Vine in the Blood

Vine in the Blood

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It is the eve of the FIFA World Cup, the globe's premier sporting event. The host country is Brazil. A victory for the home team is inextricably linked to the skills of the country's principal striker, Tico "The Artist" Santos, the greatest player in the history of the sport. All the politicians in Brasilia, from the President of the Republic on down, have their seats squared-away for the finale, when they hope to see Argentina, Brazil's bitterest rival, humbled by the Brazilian eleven. But then, just three weeks before the first game, Juraci Santos, Tico's mother, is kidnapped. The star is distraught. The public is appalled. The politicians are outraged. And the pressure is on Chief Inspector Mario Silva to get her back.
Suspects aren't lacking. Among them, are a cabal of Argentineans, suspected of having spirited the lady away to put Tico off his game, the star's gold-digging, top-model girlfriend, whom his mother dislikes and has been trying to get out of his life, his principal rival, who wants to play in the World Cup in Tico's place, and the man whose leg Tico broke during a match, thereby destroying his career. In the end, Silva and his crew discover that the solution to the mystery is less complex - but entirely unexpected.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 289 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 498.95g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1616950048
  • 9781616950040

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"Wall Street Journal""Hard-hitting, atmospheric.... Despite their social conscience and ambitious reach, there's nothing stiff or programmatic about Mr. Gage's lively, action-filled chronicles. They have finely sketched characters, vivid geographical detail and their own brutal sort of humor. The vast size of Brazil, with its great economic and topographic differences, affords a diversity of locales. Each book is a bit of adventure-travel, with Silva and crew often feeling like tourists within their own country. Yet the Silva investigations have all the step-by-step excitement of a world-class procedural series.... The books' greatest appeal, though, is Silva. Even after five books and many glimpses into his past and present, he remains an enigma. The reader never knows what the detective might or might not do in order to balance the scales of justice."
"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
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"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" Reviews
"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
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About Leighton Gage

Leighton Gage is the author of five novels in the Mario Silva series: "Blood of the Wicked, Buried Strangers, Dying Gasp, Every Bitter Thing," and "A Vine in the Blood." He spends part of each year in Santana do Parnaiba, Brazil, and divides the rest of the year between Florida and the Netherlands. He is married with four daughters.
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233 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 24% (55)
4 45% (105)
3 26% (61)
2 4% (10)
1 1% (2)
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