In The Spotlight: Patricia Melo’s The Body Snatcher

Read Margot Kinberg’s thoughts on Patricia Melo’s noir novel, The Body Snatcher. Very interesting!

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Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. Patricia Melo has gained a strong reputation as a skilled writer of Brazilian noir. Her work is highly regarded, and it’s about time it was included in this feature. Let’s do that today and turn the spotlight on The Body Snatcher.

The story follows the fortunes of the narrator, who is a salesman and former telemarketer from São Paulo. When a tragedy ends his job there, he moves to the town of Corumbá, not far from the Bolivian border. He settles in there, and begins a relationship with Sulamita, who works as an administrative assistant for the local police. One day, he witnesses a small plane crash into a nearby river. He rushes to the scene and finds the pilot, but he’s too late to save the man. While he’s there, he takes a backpack and a watch from…

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