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Montes, Raphael

Raphael Montes, born in 1990 in Rio de Janeiro, is a writer as well as a lawyer, and has published stories in various mystery anthologies. "Suicides" is his first novel, the result of his plan to dress classic crime fiction in modern trappings. He owns a library of over 5,000 books of detective and crime literature and has written studies on the genre. His youth, coupled with his intense, provocative prose style, caught the attention of the Brazilian literary market. "Suicides" was a finalist for the 2010 Benvirá Literature Prize and the prestigious Machado de Assis Prize awarded by the National Library. Both a critical and popular success, the author was recently invited to contribute to an anthology of Brazilian crime fiction in English translation, edited by Clifford Landers, and featuring such renowned writers as Rubem Fonseca, Moacyr Scliar, and Patrícia Melo. Raphael also acts as copy editor for literary texts and speaks about the creative process in workshops and colleges.

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