Recently published: Manual for a Murder by Goncalo J. Nunes Dias

Cover: Manual for a Murder
by Goncalo J. Nunes Dias


Synopsis (by Amazon)

Marina, a 38-year-old accountant in a crumbling relationship, falls in love with a charming colleague who is married with a son. The two begin a torrid relationship. One commits a murder.

Oscar, a homicide detective, is assigned to the case. He is a man dedicated to his work and to his family, and he likes to joke about and mock the typical American police series.


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Genre(s): Suspense
Series: n.a.
Length: 122 pages
Release date: 2018-06-24


“You know, Marina, I have worked in this profession for a long time, and I know that sometimes we think that the only solution is for someone to disappear, a mere accident, a murder, and, even though we know this idea is stupid and crazy, we are unable to see anything beyond that. It’s just like insects with light. On a summer’s night, we can watch these insects drawn to the light again and again. The insects know it will lead them nowhere – in fact, they can even get burnt and die – but it’s their nature. I think it’s called phototaxis, the internal substance that makes them attracted to the light. But I’m not sure; I’m no expert on animal fauna. But the point is that we humans also become obsessed when we cannot find a solution. We find ourselves in the deepest darkness, and when we see a light, even though we know that this light is a mirage, an illusion that will only harm us, we cannot stop thinking about it, and no matter how hard we try to forget about it, we cannot put it out of our minds; it keeps on coming back until we let it become the focus of actions. It was the light that blinded you, Ms Fonseca. And however much you thought you had committed the perfect crime, you did not. That is why you are here today.”


About the author

Gonçalo JN Dias was born in Lisbon in 1977, and graduated in Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources of the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco. He lives today in the Basque Country, Spain.

The Good Dictator I, was his first novel. It became the most downloaded book in Portuguese last April, on Amazon, and it has now a good English translation.

Before writing the second part of the Good Dictator, he’s now writing a crime fiction

Besides writing he is a fan of birdwatching, cork trees, movies and running.

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Additional information

Translator:  Timothy Came

Original title:  Manual de um Homicídio

Synopsis in Portuguese:

Marina, uma mulher de 38 anos com um relacionamento desgastado, apaixona-se por um colega de trabalho, casado e com um filho. Os dois têm uma relação tórrida. Um deles comete um assassinato.

Oscar, um polícia de homicídios, é encarregue do caso. É um homem dedicado ao seu trabalho e à sua família, que goza e brinca com as típicas series policiais norte-americanas.

Dear friends and readers,
As I did not read this book (yet), please consider this an introduction.
Peace, coffee, and a cheesecake. 🍀


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