Prize-winning murder mystery novel in which two boy detectives solve a crime in 1960s Brazil – reminiscent of Niccolo Ammaniti’s I’M NOT SCARED, STAND BY ME and TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD
If I close my eyes now, I can still feel her blood on my fingers. If only I had closed my eyes then, or kept my mouth shut, not told anyone about our discovery by the swimming hole, it might not have stopped our childhood, dead.
We could have gone back to dreaming about spaceships.
A horrifying discovery by two young boys while playing in a mango plantation marks the end of their childhood. As they finally open their eyes to the adult world, they see a place where storybook heroes don't exist but villains and lies do ...
“Deceptively simple .. evokes the special nature of childhood friendships”
“Silvestre has fun with the murder mystery, but his real subject is Brazil, "a country capable of advancing 50 years in only five of full democracy", as it lurches out of the developing world”
“A whodunnit and coming-of-age set in small-town Brazil ...a remarkable debut”
“Affirms that crime fiction is to the twenty-first century what the grand social novel was to the nineteenth. Sadistic sexual politics, investigated by an unlikely trio of sleuths (two schoolboys and an elderly man); misogynistic murder, syncretic Christianity; municipal shenanigans, all fester beneath the raging Rio sun”
“‘Edney Silvestre makes innocence and reality collide … in a look at the history of Brazil as the scene of crime and perversion’ Folha de S. Paulo”
Folha de S. Paulo
“Edney Silvestre’s plot is agile and engrossing, replete with references to Brazil and the world’s cultural and political moment.”
Estado de Minas
“A minutely detailed examination of the political, social and psychological connotations of a murder.”
“In his first novel, Silvestre combines lyricism with historical documentation.”