolf? WHO REALLY WROTE THE CLUES? An old enemy is back. Determined to retrieve a cherished possession that has been lost for eons, she will stop at nothing to get it back--even if it means sacrificing Peter. NOW IS THE TIME FOR REVENGE Disneyland--then and now--is the backdrop for this exciting tale of revenge as the past and the present come crashing together. Revenge of the Wolf fits more pieces of the puzzle together as our friends and heroes fight to protect Walt Disney's legacy--and each other. The story continues with... HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 5: When You Wish Another "E-Ticket" ride through Disney's history. Want to go on your own 'E-Ticket' adventure? Next time you visit a Disney Park you can play in Quests like Adam & Lance by bringing with you a copy of HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in Disneyland - HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in Disney California Adventure, and for our east coast Fans: HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in WDW Magic Kingdom (or download one to your mobile device).
By Nancy Temple Rodrigue. 2013
HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 2 Peter and the Missing Mansion Volume 2 in a series of action-adventure mysteries about Walt Disney… and Disneyland written for Adults, Teens, & Tweens (age 9 & up). Flesch-Kincaid Grade 4.3 - Flesch Reading Ease 84.5 THINGS SEEM FAMILIAR--BUT SOMETHING IS HORRIBLY WRONG Alone and scared, Peter finds himself in the distant past and in front of a hauntingly-familiar mansion. PETER'S VISIT TAKES A DEADLY TURN As Peter gets to know the inhabitants of this mansion, people aren't as he thought. The man he thought was an innocent victim is now an adversary. Is there more to the story than he ever imagined? CAN WOLF AND LANCE RESCUE PETER IN TIME? Stairways to nowhere and hidden passageways, lit only by candles, might lead Lance to his son. Can he trust the one who might not be as she seems? Is the Disney legend just a story--or is it the truth? ONE FALSE STEP ALTERS THE DISNEYLAND WE ALL KNOW On their return, the three travelers find they are the only ones who realize something has gone wrong at Disneyland. It is up to them to protect Walt Disney's legacy. CAN THEY FIND OUT WHAT'S WRONG--AND CORRECT IT? The story continues with... HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 3: The Mermaid's Tale Another "E-Ticket" ride through Disney's history. Want to go on your own 'E-Ticket' adventure? Next time you visit a Disney Park you can play in Quests like Adam & Lance by bringing with you a copy of HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in Disneyland - HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in Disney California Adventure, and for our east coast Fans: HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in WDW Magic Kingdom (or download one to your mobile device).
By Nancy Temple Rodrigue. 2016
HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 5 When You Wish Volume 5 in a series of action-adventure mysteries about Walt Disney and Disneyland… written for Adults, Teens, & Tweens (age 9 & up). Flesch-Kincaid Grade 4.1 - Flesch Reading Ease 83.6 A FAMILY IN CRISIS When tragedy strikes, Adam and Beth find it more and more difficult to believe in miracles. Will their family ever be whole again? CAN A MAN FROM THE PAST REALLY HELP A BOY IN THE FUTURE? Peter, still hurt and angry by the treatment he received at the hands of Nimue, is handed a special message. It is from Walt Disney himself. Can Peter get back his love for Disneyland and fulfill his special Hidden Mickey quest? Or will the absence of his partner be too much for him? EXTORTION. BLACKMAIL. A FORBIDDEN GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE. Walt exacts a promise from Wolf in exchange for his help. Wolf vowed never to take him on such a dangerous journey. Who will win this ultimate battle of wills? NOW IS THE TIME TO WISH! Disneyland--now and in the future--is the backdrop for this exciting tale of hopes, dreams, and discovery. When You Wish unites families and friends as they work together to keep the Disney magic alive--both for themselves and for Walt's legacy. Another "E-Ticket" ride through Disney's history. Want to go on your own 'E-Ticket' adventure? Next time you visit a Disney Park you can play in Quests like Adam & Lance by bringing with you a copy of HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in Disneyland - HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in Disney California Adventure, and for our east coast Fans: HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in WDW Magic Kingdom (or download one to your mobile device).
By Nancy Temple Rodrigue. 2014
HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 3 The Mermaid's Tale Volume 3 in a series of action-adventure mysteries about Walt Disney and Disneyland… written for Adults, Teens, & Tweens (age 9 & up). Flesch-Kincaid Grade 3.6 - Flesch Reading Ease 86 A FORGOTTEN TREASURE REVEALS A MISSING PUZZLE PIECE Going through family mementos in their grandmother s attic, twins Alex and Catie Michaels, along with Peter Brentwood, stumble on a familiar grey capsule and pictures of Margaret Michaels past. GRANDMA MARGARET WAS A MERMAID? Thrilled to learn she was a Disneyland Submarine Lagoon Mermaid in 1965, they suddenly connect the missing link to the beautiful mermaid Peter and Catie found in the Haunted Mansion attic. A MYSTERIOUS WOMAN HAS TO PROVE HERSELF Given a simple assignment by her boss, Walt Disney, Omah was unable to complete it and sent away in disgrace. Decades later she s still trying to make it right, but three kids are in the way. HER DEDICATION TURNS FANATICAL Disneyland then and now is the backdrop of this exciting Mermaid s Tale. Pieces of the puzzle get closer as three diverse groups are woven together in the past and the present all of them determined to protect Walt Disney's legacy. ALL 3 COLLIDE AS THE MERMAID'S TALE CONTINUES... The story continues with... HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 4: Revenge of the Wolf Another "E-Ticket" ride through Disney's history. Want to go on your own 'E-Ticket' adventure? Next time you visit a Disney Park you can play in Quests like Adam & Lance by bringing with you a copy of HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in Disneyland - HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in Disney California Adventure, and for our east coast Fans: HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in WDW Magic Kingdom (or download one to your mobile device).
By Mark Fried, Élmer Mendoza. 2016
When the mutilated body of Mayra Cabral de Melo, a well-known stripper, is found by the side of a dusty… road, detective Edgar "Lefty" Mendieta has personal reasons for bringing the culprit to justice. Mayra had no shortage of ardent, deluded and downright dangerous admirers, and Lefty himself is haunted by one steamy night he spent in her generous company. So begins an investigation that will bring him ever closer to the murderous world of the narcos, who are waging a war of bloody attrition against the Mexican state. The country is a powder keg, waiting for a spark, and Mendieta is about to enter the darkest days of his life. Corrupt politicians, failed boxers and unscrupulous arms dealers all lie in wait across the path to justice - none of which can prepare him for a brush with the F.B.I. when the father of the President of the United States is attacked on vacation. But for all these perils it is the weight of his own murky past that Lefty finds hardest to bear.And as he scratches around for clues, faced with a gallery of suspects who all have a motive and that murderous glint in their eye, the reappearance of Samantha Valdés, now the boss of the Cartel del Pacífico, adds one more piece to an already impenetrable puzzle.
By Paul Thomas. 2012
Maori cop Tito Ihaka, "unkempt, overweight, intemperate, unruly, unorthodox and profane ", is a stubborn investigator with an uncanny instinct… for the truth. He hunts a shadowy hit-man who could have several notches on his belt, including that of an undercover cop. To complicate matters Ihaka becomes involved with a female suspect who could hold the key to everything.
By Clifford Landers, Tony Bellotto. 2016
"The latest installment of Akashic's geographically wide-ranging mystery series lands in Rio de Janeiro, a city whose famous imagery--the massive… statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf mountain, the beautiful beaches--constitutes the public face of the city, but behind lurks a 'world of shadows, blood, intrigue, violence, hideouts, and mystery'...A good introduction to writers of the region and to the dark side of a very sunny place."--Booklist"As Rio de Janeiro prepares to host the 2016 summer Olympics amid fears of the Zika virus, this anthology of 14 dark and violent short stories set in the Brazilian city might give prospective visitors more reasons to be concerned...A solid addition to Akashic's acclaimed noir series."--Publishers WeeklyAkashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.Brand-new stories by: Tony Bellotto, Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza, MV Bill, Luiz Eduardo Soares, Guilherme Fiuza, Arthur Dapieve, Victoria Saramago, Arnaldo Bloch, Adriana Lisboa, Alexandre Fraga dos Santos, Marcelo Ferroni, Flávio Carneiro, Raphael Montes, and Luis Fernando Verissimo. All stories translated from Portuguese by Clifford Landers (Coelho's The Alchemist, etc.).From the introduction by Tony Bellotto:"The images of Rio de Janeiro are well known: high rises aligned along white sandy beaches, a blue sea, freshwater lakes, and luxuriant forests that stretch through winding mountains of stone...the open arms of Christ the Redeemer blessing a happy, cordial, mixed-race people ever ready to dance a samba or offer a welcoming smile to the tourists who move about in the streets admiring beautiful women shimmying nude atop floats in Carnival parades...Opa!This is not a tourist guide. The city revealed in this book is a different Rio. Even though famous landscapes are present in the pages of Rio Noir, what is exposed here is a world of shadows, blood, intrigue, violence, hideouts, and mystery (and also of humor, of course, as is necessary with any undertaking involving Cariocas)...Whether we have succeeded in deciphering an enigma with the dramas of our procurers, card readers, colonels, cops, traffickers, socialites, slum dwellers, embezzlers, tourists, brokers, detectives, journalists, politicians, assassins, editors, outlaws, travelers, coup plotters, writers, lovers, and everyday citizens, I don't know. But we have surely added a large shadow to the sunny landscape of this wonderful city."
By Peter Bush, Leonardo Padura. 2005