A Samba for Sherlock: A Novel
Vintage

A Samba for Sherlock: A Novel

  • Publish Date: 1998-10-27
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Jose Eugenio Soares

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Full of suspense and humor. . . . If Soares is remarkably strong in the crime scenes, he's also deliciously agreeable in his reconstruction of places and people. --Folha de So Paulo (Brazil)

Set in Rio de Janeiro in 1886, this internationally acclaimed literary thriller opens with the theft of a priceless Stradivarius violin that has been presented by Dom Pedro, emperor of Brazil, to his favorite mistress. At the same time a hideously inventive killer is prowling the boulevards and back alleys of Rio, leaving a violin string entangled in the intimate parts of his beautiful victims. Only one man possesses the genius, the valor, and the discretion that both cases demand: Sherlock Holmes.
In this witty, charming, and highly original novel, the Brazilian author J Soares boldly reimagines Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth, introducing a very distracted and debauched Sherlock Holmes, one who trades cocaine for Indian cigarettes and falls head over heels for a sultry actress. Overflowing with suspense and historical erudition, A Samba for Sherlock is a novel that combines the authenticity of The Alienist with the exuberant fantasy of carnaval.

Written with irresistible humor and remarkable control.
--L'Espresso (Italy)

One of the most charming and entertaining books of the year.
--Le Point (France)

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