For eleven-year-old Kingie, there are lessons to be learned from drug trafficking. His first job is as a lookout, working from a strategic spot on the hillside slums of Rio. But as he grows older he realises that in order to survive you must also keep a close watch on yourself as well. In her powerful new novel, Patricia Melo tells of Kingie's life of crime, of his poverty-ridden childhood, how he pursues his dreams and the way he learns to achieve leadership. In his uncertain world, chaos manifests itself as violence and deprivation, whether machine-gun fire, unwanted adolescent pregnancy, or the fraught relationships between servants and their employers. Kingie's path intersects with a network of stories of love, family, crime and power. The plot twists and turns through a compelling tale where rapid-fire language and a sharp sense of humour combine to make this shocking story of a man who would be king.

Genre: General Fiction

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July 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Inferno
Author(s): Patricia Melo
ISBN: 0-7475-6159-1 / 978-0-7475-6159-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


May 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Inferno
Author(s): Patricia Melo
ISBN: 0-7475-5779-9 / 978-0-7475-5779-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU