December Heat An Inspector Espinosa Mystery

Inspector Espinosa Mysteries

Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza, Translated by Benjamin Moser




Trade Paperback

288 Pages



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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 keys are missing, his girlfriend has been murdered, and he can remember none of the events of the previous night. Inspector Espinosa, veteran detective and friend of the ex-cop, is convinced there's more here than meets the eye, and when other bodies begin turning up, he finds himself not only racing after a killer but falling in love.

Garcia-Roza's Inspector Espinosa returns in a novel that is "as lush in setting and luscious in plotting as its predecessor . . . [This] Rio-noir novel features a full cast of characters, each distinctly drawn, and a pace guaranteed to quicken the reader's pulse" (Booklist, starred review).


Praise for December Heat

"[Espinosa's] sensibility is refreshing as he walks his beat, glorying in the ocean view from the Avenida Atlântica. 'His familiarity with the neighborhood was like the intimate knowledge older people have of their childhood gardens,' Garcia-Roza tells us, writing with a felicity of style that holds its dreaminess in Benjamin Moser's translation from the Portuguese."—The New York Times

"Full of startling twists and clever misdirection. Garcia-Roza is an eclectic expert at literary sleight of hand, flashing cards from the decks of Robbe-Grillet, Poe, Hemingway, and even Mickey Spillane."—San Francisco Chronicle

"An exciting procedural, infused with exotic ambience, sympathetic detectives, and a little romance. Strongly recommended."—Library Journal

"An aptly titled second installment in Garcia-Roza's melancholy, surrealist trilogy about the cases of Rio de Janeiro's Inspector Espinosa. . . Garcia-Roza's playful gravity, at once elegiac and laid-back, may put you in such a mystified mood that you'll forget you're reading a mystery."—Kirkus Reviews

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A distinguished academic, Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza is a critically acclaimed, bestselling novelist who lives in Rio de Janeiro. The next book in the Espinosa series, Southwesterly Wind, is forthcoming from Henry Holt.
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