Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Alone in the Crowd by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

Alone in the Crowd by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza
One afternoon a pensioner leaves the police station in the Copacabana region of Rio de Janeiro after learning the Chief of Police can not meet with her directly.  Moments later she is run down by a bus.  Although there is no overwhelming evidence for murder, Inspector Espinosa is not convinced it was merely an accident.  A bank clerk, with an intense attraction to Espinosa, soon emerges as a person of interest. The story is not a ‘who dunnit’ but rather a ‘what happened’.

Alone in the Crowd is a short, easy read, flowing smoothly throughout.  Although this is a psychological thriller, it is not of the deep forensic analysis type.  Rather Espinosa must connected the cloudy memories of his youth with the bank clerk.  Mr. Garcia-Roza does not get mired in introspection , rather his Inspector contemplates the case whilst walking the teeming neighborhoods of Rio and in the company of sensuous women.  I am greatly looking forward to reading more of Inspector Espinosa.

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