Paradise City

Paradise City

Paradise City

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:

‘Great crime fiction hinges on a sense of place, and after returning to London after ten years living in the world in which he has set his sophisticated debut, Thomas proves an adroit guide to a city that has developed at dizzying speed.' GQ Magazine

'Paradise City is a gripping read. This fast-paced and darkly atmospheric novel introduces Joe Thomas as a new and distinct voice in crime fiction of the city.' Susanna Jones, author of The Earthquake Bird

'Paradise City is an exciting, dark and trenchant thriller, exposing the dark underbelly of São Paulo where money, politics and murder meet. Fresh, gripping and incredibly assured, Joe Thomas will be a name to watch in crime fiction.' Stav Sherez, author of The Intrusions

‘With its feverish energy, opulent nightlife, culture and chaos, the Brazilian megalopolis is a perfect setting for Joe Thomas’s crime thrillers.’ The Guardian

‘A tough, uncompromising style.’ Jon Wise

‘As vibrant, colourful and complex as South America’s largest city.’ Irish Independent

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

Paradise City

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:

‘Great crime fiction hinges on a sense of place, and after returning to London after ten years living in the world in which he has set his sophisticated debut, Thomas proves an adroit guide to a city that has developed at dizzying speed.' GQ Magazine

'Paradise City is a gripping read. This fast-paced and darkly atmospheric novel introduces Joe Thomas as a new and distinct voice in crime fiction of the city.' Susanna Jones, author of The Earthquake Bird

'Paradise City is an exciting, dark and trenchant thriller, exposing the dark underbelly of São Paulo where money, politics and murder meet. Fresh, gripping and incredibly assured, Joe Thomas will be a name to watch in crime fiction.' Stav Sherez, author of The Intrusions

‘With its feverish energy, opulent nightlife, culture and chaos, the Brazilian megalopolis is a perfect setting for Joe Thomas’s crime thrillers.’ The Guardian

‘A tough, uncompromising style.’ Jon Wise

‘As vibrant, colourful and complex as South America’s largest city.’ Irish Independent

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 Paradise City and Gringa. The third part in his São Paulo quartet, Playboy, will be published in September 2019, and the final part, Brazilian Psycho, in 2020.

    He teaches English and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. Prior to this, Joe lived and taught in São Paulo for ten years.

    Titles by Joe Thomas

    Gringa by Joe Thomas
    Paradise City
    Playboy