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A Window in Copacabana (Inspector Espinosa #4)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  268 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. Three policemen have been killed over the course of a few days. Espinosa, chief of the 12th Precinct, doesn't have much to go on. When the body of a woman connected to one of the dead cops is found on the sidewalk below her apartment window, things get even more complicated, as a reputed "witness"--the wife of a high-ranking government official- ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by Picador (first published 2001)
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Kae Cheatham
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
When I'm reading a well-constructed book, I usually get a quick idea of what the main characters look like. Often the author is very specific, with written visual details. But other books are more subtle and my imagination builds the character from the environment and attitude that is presented for the characters. With Window in Copacabana there are no actual physical descriptions, but I picture Chief Espinosa looking much like Jose Maurinho--the former manager of Chelsea FC (English Premier Lea ...more
Newton Nitro
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uma Janela Em Copacabana (Inspector Espinosa #4) - Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza | Cia das Letras, 2001, 218 páginas | Lido de 15/02/17 a 16/02/17 | Nota 4 em 5


Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. Três policiais são executados em curto espaço de tempo. Eram tiras medíocres, e suas mortes têm muito em comum. Foram eliminados por um assassino frio, que não deixa rastro e costuma disparar à queima-roupa.
De imediato, o mundo policial entra em rebuliço. Quem estaria disposto a correr o risco de sair matando
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brasil, mystery
The fourth--and in my opinion, the best to date--of the Inspector Espinosa of the Rio de Janeiro police series.[return][return][return][return]A series of murders occurs that are linked to corruption in the Rio police. But that's about the only thing that is clear throughout most of the book. Espinosa manages to get himself involved one way or another with two women who are closely associated with the murders. The pace is fast, the writing excellent. For much of the book, little more is understo ...more
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brasil, policiário
Quarto volume da série policial protagonizada pelo Delegado Espinosa e passada nas ruas do Rio de Janeiro (e o quinto que leio). O meu preferido de todos os que li até aqui. Um mistério verdadeiramente intrigante, que só se resolve nas últimas páginas, e mesmo assim a justiça fica por fazer. E as páginas passadas num cruzamento do Leme, com Serena a vigiar a janela da frente, ou a janela do seu próprio apartamento, têm aquela pontinha de incómodo que as torna irresistíveis. Grande livro policial ...more
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O melhor, ainda melhor que o primeiro, que me tinha surpreendido tanto. Os nomes das duas personagens femininas não podiam ser mais irónicos. Três pontos a favor deste romance: o grande fim, Espinosa que pensa em abrir um sebo mais dia menos dia e a relação com Irene que evolui.
Excelente policialcom fim ótimo e surpreendente.
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Light murder mysteries are normally one of my go-to genres, and while A Window in Copacabana was not necessarily boring or disappointing, I found this installment of the Inspector Espinosa series a bit expected, or predictable? There was never a feeling of suspense, for me, or anxiousness to resolve the issues.

I originally chose to read this book to get a taste of Brazil, and I did notice a lot of comparisons between law enforcement in Rio versus America. It treats corruption within the police d
Adriana Fogaça
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Título: Uma Janela Em Copacabana
Autor: Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza
Série: Espinosa 04
Editora: Companhia das Letras
Ano: 2001

Cada vez que leio um livro do Garcia-Roza mais apaixonada fico, tenho esse amor incondicional e platônico pelo delegado Espinosa.

O delegado é tão fascinante, um homem da lei tão distraído com sua própria segurança ou com o que está acontecendo ao seu redor, ainda mais quando está perdido em pensamentos e conjecturas sobre seus casos.

É obvio que essa falta de preocupação consigo
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-brazil
This was Ok-very different. Starts off good then slows down. The ending is not much of an ending if you're looking for justice. It took me awhile to figure it out but the deccreasing pages remaining facilitated my solution. Another aspect of this book that bothered me was the author's emphasis of streets and directions, yet he did not provide a map, which would have been very helpful. Yes, I'm going to read the others in this series. Espinosa is a cop who loves books and an honest one too. Just ...more
Apr 28, 2009 rated it liked it
This book only gets a three because it's set in Rio. The descriptions of the city and the life of a policeman there are worth the read. The mystery itself is OK, but I had problems with the ending,and characters were not well detailed (I couldn't tell them apart. Plus it's two weeks since I read it, and I don't remember a word of it. You know that's a bad sign. (For me or the book? Ummmm, I'm not sure :)
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another quick read w/ detective Espinosa. Just enough tricky things going on in the plot to keep it interesting. Rio stars again. I love the descriptions if the streets and the constant location details. I've been looking at maps od Rio online, refreshing my memory from a visit there some years ago.
Sep 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With Stieg Larsson's novels I am in the mood again for some detective/crime stories. This one caught my attention and it was a good little story that kept the mystery until the end. But it was lacking just a bit of meat and complexity that a crime novel should have. Not a lot of character and situational analyis either. I am on the quest for something better.
Catherine Woodman
I like the set-in-Brazil aspect of this, but the plots that twists and turns is not one of my favorites, and the final plot twist in this murder mystery made me want to throw up my hands--that said, my husband enjoyed it, so for the more gritty of readers, this might be a good one.
Mar 27, 2007 rated it liked it
airplane read! passed the time with a light mystery...
Marta Vieira abrao
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Muito legal! Adorei o detetive Espinosa e o fato de a trama se passar aqui em Copa. A história é envolvente e prende o leitor. Eu recomendo!!!
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting story with fascinating elements of romance and mystery and police procedure in satisfying balance. I truly loved this novel.
Jul 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Mystery-wise, I thought this one was the strongest so far. 4 down, 3 to go ...
Apr 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A solid mystery series, set in Brazil, with a main character who is reminiscent of Aureilo Zen or Inspector Matalbano. "Window" is a somewhat dreamy window into another culture.
Gyrid Cecilie Nygaard
A criminal novel set in Copacabana in Rio. Reading it through my portuguese lessons.
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