Every Bitter Thing story begins when the playboy son of the Foreign Minister of Venezuela is found dead in his apartment in Brasilia. Due to the political nature of the crime, Chief Inspector Mario Silva of Brazil’s Federal Police is called in to investigate. As he delves deeper into the murder, he discovers that a chain of murders have occurred throughout Brazil, all fitting into a similar pattern: Jonas Palhares, an engineer and Paulo Cruz, a famous writer are the other victims. All three were first shot in the stomach, then brutally beaten to death, and they were all passengers on TAB flight 8101 from Miami to São Paulo. Throughout the rest of the book, Inspector Silva digs deeper to find out the answers to the puzzling questions like: What sinister motive connects these killings? And why does it appear one passenger on that flight, a fifteen-year-old boy who was later raped and killed in prison, is at the heart of it all?
This fourth Silva procedural is a smooth story: What I liked about the writing is that it’s fast paced, the characters are interesting, and the character of Silva has been richly developed. Similar to other books from Leighton Gage, the reader gets a strong sense of how life is like in Brazil, and a realistic perspective of the occasional corruptions in the Brazilian police. I recommend this book to the readers who enjoy well plotted police procedurals and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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