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Blood of the Wicked by Leighton Gage

Blood of the Wicked

by Leighton Gage

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Bishop Dom Felipe Antunes arrives in the remote Brazilian town of Cascatas do Pontal to consecrate a newly built church and is shot by a sniper the moment he steps off his helicopter. Mario Silva, Chief Inspector for Criminal Matters for the Federal Police is sent to the town to investigate the high-profile death. What he finds is a corrupt local police force with friends in very high places and near-war brewing between wealthy landowners and the farmers who are fighting for the law which says that uncultivated land can be appropriated for genuine farming.

Upon arrival, Silva finds himself at odds with almost everyone, from the police department to the parish priests to the local residents, both rich and poor, who consider him an outsider. But Silva, together with his nephew Hector Costa, is determined to discover who killed the priest and why. When the adult son of one of the wealthiest men in the town disappears, tensions are raised another notch. Silva is under pressure from twice daily phone calls from his Director to sort out the mess which is playing badly in the media and also from local activists who are desperate for genuine justice to be implemented in their town.

Blood of the Wicked, is a compelling mystery set in modern Brazil and reflects the conflict between the few large land owners and the many landless in the country. This was a great introduction to the political and cultural system of Brazil, a country I admit I know virtually nothing about. It's definitely not for the faint hearted because there are numerous brutal deaths including innocent women and children. Mario Silva is a sympathetic protagonist, not without his own personal demons, and I really look forward to continuing this series. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
A rather violent tale set in Brazil which skillfully explores a number of social and political issues without proselytizing. ( )
  eapalmer | Dec 20, 2014 |
Blood of the Wicked by Leighton Gage is the first book in the series featuring Chief Inspector Mario Silva of the Federal Police of Brazil. This is a book that reached out and totally grabbed me. A murder mystery wrapped in a layered, well written novel that shines a light on the plight of the poor and landless against the rich and landed. Involving priests, corrupt officials, political activists and journalists this was a roller coaster ride that informed as well as thrilled.

When a Catholic Bishop arrives to dedicate a new church in the city of Cascatas and is immediately murdered, Chief Inspector Mario Silva is sent to investigate. Silva and his team arrive at a time of political unrest in the area as first a local agitator and his family are horribly murdered, than in apparent retaliation, a wealthy landowners son goes missing. Meanwhile a group of poor farmers have taken over a portion of an estate and are trying to draw attention to the conditions they are having to live in. Trying to figure out if all these cases are connected has Silva desperately trying to fit the pieces together.

In Blood of the Wicked there are more than enough bad guys, but there is one that stands head and shoulders above the rest and I haven’t felt such hatred for a villain in a long time. I truly wanted this guy to not only be exposed but for him to come to a bad end as well. The story contains torture, rape, corruption, murder and violence and as such, would not be suitable for everyone. This is a tale of retribution, revenge and ultimately justice and, as a first book in a series, Blood of the Wicked had me riveted and now wanting to see what comes next after such an emotionally charged debut. ( )
2 vote DeltaQueen50 | Oct 12, 2014 |
This is most definitely a crime novel and not a mystery. Parts were riveting, but most of it wasn't. I didn't feel cheated out of my time reading this, but I won't be reading any of the rest of the series. ( )
  lesmel | May 19, 2013 |
We're used to crime novels involving police corruption in big-city America, Russia, and the UK. The setting of Blood of the Wicked is Brazil. I imagine that most of us who've never been know the iconic images of Brazil - the beaches, Sugar Loaf, Christ of the Andes, carnival. Not in this novel of powerful landowners, powerless peasants, corrupt state police, liberation theologists, disposable street kids, ambitious media stars, the frail and the wicked. And, yes, honest federal cops, one with his own dark secrets.

The sights, smells, oppressive heat, the fear, the class distinctions, are vivid in this truly enjoyable, very suspenseful novel. I truly enjoyed it and recommend it to people who like smart police procedurals in locales more exotic than, oh, Minneapolis. ( )
  fromkin | Sep 29, 2011 |
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"In the remote Brazilian town of Cascatas do Pontal, where landless peasants are confronting the owners of vast estates, the bishop arrives by helicopter to consecrate a new church and is assassinated." "Mario Silva, Chief Inspector for Criminal Matters of the Federal Police of Brazil, is dispatched to the interior to find the killer. The Pope himself has telephoned Brazil's president; the pressure is on Silva to perform, and fast." "Assisted by his nephew, Hector Costa, also a federal policeman, Silva must battle the state police and a corrupt judiciary as well as criminals who prey on street kids, warring factions of the Landless League, and their enemies, the big landowners, as well as the Church itself in order to solve the initial murder and several brutal killings that follow." "Justice is hard to come by. An old priest, a secret liberation theologist, is its instrument. Here is a Brazil the tourist never sees."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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