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The Mystery of Rio

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Rio de Janeiro, 1913. The Secretary of the Presidency of the Republic is murdered at the former home of the Marquesa de Santos, known as the House of Exchanges, a sophisticated brothel where secret meetings take place. Under the guise of a medical clinic, the brothel is run by a scientist obsessed with the study of female sexual fantasies. During the criminal investigation ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Europa Editions (first published 2011)
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This book starts with a murder and is the story for the hunt for the prostitute believed to be responsible. However, the main themes are the history of Rio and secondly, the Polish doctor who runs the brothel and his research on sex. A bit like Kinsey but less scientific. The history might be interesting to some readers and bog down others. This won a Brazilian award for novels. Some descriptions call the book fast-paced but I would never call it that.
Mariano Hortal
Curiosa y atípica propuesta de novela policíaca del brasileño Alberto Mussa. La investigación policial es casi una excusa que le sirve al autor para presentarnos hechos colaterales, periféricos a ella. Especialmente relacionados con la historia de Brasil o con la propia actualidad de la ciudad de Río de Janeiro. A veces se convierte en un relato erótico, otras veces en un relato histórico, la mayoría de las veces en un relato policiaco. El resultado final no deja de ser interesante a pesar de qu ...more
Jeffrey Cavanaugh
Nov 03, 2013 Jeffrey Cavanaugh rated it liked it
The story is an erotic cat-and-mouse game set in a slightly fantastical Rio. Slow, but when discussing the city, the people, and its sultry, tropical climate... can it be anything but?
André Makarenko
Bem chatinho, só vale pelas referências à História do Rio
Maris Zirnis
Feb 20, 2014 Maris Zirnis rated it really liked it
Well this was rather interesting book, and ending was something you didnt expect, but I wount spoil it for you, read it by yourself :)
Its kind-off crime novel, sexual twists and turns and all of it enveloped in Rio de Janeiro and history of the city!
I can reccomend this book to you - reader, if you like to try new genre styles and new writing techniques! Overall great book!
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Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1961, Alberto Mussa studied mathematics and percussion before dedicating himself to linguistics. After obtaining a Masters degree from UFRJ with a thesis on African languages in Brazil, Mussa worked as a teacher and authored a dictionary then published his first novel, Elegbara, in 1997, followed by O trono da rainha Jinga (1999), which won the National Library prize. O e ...more
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