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BOOK REVIEW: BURIED STRANGERS
BY LEIGHTON GAGE

We hope you enjoy this book review by Patricia Reid.





Buried Strangers started slow for me but the pace picked up rapidly and continued to a dramatic and exciting ending. The slow start was due to the background of the political corruption and poverty that exists in Brazil. This background is necessary for the reader to fully comprehend the horrors set forth in Gage’s novel.

The Mop is a dog treasured by his owner and despised by Hans, an employee of the owner, whose main occupation was keeping track of The Mop. The Mop’s last excursion led to the discovery of a burial ground in Serra da Cantaria. Entire families were buried in the cemetery, some in the same graves.

Chief Inspector Mario Silva of the Brazilian Federal Police heads for San Paulo to lead the investigation. His superior, Nelson Sampaio is not pleased with Silva’s decision. He is most interested in Silva staying put and digging up dirt on Sampaio’s superior that Sampaio loathed. Silva was an expert on evading Sampaio’s requests and proceeding on his own investigations.

On arriving in San Paulo Silva finds that his early information lacks one important piece of information uncovered by the medical examiner having to do with the condition of the corpses. With the corruption in the local police department it is difficult to be sure who can be trusted and what is truth and what is lies.

To add to the mix Silva’s wife requests that he begin an investigation into the disappearance of the son of their housekeeper. The son had paid a large sum of money to a local travel agency to smuggle him into the United States and hadn’t sent any word except for a single postcard.

Silva begins to believe that there is some connection between the disappearance of not only this client of the travel agency but others that have left and haven’t been heard of since.

This is a story of politics, corruption and greed as well as poverty to a degree that is hard to imagine. The horrors that selfish individuals will impose on others leaves the reader with a lot to think about long after Buried Strangers is finished.

REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID

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