Please welcome author Gonçalo J.N. Dias! He’s here to tell us about his thriller, Manual for Murder. But first here’s the synopsis!
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.
“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.”
Would you kill for love? What about for hate? Do you think you could fool the police?
Manual for a Murder is here to help you. Is there someone who is always annoying you, who makes your life a nightmare, who pushes you around?
Now is your chance! This book will give you some tips on how to commit a crime and not be punished. The story here is fictional history, but despite that, it’s already illegal in some countries (some shitty countries that I refuse to name).
Important Note: We do not guarantee that you will get away with any crime you commit. Also, we do not support violence, unless it’s against people who use mobile phones in the cinema or have really bad taste in music.