“A first novel of high quality, a sober and effective narrative which makes The Gold of Quipapá one of the good 2013 surprises.”
– Passion Polar
Recife, Brazil, 1987. A realtor, Alberico Cruz, witnesses the murder of a rural leader. Wrongly accused of the crime, he is arrested but escapes during a rebellion. To prove his innocence and save his life, he allies himself to a journalist with whom he goes to a very small town in the sugar cane region, hoping to identify the real murderer of the union leader: the journalist suspects of Kelbian Carvalho, the son of a distillery owner, who reigns like a tyrant in the region. Kelbian secretly rules a gold mine in the backwoods which uses slaves. By chance, Cruz recognizes Kelbian’s half brother and partner and follows him, discovering the mine.
Back to Recife, the scandal comes to light, and Carvalho family decides to get rid of Kelbian – by this time, he became a mess – and buy Cruz’s silence. After hesitating, he accepts to be corrupted.
A wonderful noir novel that has been gathering enormous praise from the French press.
Publication/Status: Published by Autêntica (Brazil) in 2014 and Métailié (France) in March, 2015. [176 pages]