Carioca Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald

By Gregory Mcdonald

Carioca Fletch

Fletch’s journey to Brazil wasn’t precisely deliberate. yet it’s Carnival time in Rio and he has lots of funds, due to a bit association made stateside. And it took him no time to connect to the luscious Laura Soares. Fletch is commencing to chill out, only a little.

Carioca Fletch

But among the yankee widow who appears following Fletch and the Brazilian widow who’s fingered Fletch as her long-dead husband, he without notice doesn’t have a lot time to benefit from the current or perhaps get a wink of sleep.

Carioca Fletch

A thirty-year-old unsolved homicide, a more moderen suicide, an inconvenient center attack–somehow Fletch is hooked up to them all and a type of connections may possibly simply shorten his personal existence. From Rio to Bahia and again back, on the peak of Carnival, Fletch has to maintain relocating or get stopped chilly.

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Teodomiro da Costa did well exchanging currencies and commodities. Fletch had invested his money with him. On the terrace Laura and Otavio were greeting each other with hugs and kisses and rapid talk in Brazilian Portuguese. Wordlessly, Otavia then shook Fletch’s hand. “Boa noite,” Fletch said. “Otavio has come here to meet with his publisher,” Laura said. “He is staying nearby, with Alfredo and Gloria. Have you met them? Alfredo is a marvelous man, true Brazilian, so full of life, generous to a fault.

You see, you came to Brazil. ” Fletch exhaled deeply. ” “Idalina. ” “What bothers me is that you listened to her. ” Laura turned the page of the magazine. ” “Laura, you seem to have no regard for the real past. ” She was studying some health chart in the magazine. ” “Bananas are good for potassium,” she said. ” “You won’t let me explain. ” She flung the magazine aside and looked at him standing between the window and the bureau. ” he asked. She rolled more onto her back and held one leg, one arm in the air.

Fletch finally poured himself a Scotch and water and sat back. Then he and Laura danced awhile. When it was very late in the night he found himself sitting at the end of the table with Norival, who was having difficulty keeping his eyes open and his tongue straight, being told, even being asked, about various kinds of fish available in the South Atlantic. Slowly it occurred to Fletch that Norival was talking to him as Janio Barreto, who had fished these waters fifty years ago. Fletch decided it was time to leave.

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