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Publisher Comments:

Set in Rio de Janeiro in 1886, this internationally acclaimed literary thriller begins with the theft of a Stradivarius violin that has been presented by His Majesty the Emperor of Brazil to one of his more delectable mistresses--a harmless crime in itself but one that mystifies the authorities and (far more important) embarrasses the Emperor. At the suggestion of Sarah Bernhardt, who is on a triumphant tour through South America, the great Sherlock Holmes is summoned from London to solve the case. But by the time he arrives, events have taken a turn for the worse, as a series of grisly murders shocks the city--the victims all beautiful young women. In each case, the killer leaves his calling card: a violin string entangled in the woman's pubic hair, the corpse stripped of a flap of skin.

Holmes (and Dr. Watson, of course) are immediately off on the track of the killer, but although Sherlock succeeds in coining the term "serial killer," his celebrated powers of deduction don't get him very far with the case itself: overcome by the charm of the tropics, some spectacular digestive difficulties, and the strong appeal of a pretty young actress--at thirty-two, he's not exactly a sexual virtuoso--Sherlock finds himself in a thicker fog than he ever encountered back home in London.

And in dark counterpoint to Holmes's questionable ratiocinations and the novel's brilliantly re-created texture of nineteenth-century literary, social, and low-life Rio, is the chilling yet hypnotic voice of the killer himself, a monster of intelligence, evil, and ever-spreading fame. . . .

A Samba for Sherlock is the work of a mind of encyclopedic knowledge, caustic wit, brilliant style, and, above all, a formidable ability to entertain.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [267]-271).

About the Author

Jô Soares is one of Brazil's best-known and most-loved cultural figures. His hugely successful career in television, theater, and film has been supplemented over recent years by his entry into the world of books and journalism with the publication of three works of nonfiction and numerous articles in Brazil. A Samba for Sherlock is his first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375400650
Translator:
Landers, Clifford E.
Publisher:
Pantheon
Author:
Soares, Jose Eugenio
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Rio de janeiro (brazil)
Subject:
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Fiction.
Subject:
Holmes, Sherlock
Subject:
Rio de Janeiro
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references p. 267-271.
Series Volume:
8001
Publication Date:
19971028
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
271 p.
Dimensions:
8.55x5.82x1.00 in. 1.00 lbs.

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