I must begin by saying that I opened up this book with very mixed emotions. Not because I didn’t expect to like the writing – far from it – I have loved each of the books by Mr. Gage, and this was probably the best of them all; but because I knew it would the last by this wonderful writer, who passed away almost exactly a year ago, in July of 2013. I have loved each of his books, and, beyond that, considered him a friend. We had communicated often, about his books and about Brazil, the setting for each of the books in this terrific series, of which this is the seventh entry. I should add that he (and his wife and daughter!) always made sure I didn’t run out of Brazilian wish ribbons, to which he alluded in his books, and I have not been without one on my wrist for years.
Federal Police Chief Inspector Mario Silva is called in to investigate two deaths which occur in quick succession. As violent and brutal as these deaths were, what preceded them was infinitely worse: The deaths of thirty-nine of the lone surviving 41 members of the Awana tribe in the Brazilian state of Para, “Brazil’s modern-day equivalent of the old American Wild West.” One character says “only white men would be evil enough to poison an entire people.” It becomes clear that what is involved is nothing short of genocide, and comparably lesser crimes with which Mr. Gage’s readers have become familiar, such as corruption, greed and intolerance, are present as well. As Silva says, “Money buys justice in this part of the world.” The worst of human failings is brought to stark life in these pages. By its end, the esteem those readers have always had for Silva, his competence and his character, is only heightened.
The book’s title is taken from the Bible: “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.” The evil is made abundantly clear in this terrific book, which is highly recommended. I can only urge that readers who appreciate strongly drawn characters and a well-plotted tale not miss this wonderful, final addition to a much-loved series from a writer who will be sorely missed....Continua