Silence of the Rain: An Inspector Espinosa Mystery: NO. 1 Paperback – 1 July 2003
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- Publisher : St. Martins Press-3PL; Reprint edition (1 July 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312421184
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312421182
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.73 x 21.59 cm
- Customer Reviews:
"Readers who like their thrillers to possess something beyond a fast-paced, tricky plot will find much to marvel over [here]...Breathes fresh air into the crime novel genre." --Los Angeles Times
"Effortlessly conveys ideas and characters...[and] displays the mystery novel as a richly expressive medium for ideas... Garcia-Roza will find an eager audience in English." --The Washington Post
"Combines elements of the suspense novel with an erotic Brazilian ambience in a mix that keeps the pages turning." --St. Petersburg Times
"A beautifully atmospheric, hard-boiled crime novel." --Booklist (starred review)
"Garcia-Roza's Hitchcockian trick of knowing exactly how much to reveal to keep his audience off-balance keeps this melancholic debut simmering." --Kirkus Reviews
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Women in the book do not escape stereotypes - beautiful and intelligent, beautiful and emotional and so on. Espinosa cant help but reflect on their looks and charms. In the end, when Rose the secretary has to escape the kidnapper, the solution is just plain offensive, absurd and wholly unrealistic for a woman in her predicament. Garcia Roza can't help but mix up her fear and danger with lame eroticism. Seems implausible.
The plot gets off to an odd start. In the first pages a we watch an executive disguise his suicide as murder. But since Espinosa does not share the reader's knowledge, he spends most of the book trying to solve a murder that isn't a murder. But as he widens his investigation, key people disappear and real murders occur, which puts the inspector into a state of total confusion. He can only form fantasies about what 's going on, but his fantasies are all wrong.
It's rare to see so much floundering by the detective-hero in a police procedural, but Espinosa is such an appealing character that I forgave him all his mistakes. I even forgave his inappropriate attraction to certain women characters in the story.
The plot offers both inaction and action in generous doses. Tedious stake-outs and exciting shoot-outs. And some fascinating scenes of love-making. The denouement is ironic and unforgettable. I loved it.
So I enjoyed this book immensely, even though the detective wasn't always brilliant. For one thing, the writing style is superlative -- rich in humor and literary finesse. And the setting in Rio is fun, for different reasons than you might expect. I've already ordered the next couple of books in the series.
that I kept reading, for I was absorbed in the plot. But there was little
description of the surroundings and no "atmosphere" of the place. I didn't
feel connected to the place at all. It could have taken place anywhere, whereas
I expected to feel something of being in Brazil. In my opinion, the sexual,
graphic depiction at the end had only one purpose, and that was to shock. It was
what typically the American reader desires. Sex and exploitation sell books in
America. This book, of course was a translation, but I have read numerous
criminal detective novels in languages other than English, and there is description, literary style and a complicated, intriguing plot that does not
require a unwarranted shocking sexually explicit ending when there was not one
instance of anything sexual in the entire book, except some thoughts that the detective had. I was disappointed, but will most likely read another book by the same author.