Perfect Days: A Novel

Paperback | March 28, 2017

byRaphael Montes

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A twisted young medical student kidnaps the girl of his dreams and embarks on a road trip across Brazil in the English-language debut of one of Brazil's most celebrated young crime writers

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. 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 begins to stalk her, first following to her university, then to her home, and when she ultimately rejects him, Teo 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 keeps digging himself deeper, 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 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.


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A twisted young medical student kidnaps the girl of his dreams and embarks on a road trip across Brazil in the English-language debut of one of Brazil's most celebrated young crime writersTeo 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 ho...

RAPHAEL MONTES was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1990, and is a lawyer and a writer. His short stories have appeared in Playboy and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. His debut novel, Suicides, was published to much acclaim in Brazil in 2010 and was a finalist for the Sao Paolo Literature Prize, among many other accolades. Perfect Days is bein...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.1 × 0.7 inPublished:March 28, 2017Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143193627

ISBN - 13:9780143193623

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“Raphael Montes is one of the most brilliant young novelists I've encountered. He is certain to redefine Brazilian crime fiction and to emerge as a figure on the world literary scene.”—Scott Turow“A road novel about kidnapping that has reviewers reaching for their thesauruses to describe how disturbing and gruesome it is — and how pleasurable.”—Toronto Star“In any language, ‘Perfect Days’ may be the most original and viscerally explicit novel you'll read this year . . . This novel — not for readers with delicate dispositions — is cringe-inducing and utterly monstrous. Filled with plot twists, violence and nail-biting scenes, this tale of psychological suspense uses pitch-black humor as its release valve. Montes makes you laugh, even as he makes you feel bad about doing it.”—Chicago Tribune “Raphael is an author who masterfully controls tension during the narrative. In his writing, it is possible to see the influence of suspense masters such as Patricia Highsmith, Agatha Christie and Jim Thompson. Even stronger are the cinematic influences: Raphael Montes is a mixture of Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense with Quentin Tarantino’s black comedy. Not surprisingly, the book has an electrifying pace, full of shocking and macabre twists and turns.”—The GuardianFrom the Hardcover edition.