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The narrator of this meandering mystery from Brazilian author Mussa (The Riddle of Qaf) serves on the Unesco Standing Committee on the Theory and Art of the Police Novel, headquartered in London and financed by Scotland Yard, and in that capacity becomes entranced by a perfect murder committed in Rio de Janeiro in 1913. The personal secretary to the president of the Republic of Brazil was found bound to a bed and strangled in an unusual brothel run by a Polish doctor who advocated abortion and sterilization. The obvious suspect, the prostitute last seen with the victim, is nowhere to be found, and the investigation comes under the purview of an acclaimed forensics expert. So far, so good. But the book rapidly goes off on a number of tangents—cemetery desecrations, disappearing treasure, female sexual fantasies—that will frustrate those hoping the author had simply followed through on the promising setup. Agent: Ella Sher, Ella Sher Literary Agency (Spain). (Sept.)

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“Rich, dense, clear — and at times of a perturbing, disquieting obscurity that fascinates.”
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“One of the most original creations of Brazilian literature.”
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Europa Editions (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609451368
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609451363
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,317,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 21, 2013
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(3.5 stars) The metafictional author of this novel has been a member of the "Unesco Standing Committee on The Theory and Art of the Police Novel, headquartered in London and financed by Scotland Yard." His task has been to study real-life "perfect crimes" from the great world capitals and to compare their true nature to their literary counterparts. While studying the crimes of Rio de Janeiro, he notes that one stands out from the rest, and when he loses his job, he keeps his files, using them to write this novel. Although his novel can be read as a detective story, "it can also be read as an adventure story, a `treasure hunt' of sorts, filled with duels, ambition, and revenge. It is thus closer to Dumas than to Melville or Conrad.," the author says.

The novel's "perfect crime" takes place on June 13, 1913, a Friday, at the House of Swaps, once the estate of the Marquise of Santos, but currently owned by Doctor Miroslav Zmuda, who uses it as a gynecological medical clinic during the day. At night, however, it becomes the city's most "exceptional" brothel, a place where men rent the services of prostitutes dressed as nurses and where women, too, may rent the services of men. On June 13, however, the personal Secretary to the President is murdered, and his "nurse" disappears. Forensics specialist Sebastiao Baeta is chosen to investigate, and he understands the need for discretion.

Almost immediately after these introductory scenes, the author begins to focus on the city's past history, presenting events out of chronological order, with stories ranging from the sixteenth century to the present.
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In 1913 Rio de Janeiro, a government official is murdered in a house of prostitution. The main suspect is the prostitute administering to his needs. The prostitute disappears completely, and the police are baffled. They find her brother, but he says he doesn’t know where she is. Did she really kill the man, or has something befallen her also?

This was a very weird story. Written like a Cold Case investigation, the narrator explaining what has happened, and what transpired over the course of the investigation. The reader is bored with details and history of Rio de Janeiro, often going off on tangents about other cases centuries before. There is little, if any, tension or danger to the investigators.

However, the mystery of the murder was such that the reader will want to follow the case to its conclusion. Although I had my suspicions about the case, as all the so-called clues were presented within the first 75 pages, I wanted to find out if my ideas were correct. This book will interest True Crime readers more than fiction readers, simply the way it was written, yet it presents a fine mystery in the telling.
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