Alone in the Crowd

Alone in the Crowd

An Inspector Espinosa Mystery

Book - 2009 | First U.S. edition
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Inspector Espinosa unwittingly ignites the obsessions of a menacing misanthrope in the latest from the highly acclaimed mystery author An elderly lady approaches the front desk at the Twelfth Precinct in Copacabana and demands to speak with the chief. Tired after a long day, she leaves without further explanation, promising to return. Two hours later, Doña Laureta is dead, and witnesses' accounts vary as to whether she was pushed or fell in front of the bus that killed her on one of the busiest avenues in the city.Veteran police chief inspector Espinosa quickly pinpoints a suspect in Hugo Breno, an unassuming bank teller whose solitary existence takes on a sinister cast as he shadows the inspector's movements across the city. Meanwhile Espinosa discovers an unsettling connection from the past between himself and Breno, and must turn his trademark psychological inquiry inward to determine how murky memories of a murder from long ago might play into Doña Laureta's untimely passing. Chilling and ultimately heart-stopping, Alone in the Crowd presents Espinosa as we have never seen him before, the man of detached expertise and calm self-assurance entangled in a mystery where reason alone will not suffice.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2009
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780805079593
0805079599
Branch Call Number: FIC MYS
Characteristics: 225 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Moser, Benjamin

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May 21, 2017

I could not get lost in this mystery. I didn't feel like I ever got to know the characters of Espinosa or his stalker so I never felt involved. I was hoping for a book somewhat like those of Bruno in France - I feel like I know Bruno and all his neighbors and his co-workers but I felt no warmth or community here. I doubt if I will request any more of the books in this series.

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CB2295
Jan 10, 2012

This is #7 (and maybe the last) in a series of books set in Rio de Janiero featuring a Chief Inspector Espinosa; the Rio street names are more in evidence in this one than in book #6 and the broad outline of the story is way too easy to see; worse, the story is so similar to the plot of one of his earlier books that I had the feeling I was reading the story for the second time even though that could not have been the case; I bought a virgin edition of this book because the wait list at the library was very long; I was sorry that I’d wasted the money on this book and I doubt that I’d read any more of his books, though there don't appear to be any more as yet.

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