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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.
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        November 23, 2015
        Brazilian author Montes (Suicides) makes his English-language debut with a nifty, albeit nasty little thriller. Teo Avelar, the wonderfully immoral hero at its pitch-black center, is studying to be a pathologist in Rio de Janeiro. His best friend is a corpse. Then he meets Clarice Lispector, a would-be screenwriter, and falls in love. Teo soon starts stalking Clarice, and in a bid to win her over and make her fall in love with him, he drugs and kidnaps her. Expected developments include Clarice’s efforts to escape and the murder of someone who threatens Teo’s plan to keep her captive. More unusual
        are a tense encounter Teo has with the police and his bouts of paranoia. When the tables finally turn, Montes pulls out the stops with a series of twists—one of which is not for the squeamish. Teo’s criminal mischief may put off some readers, but others will enjoy the wild ride. Agent: Luciana Villas-Boas, Villas-Boas & Moss Literary Agency & Consultancy (Brazil).

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        December 1, 2015
        Psychopathology, Carioca style: well-paced but troubling thriller by Brazilian novelist/lawyer Montes. "He didn't want to come across as sick or a psycho": Hannibal Lecter he's not, not yet, but when we learn that the only person medical student Teo Avelar likes is his dissecting corpse, Gertrude, who, "in the pale light...took on a very peculiar brownish hue, like leather," well, we're sure that bad things are about to ensue. Teo lives with his crippled mother and her dog in a Rio walkup, scarred by unhappy memories. A vegetarian, nondrinker, and otherwise abstemious chap, Teo nonetheless finds himself at a party, where he is smitten by the tiny but overflowingly confident Clarice--her name not just that of a Brazilian novelist ("For God's sake," our Clarice yells, "don't talk to me about Clarice Lispector, because I've never read anything by her!"), but also that of Hannibal Lecter's bete noire, Clarice Starling. Accident? It wouldn't seem so, any more than the poor dog's passing is, and certainly not when Teo kidnaps Clarice, trusting that one day she'll love him as much as he loves her. Their interaction is ugly and violent, and it's not entirely believable that Clarice is able to turn the tables--and then Teo, and then Clarice, until the game of cat and mouse seems more like cat and cat. The suggestion that Clarice is complicit in her own captivity is both daring and controversial; John Fowles did it neatly in The Collector, but half a century on, Montes handles the question somewhat less deftly, and in any event, the characters seem incomplete, their motivations not quite clear save that Teo has a Norman Bates-ian sensitivity to matters maternal. The ending in particular lies on the very border of good and bad taste, but Montes gets points for neatly--and appallingly--connecting it to the opening of his narrative, ironic title and all, in a most unpleasant full circle. Readers of Thomas Harris and Henning Mankell may feel that they've been here before, but a fast and fluent read all the same.

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        January 1, 2016
        Teo, a medical student in Rio de Janeiro, lacks affect. His best friend is Gertrude, the cadaver he is dissecting. He dismisses everyone he comes into contact with: fellow students, even his mother, who is a paraplegic. Then, at a party, he talks briefly to Clarice and immediately becomes completely obsessed. He stalks her. He knows that she is writing a screenplay and that she is planning to go to a resort in Teresopolis to continue her writing. Clarice is a free spirit, very bright and far more worldly than Teo. She rebuffs his attempt to go with her to the resort, so he knocks her out with the book he has brought as a gift. Then he sedates her and visits a porn shop to buy restraints and gags. Teo just knows that she will see the light and fall in love with him, but the path is far darker and crazier than heor the readerexpects. Montes is one of Brazil's rising crime novelists, and he has filled Perfect Days with suspense and jolting plot twists.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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        September 1, 2015

        An affectless young loner, medical student Teo Avelar wakes up when he meets free-spirited Clarice, then kidnaps her when he gets rejected. The English-language debut of a young author who's already hit it big in Brazil; Scott Turow says we should be watching.

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        November 15, 2015

        No one understands Teo Avelar. He is a medical student in Brazil with few friends. Well, he has one close friend named Gertrude, but she doesn't talk much, as readers will quickly find out. Teo takes care of his crippled mother and leads a lonely life until he meets the lovely Clarice. After a simple kiss on the cheek at a party, Teo falls in love. He begins by stalking and eventually kidnapping Clarice. He just can't understand why she will not give him a chance to prove his love, so he takes her on an adventure similar to the screenplay she is writing. Moving from location to location, packing Clarice away in a suitcase and calling her mother to let her know they are safe and having fun, Teo becomes crueler to Clarice. Montes's (Suicides) first novel to be translated into English will make readers grip the pages and hang on for a very disturbing ride. VERDICT Recommended for fans of serial killer and stalker stories, Thomas Harris characters, and those who seeking a look inside the mind of a psychopath.--Jason L. Steagall, Gateway Technical Coll. Lib., Elkhorn, WI

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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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 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...
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