Craig S Wilson

Rio Street Kid Stargazer

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Rio International Crime Thriller

A gripping, gritty, action-packed crime thriller ripped from today’s headlines about the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Beyond the beautiful beaches and elegant hotels lurks the squalor and crushing poverty of Rio’s notorious favelas. It is a dangerous, exotic world governed by a different set of laws and shaped by contrasts — beauty, violence, power, poverty, protection, corruption, faith and drugs. Here, in the slums of Rio, thousands of poor people face horrific choices every day. It’s no exception when sixteen-year-old Rio street kid Lucas Rocha meets Daniel Burke, a Brazilian-American businessman visiting from Boston. When Lucas snatches Daniel’s wallet in an act of desperation, it sets in motion a series of catastrophic events, and the lives of these two strangers become permanently … and dangerously … entangled.

Facing down Rio’s powerful drug lords, both Lucas and Daniel are hell-bent to beat the odds and make things right. But what is right in a world filled with wrong? 

“This book has it all!”

“Masterful writing!”

“Lively, fast-paced!”

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…what promises to be some rollicking good reading in the Rio Crime Thriller Series.

Kirkus Reviews

A commendable genre piece with grounded, convincing characters.


A lively, fast-paced story that looks intimately at the lives of the street people in Rio…

Craig S Wilson


Craig S Wilson is a serial creative, who has written 300 songs, three musicals, and three books. He published Dating for Life in 2013, a book describing the four keys to maintaining successful relationships. He is also the author of Gig, a historical fiction that explores the wonderment of teenage romance during the exploding music scene of the 60’s.

He is now launching his first International Crime Thriller about the quest for survival of a street kid named Lucas Rocha in the glorious and gritty Rio de Janeiro. Read more…