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An Inspector Espinosa Mystery

Inspector Espinosa Mysteries

Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

Henry Holt and Co.

The murder of an anonymous beggar on a cobblestone street in the wealthy precincts of Copacabana haunts Inspector Espinosa in this “beguiling” series (The New York Times Book Review)

With no witnesses and no weapon, it seems like the case of the one-legged homeless man found lying in a cul-de-sac on São João Hill, shot through the heart, will remain unsolved. But Chief Inspector Espinosa can’t shake thoughts of the hapless victim—who would target a penniless man who posed no physical threat? Focusing his incisive mind and characteristically unhurried inquiry on a group of affluent guests who dined at a nearby mansion on the stormy night of the murder, Espinosa carefully interrogates his way into the lives of his suspects, exposing lies, cover-ups—and further mysteries.

When the body of a prominent young urbanite is discovered in a scandalous state of undress, Espinosa must find the unlikely connections between two murders with no apparent witnesses or motive. Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza turns up the heat in this novel, supplementing his seductive prose with psychological twists and steamy secrets that lead to the unexpected climax. 


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Espinosa could clearly make out the sounds coming from the street and was fully aware that he was lying in his own bed, but he still hadn’t made up his mind to open his eyes. He tried to estimate the time: after six, for sure, so sixthirty was a good guess. He could have looked at the watch on his bedside table, which rested inches from his head, but that would mean accepting that he was technically awake. He kept his eyes closed. All he wanted at that time was, slowly, lazily, to enjoy the image of Irene coming up the two flights of stairs, arms full of bags, announcing
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  • Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

  • A distinguished academic, Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza is a bestselling novelist who lives in Rio de Janeiro. The Espinosa mysteries have been translated into five languages. This is the sixth book in the series.

  • Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza
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    Blackout

    An Inspector Espinosa Mystery

    Inspector Espinosa Mysteries

    Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

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