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Gringa

(2018)
(The second book in the Mario Leme series)
A novel by

 
 
Sao Paulo, 2013: a city at an extraordinary moment in its history.

Mario Leme, a detective in the civil police, has developed a friendship with a young English investigative journalist, Ellie. When she goes to meet a contact in central Sao Paulo, Mario observes from the street as she walks into a building - and doesn't come out. Inside, he discovers the dead body of a young man he doesn't recognise, and Ellie's phone lying on the floor.

Told partly from Leme's point of view, partly from Ellie's, Gringa takes us through five days during the redevelopment of the centre of Sao Paulo in the run-up to the 2014 World Cup. Ellie's disappearance links characters at every level of the social hierarchy, from the drug dealers and civil and military police to the political class - she witnesses the feral brutality of urban breakdown.

Gringa, with shades of Don Winslow and James Ellroy, is a portrait of Sao Paulo in all its harshness and dysfunction, its corruption and social divisions, its kaleidoscopic dynamism, its undercurrent of derangement, and its febrile, sensual instability, executed with a deep knowledge of the city's anatomy.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Fresh, gripping and incredibly assured. Joe Thomas will be a name to watch in crime fiction." - Stav Sherez


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Used availability for Joe Thomas's Gringa

Hardback Editions

February 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Gringa (The Sao Paulo Quartet)
Author(s): Joe Thomas
ISBN: 1-911350-24-2 / 978-1-911350-24-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arcadia Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Gringa (The Sao Paulo Quartet)
Author(s): Joe Thomas
ISBN: 1-911350-34-X / 978-1-911350-34-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arcadia Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

February 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Gringa (The Sao Paulo Quartet Book 2)
Author(s): Joe Thomas
Publisher: Arcadia Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU