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A Samba for Sherlock

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"Full of suspense and humor. . . . If Soares is remarkably strong in the crime scenes, he's also deliciously agreeable in his reconstruction of places and people."                 --Folha de São Paulo (Brazil)

Set in Rio de Janeiro in 1886, this internationally acclaimed literary thriller opens with the theft of a priceless Stradivarius violin that has been presented by Dom Pedro, emperor of Brazil, to his favorite mistress. At the same time a hideously inventive killer is prowling the boulevards and back alleys of Rio, leaving a violin string entangled in the intimate parts of his beautiful victims. Only one man possesses the genius, the valor, and the discretion that both cases demand: Sherlock Holmes.
In this witty, charming, and highly original novel, the Brazilian author Jô Soares boldly reimagines Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth, introducing a very distracted and debauched Sherlock Holmes, one who trades cocaine for "Indian cigarettes" and falls head over heels for a sultry actress. Overflowing with suspense and historical erudition, A Samba for Sherlock is a novel that combines the authenticity of The Alienist with the exuberant fantasy of carnaval.

"Written with irresistible humor and remarkable control."
--L'Espresso (Italy)

"One of the most charming and entertaining books of the year."
--Le Point (France)

Synopsis:

In this deftly crafted and wonderfully suspenseful literary thriller, the Brazilian author Jo Soares reimagines Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth while creating a crime novel that combines the authenticity of The Alienist with the exuberant fantasy of carnaval.

Set in Rio de Janeiro in 1886, A Samba for Sherlock opens with the theft of a priceless Stradivarius violin that has been presented by the Emperor of Brazil to his favorite mistress. Concurrently, a hideously inventive killer is prowling Rio, leaving a violin string entangled in the intimate parts of his beautiful victims. Only one man possesses the genius, the valor, and the discretion that both cases demand: Sherlock Holmes.

In Soares's colorful settings, however, Holmes succumbs to the spell of the tropics, trading in his cocaine for "Indian cigarettes" and falling for a sultry actress. Alternately grisly and comic, and filled with historical erudition, A Samba for Sherlock is splendid entertainment.

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.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375700668
Translator:
Landers, Clifford E.
Author:
Landers, Clifford E.
Author:
Soares, Jo
Author:
Soares, Jose Eugenio
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Sherlock Holmes
Publication Date:
October 1998
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.62x5.62x.61 in. .77 lbs.

Related Subjects

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Product details 288 pages Random House - English 9780375700668 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In this deftly crafted and wonderfully suspenseful literary thriller, the Brazilian author Jo Soares reimagines Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth while creating a crime novel that combines the authenticity of The Alienist with the exuberant fantasy of carnaval.

Set in Rio de Janeiro in 1886, A Samba for Sherlock opens with the theft of a priceless Stradivarius violin that has been presented by the Emperor of Brazil to his favorite mistress. Concurrently, a hideously inventive killer is prowling Rio, leaving a violin string entangled in the intimate parts of his beautiful victims. Only one man possesses the genius, the valor, and the discretion that both cases demand: Sherlock Holmes.

In Soares's colorful settings, however, Holmes succumbs to the spell of the tropics, trading in his cocaine for "Indian cigarettes" and falling for a sultry actress. Alternately grisly and comic, and filled with historical erudition, A Samba for Sherlock is splendid entertainment.

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