The Mystery of Rio

Original title: O senhor do lado esquerdo (2011)
Author: Alberto Mussa
Translator: Alex Ladd

Rio de Janeiro, 1913. The Secretary of the Presidency of the Republic is murdered at the former home of the Marquesa de Santos, known as the House of Exchanges, a sophisticated brothel where secret meetings take place. Under the guise of a medical clinic, the brothel is run by a scientist obsessed with the study of female sexual fantasies. During the criminal investigation, a forensic expert who frequents the House comes face to face with a rogue from Cais do Porto possibly involved in the murder. The two begin a competition to figure out who is the greatest seducer. (Source: publisher)

The Mystery of Rio_Alberto Mussa

Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Europa Editions (September 3, 2013)
Translator: Alex Ladd
ISBN-10: 1609451368
ISBN-13: 978-1609451363
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Perfect Days

Original title: Dias perfeitos (2014)
Author: Raphael Montes
Translator: Alison Entrekin

A twisted young medical student kidnaps the girl of his dreams and embarks on a dark and delirious road trip across Brazil in the English-language debut of Brazil’s most celebrated young crime writer.

Teo Avelar is a loner. He lives with his paraplegic mother and her dog in Rio de Janeiro, he doesn’t have many friends, and the only time he feels honest human emotion is in the presence of his medical school cadaver—that is, until he meets Clarice. She’s almost his exact opposite: exotic, spontaneous, unafraid to speak her mind. An aspiring screenwriter, she’s working on a screenplay called Perfect Days about three friends who go on a road trip across Brazil in search of romance. Teo is obsessed. He begins to stalk her, first following her to her university, then to her home, and when she ultimately rejects him, he kidnaps her and they embark upon their very own twisted odyssey across Brazil, tracing the same route outlined in her screenplay. Through it all, Teo is certain that time is all he needs to prove to Clarice that they are made for each other, that time is all he needs to make her fall in love with him. But as the journey progresses, he digs himself deeper and deeper into a pit that he can’t get out of, stopping at nothing to ensure that no one gets in the way of their life together. Both tense and lurid, and brimming with suspense from the very first page, Perfect Days is a psychological thriller in the vein of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley—a chilling journey in the passenger seat with a psychopath, and the English language debut of one of Brazil’s most deliciously dark young writers. (Source: publisher)

Perfect Days_Raphael Montes

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Harvill Secker (2016)
Translator: Alison Entrekin
ISBN-10: 1846559529
ISBN-13: 978-1846559525
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Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Penguin Press (16 Feb. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594206406
ISBN-13: 978-1594206405
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