Review by Grady on Manual for a Murder

Portuguese born Gonçalo J. Nunes Dias graduated in Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources of the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco. He lives today in the Basque Country, Spain and on his social media listing addresses himself and an author, ornithologist and a cork tree expert! THE GOOD DICTATOR was his debut novel, promising to be the first in a series Gonçalo is calling ‘The Birth of an Empire. The translation form the Portuguese is by Ethan Mortimore. Before the second volume of that series is published Gonçalo has written a fine new mystery that expands our appreciation of his talent as a writer of substance. This book has been translated form the Portuguese by Timothy Came.

In a unique bow to his readers Gonçalo opens with the nidus for his book – ‘Story taken from the Lisbon Chronicle newspaper: “Late yesterday afternoon, in Alto do Colaride, a burnt-out car containing a charred body was found. A local resident informed the authorities, who rushed to the scene and doused the small fire inside the vehicle. At the time of writing, neither the identity of the victim nor any potential suspect in the case had been identified.” And that provides the springboard for this intensely involving novel.

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