Nothing Can Hurt You Now

Original title: Nada vai acontecer com voce

Author: Campos, Simone

Publication Date:

May 2021

Pages:

192

Original language and publisher

Portuguese | Companhia das Letras

Territories Handled

Netherlands, Scandinavia, World English

Territories Sold

World English (Pushkin Press)

Genre

Crime & Thrillers

Nothing Can Hurt You Now

Original title: Nada vai acontecer com voce

Author: Campos, Simone

Synopsis

Lucinda works at a public TV station in Rio. Her everyday life is shaken when she learns that her younger sister, Viviana, has gone missing in São Paulo. Lucinda goes to the police, but is met with indifference; anxious about her sister’s fate, she decides to do her own sleuthing. She’s shocked as she finds that Vivi was leading a double life: not only was she a model, but also a sex worker. She also learns that Vivi had a girlfriend, Graziane, who’s in the same line of work. Together, Lucinda and Graziane start to investigate men from Viviana’s past to try and find her before it’s too late. The suspects include her ex-boyfriend, her former boss – who was once implicated in a case of racism against Vivi –, and even the sisters’ absent father, who’d been getting a dubious allowance from his missing daughter. One by one they’re visited and probed by Grazi and Luci; they act either like they’re untouchable or offended by the accusation, but all fail to show concern about Viviana. After talking to her father and concluding he’s innocent, Lucinda decides to examine the spot on the road from where Viviana disappeared. There, she collects some evidence and realizes her sister fought a kidnapper and probably failed. Then, Graziane gets a distressed text from Viviana and joins Lucinda in her rescue mission.

We then connect with Viviana’s point of view. She tells how she’s being kept captive on a farm after being kidnapped by a chauffeur, César, to be handed on a platter to a big landowner’s son, Davi. Davi, a 25-year-old former client of Vivi’s, says he’s in love with her, but Vivi quickly gleans troubling motivations for his actions, which include proving to his father and friends that he’s “a real man” by showing her off as a trophy. César, a violent, cynical man, seems capable of anything in order to please his actual boss: Davi’s father. Vivi tries to escape captivity through social engineering, playing coy while picking apart her kidnappers’ actions and purposes to find an exploit. She finds out that César’s true plan was not only to make Davi give up on her, but also to lead him into murdering her to teach him how unruly women should be dealt with. Lucinda and Graziane arrive in the nick of time, overpower César and save Viviana; Davi dies and the police finally shows up, along with Davi’s father, who tries but fails to pressure Viviana into dropping the charges against his son. The story ends with Lucinda, Viviana, and Graziane dining out; Viviana reveals she’s going to study Law, following in her mother’s footsteps in the firm she’s a partner of.

 

Marketing Information

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