Leighton Gage

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Leighton Gage
Born(1942-05-13)May 13, 1942
Rahway, New Jersey
DiedJuly 26, 2013(2013-07-26) (aged 71)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
GenrePolice procedural

Leighton David Gage (May 13, 1942 – July 26, 2013) was an author of crime fiction best known for the Chief Inspector Mario Silva Investigations series of novels set in Brazil.[1] He was inspired to write these novels after spending over 20 years living in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and being immersed in the Brazilian culture. Frequent subjects in his novels were problems that existed at the time in Brazil, problems that were foreign to the American culture.

Prior to his literary career, Gage was an international creative director for a major worldwide advertising agency. He won over 120 awards for advertising excellence and served on the juries of the Lions Festival in Cannes, the Art Director’s Club of New York, the Clio Awards, and the Australian Writers and Art Directors Association.[citation needed] He is also the co-author of O Filme Publicitário, a non-fiction work in Portuguese. It was widely sold in Brazil, Portugal, and the Portuguese-speaking countries of Africa and was adopted as a textbook in many universities in those countries.[citation needed]

Born in the Rahway, New Jersey, in the United States, Gage lived for extended periods in Germany, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Australia, Argentina, and Brazil.[2] He spoke English, Dutch, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese. He visited Spain in the time of Franco, Portugal in the time of Salazar, South Africa in the time of apartheid, Chile in the time of Pinochet, Argentina in the time of the junta, Prague, East Germany and Yugoslavia in the days when the Soviet Union held sway and also lived in Brazil during the time of the military government.[3]

Gage and his Brazilian-born wife spent much of the year in a small town near São Paulo and the remainder of the time visiting children and grandchildren living in three other countries.

His books have been translated into a number of languages. The whole collection is known as "The Chief Inspector Mario Silva Investigations". The books cover a vast array of subjects, including underage prostitution, organ theft, snuff videos, and much more.

Gage's first novel, Blood of the Wicked, was about the assassination of a bishop.[4]

Gage died at his home in Miami, Florida on July 26, 2013 after a three-month battle with pancreatic cancer.[2][5]


  • O Filme Publicitário (ISBN 8522406642)
  • Blood of the Wicked (ISBN 978-1569474709)[4]
  • Buried Strangers (ISBN 978-1569475140)[6]
  • Dying Gasp (ISBN 978-1569478653)[7]
  • Every Bitter Thing (ISBN 978-1569478455)[8]
  • A Vine in the Blood (ISBN 978-1616950040)
  • Perfect Hatred (ISBN 978-1616951764)
  • The Ways of Evil Men (ISBN 978-1616952723)


  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF).
  2. ^ a b Slotnik, Daniel E. "Leighton Gage, Crime Novelist, Dies at 71", The New York Times, August 2, 2013. Accessed August 4, 2013. "Leighton Gage was born on May 13, 1942, in Rahway, N.J."
  3. ^ Kramer, Julie (24 November 2008). "Buried Strangers by Leighton Gage Archives -". The Big Thrill Archives. Archived from the original on 9 May 2011.
  4. ^ a b Stasio, Marilyn (10 February 2008). "CRIME; Who Killed the Courtesan?". The New York Times. p. 34. Archived from the original on 9 May 2011.
  5. ^ The Associated Press (2010-07-28). "Crime novelist Leighton Gage dies from cancer - Wire Entertainment - People - The Sacramento Bee". Sacbee.com. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  6. ^ Kimball, Joe (23 February 2009). "Tuesday: Crime author from Brazil braves winter for rare appearance at Once Upon a Crime". MinnPost. Archived from the original on 9 May 2011.
  7. ^ Cannon, Margaret (11 February 2010). "New in crime fiction". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 9 May 2011.
  8. ^ Shaffer, David (21 February 2011). "A quick look at recent releases". Star-Tribune. Archived from the original on 9 May 2011.

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