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byArcadia Books Limited, 15 February 2018. ISBN: 979-1-911350-24-8 (HB)
Set in São Paulo
during its re-development in the run-up to the 2014 World Cup, this is a pacy
read portraying vividly the dynamism and dysfunction, seediness and sensuality,
corruption and vibrancy of the world’s twelfth largest city.
author lived and worked here for ten years so knows it inside out.Once again we meet Mario Leme, a detective,
although not exactly a high- flyer, in the city police who featured in the
author’s gritty debut Paradise City.
befriends Ellie, a young journalist from Poole subbing on the cultural events
pages of a local English language newspaper. Ellie has stumbled across a source
with amazing information that she believes will propel her into the upper
echelons of serious investigative journalism. Leme accompanies her to the
rendezvous building but remains outside when she enters. When she fails to
emerge, he heads indoors only to be confronted by her mobile phone, the corpse
of a man he doesn’t recognise and her worrying disappearance.
the five days that Ellie is missing, the plot swings like a pendulum between
her viewpoint and Leme’s, and back and forth in time. The author has achieved
this so skillfully that it isn’t muddling or grating.There is a glossary at the end and although
some Portuguese words in the text are untranslated, this doesn’t interfere with
the rhythm or understanding of the story that is simply nossa – wow!
structure is tight and sharp, the dialogue and interaction between the
characters snappy and, at times, humorous. I can see it as perfect film noir/ TV
material and if you fancy a walk on the dark, wild side, you couldn’t choose a
more exciting fellow traveller.
a visiting lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway,
University of London. Prior to this, he lived and taught in São Paulo for ten
years. Gringa is the second book to
feature detective Mario Leme. The first, Paradise
was published by Arcadia in 2017.
Serena Fairfaxspent her childhood in India,
qualified as a lawyer in England and practised in London for many years. She
began writing by contributing feature articles to legal periodicalsthen turned her hand to fiction. Having
published nine novels all, bar one, hardwired with a romantic theme, she has
also written short stories and accounts of her explorations off the beaten
track that feature on her blog. A tenth, distinctly unromantic, novel is a work
in progress. Thrillers, crime and mystery narratives, collecting old masks and
singing are a few of her favourite things.