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.
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International Praise for Jô Soares and A Samba for Sherlock
"Full of suspense and humor, the story transports us to the Rio of the Belle Epoque. If Soares is remarkably strong in the crime scenes, he's also deliciously agreeable in his reconstruction of places and people. His straightforward text brings to the book both depth and unpretentiousness."
--Folha de Sao Paulo
"Without a doubt, one of the most charming and entertaining books of the year...Real suspense, lots of fun, and elegance, even at its most macabre."
"Written with irresistible humor and remarkable control, this novel introduces a writer to be reckoned with."
"That I had initially suspected many innocent people is a credit to the imagination and diabolical intelligence of the true killer, but even more to Soares's masterfully presented story. This is a brilliant novelistic debut."
--Lesart Journal für Literatur
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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Descripción Patheon 1997/97, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. First Edition. Hardback Suspense 1st. Ed. Advance Reading Copy As New/As New; 60881. Nº de ref. de la librería 60881
Descripción Pantheon, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0375400656
Descripción Pantheon, NY, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. 1st Edition. This is a New and Unread copy of the first edition (1st printing). Book. Nº de ref. de la librería 037401
Descripción Pantheon, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110375400656