In the woods on the outskirts of São Paulo, Brazil, a dog unearths a human bone, buried recently. Chief Inspector Mario Silva of the Federal Police and his team of investigators are called in from Brasilia and discover a clandestine cemetery. And then another. Someone has secretly disposed of the bodies of hundreds of human beings, their corpses often interred in family groups. To get to the bottom of these heinous deeds, Silva must navigate a twisted and dangerous web of politics, corruption, and greed.
“Topnotch . . . controversial and entirely absorbing.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Realistic characters that readers can care about.” —Detroit Free Press
“Gage’s compelling novels are good examples of how talented crime writers use the police procedural form to lay bare a society.” —Indianapolis Star
“New and convincing.” —Mystery Scene
“An impressive follow-up to an excellent debut . . . [A] story so real and chilling it’s hard to imagine it happening anywhere else but Silva’s Brazil . . . Silva may just be South America’s Kurt Wallender.” —Booklist, Starred Review
“A gritty police procedural that benefits from its offbeat locale and an impressive tapestry of believable characters.” —Kirkus Reviews