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December Heat

by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

Don't be put off by the fact that the book is in translation - it doesn't show! A crime story with a sensitively drawn central character. Some shades of Inspector Morse but with a more literary feel. Crime with feeling.

Extract

The exhaustion that flowed from Vieira invaded the beginning of Espinosa's Sunday as he walked home. After taking the deposition he didn't feel like going to bed. More than his sadness the ex-officer's loneliness struck him. While he tried to force himself to go to sleep, at five in the morning, he was overcome by images of himself in the not-too-distant future being courted by young prostitutes hoping to be protected from the rigors of the law - which was rigorous only when it was looking after someone's personal business.
Translated by Benjamin Moser

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Last Car to Elysian Fields by James Lee Burke
Hell to Pay by George P Pelecanos
 

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