By Tim Wirkus
Already suffering to maintain their tiny congregation afloat, Mormon missionaries stationed within the risky Latin American local of Vila Barbosa suspect the worst whilst Marco Aurelio, a guy they lately baptized, disappears from a crowded road marketplace. while the neighborhood's corrupt police strength indicates no curiosity, Elder Toronto and Elder Schwartz choose to examine Marco Aurelio's disappearance themselves.
Breaking project rule after challenge rule, the elders doggedly pursue any clues that may cause them to their good friend. As they interview the folk who knew him--his short-tempered, bodybuilding brother; his gun-toting ex-wife; his mercurial former company partner--a tangled portrait emerges of an enigmatic con artist in over his head. on the edges of the research lurks a shadowy, legendary determine recognized purely because the Argentine, a guy who poses an more and more dire hazard to the 2 younger missionaries as they plunge recklessly forward.
Tim Wirkus' urban of Brick and Shadow is a superbly enjoyable trip, recasting the vintage buddy-cop dynamic in a couple of hapless younger missionaries; a gripping and unconventional secret alongside the strains of The Yiddish Policemen's Union or Motherless Brooklyn.
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Exclaimed the professor, pounding his hand on the desk. Johnny was startled and utterly bewildered. "What... " The professor giggled some more. Then he picked up the figurine and held it so Johnny could see the label. "Here, have a look! This is funny, it really is! See—right there. " Johnny looked. There was printing on the faded brown label, old-fashioned Victorian ornamental printing. It said: SOUVENIR OF CAIRO, ILLINOIS CHAPTER FOUR Johnny felt crushed. He felt cheated and humiliated and angry.
The professor looked startled, and then he waved his hand in an irritated way. "Oh, chains! Yes... hmm, yes, I suppose I should have thought of them! But I have so many things on my mind these days... hmmm... chains... yes. By the way, Henry, don't call me Rod. I hate to be called Rod. " "Sorry," said Grampa, shrugging apologetically. " "Think nothing of it," said the professor brusquely. "Can I come into your house and get something strong to drink? Some booze, I mean. " Johnny gasped. He had always had it drummed into his head when he was little that you never, never invited yourself into other people's houses.
Johnny did not know the professor quite as well. He had seen him a few times on the street, and he was—to tell the truth—a bit scared of him. But when he saw his Grampa smiling in such a friendly way, he figured the professor must be an okay person. " said Grampa, still grinning. "Are you gonna start with the two of us and then work your way down the block? From the way things look," he added, pointing to the shovel, "you've already got started. Who was it? Mrs. Kovacs? " "Oh, shut up," muttered the professor.
City of Brick and Shadow by Tim Wirkus