Paradise City

Paradise City

Paradise City

'Brilliant' - The Times

An atmospheric, compelling and beautifully written crime debut, set in contemporary Brazil.

Mario Leme is a low-ranking detective in the São Paulo civil police. Every day on the way to work he sets off early and drives through the favela known as Paraisópolis – Paradise City. It’s a pilgrimage: his wife Renata was gunned down at an intersection here a year ago, the victim of a stray bullet in a conflict between drug dealers.
 

One morning, parked near the place where Renata died, he sees an SUV careen out of control and flip over. The driver Leo is killed, but before his body is removed, Leme is sure he sees bullet wounds.

Leo’s death wasn’t an accident, he was murdered. Soon, his girlfriend turns up dead too. And if they were killed deliberately, perhaps Renata was too …

Leme finds himself immersed further and further in the dark underbelly of Brazilian society, as corruption seeps from the highest to the lowest echelons, and the devastating truth about Renata begins to emerge.  

PRAISE FOR JOE THOMAS:

‘Brilliant’ The Times

‘Feverish energy’ Guardian

‘Wonderfully vivid’ Mail on Sunday

‘Sophisticated, dizzying’ GQ

‘Vivid and visceral’ The Times

‘Superbly realised…vivid and atmospheric’ Guardian

‘Original’ Mail on Sunday

‘A stylish, atmospheric treat…an inspired blend of David Peace and early Pinter’ Irish Times

‘Sparse, energetic, fragmented prose’ The Spectator

‘Vibrant, colourful, and complex’ Irish Independent

‘Stylish, sharp-witted, taut. A must for modern noir fans’ NB Magazine

‘Definitive…confident and energetic’ Crime Time

‘Brilliant…manic energy’ Jake Arnott

‘Wildly stylish and hugely entertaining’ Lucy Caldwell

‘Vivid, stylish, funny’ Mick Herron

‘Gripping, fast-paced, darkly atmospheric’ Susanna Jones

‘Snappy, thoughtful, moving’ John King

‘Exciting, fresh, incredibly assured’ Stav Sherez

‘Happy days!’ Mark Timlin

‘Utterly brilliant’ Cathi Unsworth

‘Had James Ellroy and David Peace collaborated on a novel…they’d have written something like this’ Paul Willets

Price £: 
14.99
Hardback
Published: 
16 Feb 2017
ISBN: 
9781910050972
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Paradise City by Joe Thomas

Paradise City

'Brilliant' The Times

An atmospheric, compelling and beautifully written crime debut, set in contemporary Brazil.

Mario Leme is a low-ranking detective in the São Paulo civil police. Every day on the way to work he sets off early and drives through the favela known as Paraisópolis – Paradise City. It’s a pilgrimage: his wife Renata was gunned down at an intersection here a year ago, the victim of a stray bullet in a conflict between drug dealers.
 

One morning, parked near the place where Renata died, he sees an SUV careen out of control and flip over. The driver Leo is killed, but before his body is removed, Leme is sure he sees bullet wounds.

Leo’s death wasn’t an accident, he was murdered. Soon, his girlfriend turns up dead too. And if they were killed deliberately, perhaps Renata was too …

Leme finds himself immersed further and further in the dark underbelly of Brazilian society, as corruption seeps from the highest to the lowest echelons, and the devastating truth about Renata begins to emerge.  

PRAISE FOR JOE THOMAS:

‘Brilliant’ The Times

‘Feverish energy’ Guardian

‘Wonderfully vivid’ Mail on Sunday

‘Sophisticated, dizzying’ GQ

‘Vivid and visceral’ The Times

‘Superbly realised…vivid and atmospheric’ Guardian

‘Original’ Mail on Sunday

‘A stylish, atmospheric treat…an inspired blend of David Peace and early Pinter’ Irish Times

‘Sparse, energetic, fragmented prose’ The Spectator

‘Vibrant, colourful, and complex’ Irish Independent

‘Stylish, sharp-witted, taut. A must for modern noir fans’ NB Magazine

‘Definitive…confident and energetic’ Crime Time

‘Brilliant…manic energy’ Jake Arnott

‘Wildly stylish and hugely entertaining’ Lucy Caldwell

‘Vivid, stylish, funny’ Mick Herron

‘Gripping, fast-paced, darkly atmospheric’ Susanna Jones

‘Snappy, thoughtful, moving’ John King

‘Exciting, fresh, incredibly assured’ Stav Sherez

‘Happy days!’ Mark Timlin

‘Utterly brilliant’ Cathi Unsworth

‘Had James Ellroy and David Peace collaborated on a novel…they’d have written something like this’ Paul Willets

Price £: 
8.99
Paperback
Published: 
13 Jul 2017
ISBN: 
9781911350163
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About the author

  • Joe Thomas

    Joe Thomas

    Joe Thomas is the author of the São Paulo Quartet – Paradise City, Gringa, Playboy and Brazilian Psycho – and Bent, his first London novel.

    Titles by Joe Thomas

    Bent
    Brazilian Psycho
    Gringa by Joe Thomas
    Paradise City
    Playboy