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The Master of the Left Side (O senhor do lado esquerdo)



Original Language: Portuguese (BR) | 288 pp. | 2011

2 Seas Represents: Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish Rights.

Rights sold: US/UK (Europa Editions), Italy (Edizioni E/O), France (Phebus), Turkey (Kapi Yayinlari).

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Mussa knows every Rio street–and savors them by name. His characters wade through a celebration of his beautiful, dangerous city of glorious extremes. One story leads into another, with several more embedded along the way, told by an endearing historian who can’t resist any temptation to tell you his own opinions on the art of the mystery novel. Brace yourself for a jawdropper ending you have never, ever, ever read before, in a concoction that could only happen in Rio. –Nick DiMartino, Shelf Awareness

Rio de Janeiro, 1913: the secretary of the Brazilian president Hermes da Fonseca is killed in a bedroom at the House of Exchanges, an old mansion that once belonged to the Marquess of Santos, later reformed to become a luxurious brothel and nest for secret lovers, that works under the façade of a medical clinic, led by a scientist obsessed by the study of women’s sexual fantasies. During the  criminal investigation, a detective from the forensic police, patron of the House, meets and suspects a rascal from the docks and starts a long intellectual duel with him to find out, between the two, who is the greatest seducer and lover.

Recipient of the 2011 editions of prestigious prizes like the National Library Award for Best Novel and the Brazilian Academy of Letters Award for Best Fiction Book, The Master of the Left Side was also honored by the Rio de Janeiro newspaper O Globo as the “best Brazilian book” published last year. Using crime as the point of departure for a plot that rummages through erotic mythology against the backdrop of early 20th century Rio de Janeiro, this novel will compose a five-book series on crimes through the city’s history from the 16th through the 20th centuries. The novel on the 17th century was released in 2007, the highly praised Queen Jinga’s Throne.