Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza Analysis


(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza began his writing career by publishing academic works while he was a professor of psychology at Brazil’s Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. His experience as a scientist and psychiatrist is reflected in his mystery series centered on Inspector Espinosa, who investigates crime in the Copacabana section of Rio de Janeiro. In these novels, crimes are not always solved, but Garcia-Roza thoroughly examines the inspector’s thoughts as he contemplates the psychological and philosophical issues that produce these often brutal crimes.

Through Espinosa’s thoughts, Garcia-Roza comments on the modern Brazilian mind, with special emphasis on the psychological and legal interactions between the multiple levels of society to be found in Copacabana and Rio de Janeiro. Espinosa’s calm, frank, and astute assessment of the reasons for the existence of corruption in the megalopolis where he lives provides a nonbiased explanation of the reality of the lives of those who are typically not mentioned in the daily news: the homeless children living on the streets of Rio, police who place their own welfare above that of their fellow citizens, and strong and independent women who function within a male culture.


(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

Craig-Odders, Renee W., ed. Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Detective Fiction. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2006. Collection of essays on multiple authors of detective works with astute observations on the sociopolitical environments in which the works are located. Especially useful for feminist observations. Index.

Garcia-Roza, Luis Alfredo. Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza. A useful source for general information on Garcia-Roza and on Copacabana and Rio de Janeiro (location of the mystery works).

Hooper, Brad. Review of A Window in Copacabana by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza. Booklist 101, no. 5 (November 1, 2004): 468. A favorable review of the work in the Espinosa series that mentions the author’s use of Rio de Janeiro as a setting.

Simpson, Amelia S. Detective Fiction from Latin America. London: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1990. This work is a general explanation of the Latin American mystery novel from a historical and geopolitical viewpoint. The Brazilian mystery novel is examined as being unique unto itself. Important Latin American mystery authors’ works are also briefly covered. Photographs and index.