Thursday, February 21, 2013

Perfect Hatred by Leighton Gage

Leighton Gage's Chief Inspector Mario Silva police procedurals have everything; dirty politics, corruption at every level of the government and the police force, terrorism. The rich just get richer by any means from bribery to murder. That's Mario Silva's world in Brazil, where he and his team of Federal Police do their best to bring about justice. In Perfect Hatred, that team has to deal with two terrible crimes, not knowing their own lives are in danger.

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, and he blogs with six other writers at

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.


Joe Barone said...

I have this book on my Kindle ready to read in the next few weeks. I read my first of this man's books a while back and liked it.

Lesa said...

Gritty. Not what I normally read, Joe, but he does it so well.

Karen C said...

Sounds good. I've found that I prefer the darker, grittier stories, so I'll be sure to check this one out.

Jane R said...

If I'm in the right mood, this type of book can be really appealing. I don't believe I've ever read a police procedural that takes place in South America. But if I do, it sounds like this author is the one to choose. I'll have to check out his books. Thanks for the review!

Lesa said...

You're welcome. Leighton lives in Brazil part of the time, so he is the author to choose if you decide to read about South America. I hope you both enjoy his books if you try them!