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Blood of the Wicked (A Novel of the Brazilian Federal Police Book 1)

Blood of the Wicked (A Novel of the Brazilian Federal Police Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Leighton Gage
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In this, the first book in Leighton Gage's acclaimed series, Chief Inspector Mario Silva goes to a small town in the interior of Brazil to investigate the murder of a bishop - and suddenly finds himself involved in a war between wealthy landowners and the landless.

Praise for the Chief Inspector Mario Silva Series:

A world class procedural series - The Wall Street Journal
South America's Kurt Wallander - Booklist
Irresistible - The New York Times
Masterful - The Toronto Globe and Mail
Compelling - The Boston Globe
Mr. Gage's lively, action-filled chronicles...have finely sketched characters, vivid geographical detail and their own brutal sort of humor...the Silva investigations have all the step-by-step excitement of a world-class procedural series. - The Wall Street Journal
“Silva, a tough, compassionate cop with an alcoholic wife and an unerring instinct for working the system, tackles this highly spiced case with his usual aplomb. Rising above Brazilian brutality, corruption, and bribery with uncommon wit and the help of his colorful, appealing colleagues, he scores a winning goal in an enormously complex kidnap payoff scheme.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Gage knows Brazil well and has a cast of characters so amusing and so skillfully constructed that this novel is irresistible.” — Toronto Globe and Mail
“A brisk, colorful police thriller with much interesting information about contemporary Brazil. As usual, the strong and disparate personalities of Silva's detectives add spice to their fifth case.” —Kirkus
“This book, like all of the titles in Gage’s Chief Inspector Mario Silva Investigations series, throws a spotlight on the society and politics of contemporary Brazil. A Vine in the Blood attests to that country’s intense involvement with the game of soccer…. Gage effectively increases the suspense of his latest work by creating a variety of characters, each with a valid motive for the crime.” —
“Mr. Gage is a master of the procedural who paints with a fine brush, using the tools he needs to craft a fine novel—and no more.” — New York Journal of Books
A Chicago Tribune Mystery Book Club “favorite.”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1569474702
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BA54ZG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Leighton Gage writes police procedurals set in Brazil and blogs with five other authors of international crime novels at

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read in 2010 26 Dec 2010
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First Line: Something took the helicopter and shook it like a jackal worrying a carcass.

Chief Inspector Mario Silva of the Federal Police is called upon to travel to remote Cascatas to investigate the assassination of a bishop. When he arrives, he finds himself in a veritable vipers' nest of crime and corruption: the bishop's assassination, the disappearance of a wealthy landowner's son, the continuing conflict between the landowners and the Landless Workers League, the deaths of homeless street children, drugs... the list seems endless. With Colonel Ferraz of the State Police in Cascatas firmly against Silva, will the inspector be able to solve any of the crimes in this remote area of Brazil?

I was bowled over by this book. First and foremost, what impressed me was how thoroughly Gage immersed me in modern Brazil. Until picking up Blood of the Wicked, the books I'd read about this country centered on a bit of colonial history, and lots of Amazonian exploration. In reading about present-day Brazil, I became acquainted with favelas (shantytowns), with the fact that dead street children are referred to as "hams", with the age-old struggle between the Haves and the Have Nots, and with a degree of police corruption that made me ill.

Although the book is excellent armchair travel, it had to be coupled with believable characters and a strong story line to get this sort of reaction from me. Chief Inspector Mario Silva is a man of principle. As a young man facing total police disinterest in finding the men responsible for the deaths of his parents, Silva took the investigation-- and the law-- into his own hands. This serves a dual purpose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to find a new (to me) very good writer ! 24 April 2011
By Rugmike
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Leighton Gage - Blood of the Wicked.
Just finished "Blood of the Wicked" (Leighton Gage), and enjoyed it very much indeed.

A well written, very topical - & all too plausible - plot set in Brazil, which is a change of the more well-worn paths.

Gage backs this up with a great central character, Mario Silva, a Chief Inspector in the Brazilian Federal Police, confronted by the conflict between the landowners and the landless.

Allied to this, he comes up with an excellent supporting cast, including a couple of splendidly monstrous creations in Colonel Ferraz, and Orlando Ortiz, a (very) wealthy landowner.

Things rattle along at a great pace, and very well worth a look.
And definitely worth the money - a bargain !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem 26 Jan 2011
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Leighton Gage is little known in the UK but, if there's any justice, not for long. His novel are a delight, and this, the first in the series featuring Silva, kicks like a mule. A gritty, taut police procedural oozing atmosphere. Silva is a wonderful creation - real and vividly drawn. Brazil makes a superb backdrop, teeming with political intrigue and corruption, beauty and violence, hideous wealth and harrowing poverty. The plot is tight as a drum and hurtles along to a satisfying conclusion. Fans of meaty, intelligent crime fiction should get on this straight away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood of the Wicked 27 Dec 2010
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Blood of the Wicked starts in true crime fiction style and could be regarded as an excellent crime novel. That would be a shallow opinion, however, as BotW is a thriller that rarely tarries and often surprises. It has many levels, with a strong social comment always underlining the storyline. The characters are as colourful as the strong South American sun and the conclusion leaves one eager for the next in the series. Strong stuff, strongly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First of four ..waiting for more 12 Nov 2010
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Introduces Mario Silva to us (gently) who scratches the underbellies of Brazil in a highly entertaining, thought provoking read. Include knowing Brazil in some way or form for real added value and if not, recommend this one as opposed to the susbsequents as the alternative version of the tourist guide book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRAZILIAN THRILLER 9 Nov 2010
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Dom Felipe Antunes, the Bishop of Presidente Vargas, comes to the remote Brazilian town of Cascatas do Pontal to consecrate a new church and is assassinated. When the Pope personally telephones Brazil's president about this outrage Mario Silva, Chief Inspector for Criminal Matters of the Federal Police of Brazil is sent by Nelson Sampaio, the Director of Brazil's Federal Police, to investigate.
Silva assisted by his nephew Hecto Costa, also a Federal cop, and the experienced Agente Arnaldo Nunes discovers that he must also deal with other murders.

'You mentioned Aurelio Azevedo. he was my friend, Chief Inspector. They nailed him to a tree. They shot his wife, Teresa. They even killed Paulo and Marcella, their two kids.'

Silva and his small team are faced with an uncooperative state police, corrupt judges, ruthless rich landowners, the Landless Worker's League and a divided Church as he attempts stop the escalating violence. There are also criminal elements preying on street kids and priests involved in 'liberation theology' to add to his problems.
Silva, whose own back story hides some dark secrets, has to face the harsh truth about justice in Brazil and the brutality goes on to its strangely satisfying climax.

'There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked'. Isaiah 48:22

Wicked: evil or morally wrong
Wicked: [informal] excellent or wonderful
Oxford English Dictionary

Leighton Gage, whose wife is Brazilian and spends part of each year in Santana do Parnaiba, has written a fast paced exciting political thriller. It is hard to believe that Blood of the Wicked is Leighton's first crime fiction book because it has all the smoothness of a Brazilian samba and is so well researched.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is a violent book. It starts with the murder of a bishop and a local landowner and goes on from there. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Elaine Tomasso
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many brutal murders.
I like a mystery but this book was a bloodbath so didn't really appeal to me. I like the main character and the book is well written and informative.
Published 17 months ago by B. Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars excels in its evocation of place and social history
Blood of the Wicked is a crime novel meets social commentary, examining the nature of policing, justice, access to land and a livelihoods, street kids, liberation theology, and... Read more
Published on 13 May 2012 by Rob Kitchin
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting but maybe a bit too bloodthirsty!
I really enjoyed this book. The descriptive text and the characterisations were excellent!
The book had a good momentum throughout. Read more
Published on 5 April 2012 by nixlyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This was an enjoyable and interesting book.
The writing style is pretty relaxed and it was a quick read.

Brazil is a great setting for crime/thriller novels. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by The Emperor
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Blood of the Wicked is the latest of Gage's fantastic series of crime novels starring Chief Inspector Mario Silva of the Brazilian Federal Police. Read more
Published on 29 May 2011 by DreamingofFloripa
5.0 out of 5 stars Starts with a bang
BLOOD OF THE WICKED opens with the assassination of a Catholic bishop. Moments after he steps off a helicopter in Cascatas to dedicate a church, Bishop Antunes is killed by a... Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2010 by E. Crowley
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