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A SAMBA FOR SHERLOCK (O Xang de Baker Street) is a novel written by the Brazilian author J Soares and first published in 1995.
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The well-known stage actress Sarah Bernhardt is in Brazil for a triumphal tour. At the same time, a serial killer is at work in Rio de Janeiro. Two women have already been savagely murdered by this killer who cuts the tongue of his victims. Sarah advises the King of Brazil to ask the famous Sherlock Holmes to come in Rio in order to help the local police. A few weeks later, Holmes and Dr. Watson arrive. In spite of his not always accurate, deductions, Sherlock Holmes is unable to help the police chief Mello Pimenta. In the meantime, another bloody murder is committed.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very humorous How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   local police w/ IQ of a houseplant    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Big focus on autopsies    -   Killer purposely leaves clues Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in that culture Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   South City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York) Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of other female areas    -   descript. of male nudity Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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