I had heard good things about James Scudamore's first novel, which someone told me was set in Ecuador and had been nominated for the Costa prize. Having spent several summers in Sao Paulo and travelled in Chile I was drawn to this book, hoping for an exciting holiday read that would remind me of my travels. I was not disappointed. This is a gripping and highly original novel with complex yet credible characters and an innovative plot. It evokes the squalor and neighbouring splendour of Sao Paulo memorably and accurately and I finished it in a couple of days. Sharp and satisfying fiction.