Leighton Gage

Died July 27th, 2013Leighton Gage writes the Chief Inspector Mario Silva series, crime novels set in Brazil. He and his Brazilian-born wife divide their time between their home in Brazil and those of their children and grandchildren in Europe and the U.S.Praise for the Chief Inspector: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. The Wall Street JournalSouth America’s Kurt Wallander - BooklistTop notch...controversial and entirely absorbing...irresistible - The New York TimesMasterful - The Toronto Globe and MailCompelling - The Boston GlobeFascinating, complex and riveting - Florida Sun SentinelIntelligent and subtle…suspenseful and sophisticated - Publisher’s WeeklyHighly recommended - Library JournalColorful characters and crackling banter - Kirkus Reviews

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