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International Praise for Jô Soares and A Samba for Sherlock
"Full of suspense and humor, the story transports us to the Rio of the Belle Epoque. If Soares is remarkably strong in the crime scenes, he's also deliciously agreeable in his reconstruction of places and people. His straightforward text brings to the book both depth and unpretentiousness."
--Folha de Sao Paulo
"Without a doubt, one of the most charming and entertaining books of the year...Real suspense, lots of fun, and elegance, even at its most macabre."
"Written with irresistible humor and remarkable control, this novel introduces a writer to be reckoned with."
"That I had initially suspected many innocent people is a credit to the imagination and diabolical intelligence of the true killer, but even more to Soares's masterfully presented story. This is a brilliant novelistic debut."
--Lesart Journal für Literatur --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Jô Soares is one of Brazil's best-known and most-loved cultural figures. His hugely successful career in television, theater, and film has been supplemented over recent years by his entry into the world of books and journalism with the publication of three works of nonfiction and numerous articles in Brazil. A Samba for Sherlock is his first novel.
From the Hardcover edition.
This book is an entertaining satire of a supposed Sherlock Holmes case in Brazil. The author does a good job of adding components of Brazilian culture to the case, poking fun at... Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2003 by Denis Benchimol Minev
I like to think of Soares as a comedic Gore Vidal. The basic tension in this book comes from throwing a famous, eccentric, British aristocrat into a world where characters don't... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2002 by El Cholo Invisivel
If you are a boring person, stupid and blind purist of Sherlock's "square old style", please, stay away of this book... go to the grave... and rest in peace.Published on Sept. 24 2001 by Marcio Delgado
Do you remember how you always asked yourself "What if bad guys get away and they are not caught at the end? Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2001 by Kramer
I have to agree that for foreigners the book lose a bit of its humour as there are a lot of national jokes that are hard to understand. But for me it is a brilliant book. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2001
Brazilian author Jô Soares does what many authors do: brings the Great Detective to their home location. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2000 by Amazon Customer
Much has been said about missing the elements of Brazilian culture or humour in this lame pastiche, but personally, I think Sherlock Holmes is a universal icon and pastiches using... Read morePublished on June 15 2000
It's unusual for a light novel such as this to succeed on so many counts.
The humour is less compressed and explosive than Dave Barry's but with something of the same... Read more