Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


An Inspector Espinosa Mystery

Inspector Espinosa Mysteries (Volume 6)

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.


Chapter One

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,...


Praise for Blackout

“If Gabriel García Márquez wrote crime fiction, he might create a detective like Inspector Espinosa.” —The Baltimore Sun

“This is entertainment of a high order, sly and smart, giving away nothing until the final pages.” —The Washington Post Book World on A Window in Copacabana

“Engrossing and captivating . . . This policeman, with his existential sensibility, his exotic beat, and his literary merit, seems poised to join the ranks of the great modern international fictional cops.” —San Francisco Chronicle on The Silence of the Rain

“Pleasurably addictive . . . One of those tricky mind games you can never be sure you've really solved.” —The New York Times Book Review on Pursuit

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

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

Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza



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