Thursday, February 21, 2013
Perfect Hatred by Leighton Gage
When a terrorist explodes a suicide bomb in front of the American embassy, killing sixty-seven, Silva and his entire team turn out to try to identify the killer and find the reason behind the mass murder of women and children. But, before he can even get his teeth into the case, the Minister of Justice pulls strings and sends Silva to Parana, where a political candidate was assassinated in front of over 250 thousand people. Silva's angry that he was pulled from the more pressing case, but he's even angrier when the politician's bodyguard is murdered just before Silva reaches him.
Silva is forced to work both cases, but he considers the act of a terrorism a bigger threat, particularly after another bomb goes off in Argentina, a bomb made of the same components as the one in Brazil. So, he works closely with his team, with no idea that a psychopath has Silva himself as a target, the incorruptible cop who testified against him and is sending him to prison.
Gage's Brazilian mysteries are not for every reader. The stories are complex, with a number of characters and a couple storylines. They're gritty, violent, and realistic, spotlighting the crime and corruption in Brazil and neighboring countries in South America. Crime investigation in South America is not easy when the police themselves are often the target.
Leighton Gage has his finger on the pulse of Brazil in the same way Jeffrey Siger does for Greece. Both authors are masters of the contemporary gritty story focusing on today's issues in troubled countries. Each of Gage's books has targeted issues in Brazil. And, this one, with its focus on terrorism, is probably the scariest of all. In fact, there's less black humor in this book than in previous ones in the series. Perfect Hatred is a contemporary story dealing with issues that are critical in the world today. Too many details would spoil the plot. But, as with the best police procedurals, when the story is wrapped up, justice has been served. And, Leighton Gage's Mario Silva investigations are some of the best contemporary police procedurals out there.
Leighton Gage's website is www.leightongage.com, and he blogs with six other writers at http://murderiseverywhere.blogspot.com
Perfect Hatred by Leighton Gage. Soho Press. 2013. ISBN 9781616951764 (hardcover), 320p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The author had a copy of the book sent to me, hoping I would review it.