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Another bizarre plot in the 5th of the Inspector Espinosa series set in Rio de Janeiro.

A psychiatrist becomes convinced that he is being stalked by a patient. Yet, as the plot unfolds, it isn't clear just who is being stalked and exactly what is happening to the psyciatrist and his family. Espisoa eventually becomes involved in the increasingly bizarre story; he is not the major figure in the stroy but more of a bystander, tangential to the main plot line.

Very impressive writing, making the story believable and keeping the reader completely at sea as to what is really happening. ( )
  Joycepa | Jul 16, 2007 |
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On that hot December afternoon, his long strides and fixed stare didn't make it any easier to weave through all the pedestrians.
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The subtlety and nuance that have won Brazilian author Garcia-Roza much acclaim are sadly absent in his fifth Inspector Espinosa mystery (after 2005's A Window in Copacabana). The austere translation makes it difficult to distinguish the voices of Rio cop Espinosa and his colleagues, Ramiro and Welber, as they untangle the complicated stories of psychiatrist Artur Nesse; Nesse's wife, Teresa; and their teenage daughters, Letícia and Roberta. Nesse's family seems to lead a fairly straightforward life until a patient of his, Isidoro Cruz, seduces Letícia. Nesse has them both hospitalized, claiming that Cruz is psychotic and Letícia has suffered a breakdown. When Roberta disappears and Teresa is found dead on a sidewalk bench, the police must unravel a long and confusing chain of events to understand what crimes have been committed and by whom. Little character development takes place against this dark backdrop, though we do learn more about Welber than in previous books, and in the end, with many questions deemed unanswerable, the whole thing seems an exercise in frustration as much for the reader as for Espinosa and his crew.
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When his daughter disappears and a patient emerges as the prime suspect, a troubled psychiatrist comes to Espinosa for help, in the fifth novel in the beguiling Brazilian crime series

A hospital psychiatrist feels he's being stalked by a young patient. For as long as possible, he convinces himself that the young man is harmless, but when the doctor's daughter disappears and the patient goes missing, too, he calls on Espinosa for help. Soon after, the patient turns up dead.
With his death begins a chain of other deaths, each more mysterious than the one that preceded it, each seemingly linked to the doctor and his former patient. As Espinosa learns more about the doctor's history, it becomes harder to discern the stalker from the stalked, reality from fantasy, and the sane from the diabolical. In this installment of the "seductive, fascinating" (The New York Times Book Review) series, the sultry maze of Rio de Janeiro's streets conspires against Espinosa, confounding his judgment, stymieing his search, and, somewhere, concealing a murderer.

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When his daughter disappears and a stalker patient emerges as the prime suspect, a troubled hospital psychiatrist contacts Espinosa for help, but as Espinosa learns more about the doctors history he finds it difficult to discern the stalker from the stalked and reality from fantasy.… (more)

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