Spiritual Seekers’ Guide

spiritual seekersAn artistically-blocked opera diva with a two-million dollar necklace. A US Senator for whom politics is just a way to support his painting habit. A vagabond philosopher who preaches the virtues of enlightened sloth. An insufferably meticulous CIA agent on a mission to save the world from Communism — one perfectly-designed spreadsheet at a time. His boss the intelligence bureaucrat who wants to help his subordinates broaden their minds — with a little surreptitiously-planted LSD. A hit man with a score to settle (as soon as he convinces the vagabond to steal the necklace from the opera diva). His sidekick, a half-deaf brute who pecks what he thinks is the Great American Novel on his cell phone during dull moments on the job. A surly teenage boy with an unfortunate overlap between pencil drawing and hormones.

What do these characters have in common? Why, of course, Ricardo das Neves’ Spiritual Seekers’ Guide (To Art, Theft and Intrigue), where plot twists and conflicting agendas reign supreme.