A Gathering of Vultures

MURDER, MUTILATION, AND CARRION…IN PARADISE?  “There shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate.” —ISAIAH 34:15  Professional ballroom dancers, Terri and Rick Hamilton, aspire to be world champions. Unfortunately, Terri’s recurring back and health problems place that goal well out of reach.  They travel to Terri’s birthplace, Florianópolis, on the scenic island of Santa Catarina off the coast of Brazil to vacation and visit their best friends and mentors. Along the picturesque beaches, dead penguins and eviscerated bodies wash up on the shores of paradise, and Antarctic blasts play counterpoint to the tropical storms that rock the island. The scenic wonder is home not only to urubús, a unique sub-species of the black...