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A vine in the blood

Author: Leighton Gage
Publisher: New York : Soho Crime, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"It is the eve of the FIFA World Cup, the globe's premier sporting event. The host country is Brazil. All eyes are on the country's principal striker, Tico "The Artist" Santos, the greatest player in the history of the sport. All the politicians in Brasilia, from the President of the Republic on down, have their seats squared away for the finale, when they hope to see Argentina, Brazil's bitter rival, humbled by the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Mystery fiction
Named Person: Mario Silva, (Fictitious character)
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leighton Gage
ISBN: 9781616950040 1616950048
OCLC Number: 712119332
Description: 289 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Leighton Gage.
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"It is the eve of the FIFA World Cup, the globe's premier sporting event. The host country is Brazil. All eyes are on the country's principal striker, Tico "The Artist" Santos, the greatest player in the history of the sport. All the politicians in Brasilia, from the President of the Republic on down, have their seats squared away for the finale, when they hope to see Argentina, Brazil's bitter rival, humbled by the Brazilian eleven. But then, just three weeks before the first game, Juraci Santos, Tico's mother, is kidnapped. The star is distraught. The public is appalled. The politicians are outraged. And the pressure is on Chief Inspector Mario Silva to get her back. Suspects aren't lacking. Among them are a cabal of Argentineans, suspected of having spirited the lady away to put Tico off his game; the star's gold-digging, top-model girlfriend, whom his mother dislikes and has been trying to get out of his life; his principal rival, who wants to play in the World Cup in Tico's place; and the man whose leg Tico broke during a match, thereby destroying his career. In the end, Silva and his crew discover that the solution to the mystery is less complex--but entirely unexpected"--

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by Leighton (WorldCat user published 2011-11-28) Excellent Permalink

Set mostly in São Paolo, Brazil, in the two weeks leading up to the FIFA World Cup, Gage’s stellar fifth Chief Insp. Mario Silva police procedural (after 2010’s Every Bitter Thing) centers on the kidnapping of Juraci...
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