There’s more to the Madeleine McCann literary corner than Gonçalo Amaral’s book. In Portugal alone, at least five books, apart from the now famous “Maddie, the Truth of the Lie”, have been published over the last two years, with different views about the case – but none has caused anyone any distress, apparently.
The first book on the market - worldwide - was Hernâni Carvalho’s “Maddie 129”, published in November of 2007. The author, a very popular journalist and a frequent television commentator of crime cases, describes the 129 days that the McCann couple spent in Portugal, through an exhaustive chronology of the case. The book analyses compromising contradictions and raises pertinent doubts. At the time of its publication, it also revealed then unknown facts about the case.
Shortly after, "Por Que Adoptámos Maddie", by journalist Luís Castro, would offer us a unique analysis of what had already become the most prominent news story of the decade. The author reports the facts between the 3rd of May and the 3rd of November of 2007, complete with contributions from 24 experts: criminal investigators, sociologists, judges and journalists.
In December 2007, “A Culpa dos McCann”, by Correio da Manhã editor Manuel Catarino, analyses the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. A factual book, with real life characters, a precise narrative and rigorous descriptions of the PJ’s investigation, including an exclusive interview with criminologist José Manuel Anes.
“O Enigma da Praia da Luz”, by journalist and author Frederico Duarte Carvalho, is a book of fiction, based on true facts. The protagonist of the narrative is a young journalist, Miguel de Andrade, who is sent to cover the disappearance of a little English girl, in the Algarve. The adventures of Miguel and his girlfriend, Erica, show us this case from the unique perspective of the journalist, and details of his everyday work and personal life. And at the end of the book, a child appears…
In “A Estrela de Madeleine”, published in March of 2008, Paulo Pereira Cristóvão intertwines fact with fiction, by basing the fictitious narrative on factual information about the Maddie case. His protagonist, inspector Francisco Meireles, is a fictional PJ inspector, who is part of the investigation into the disappearance of a little English girl, in Praia da Luz. The author is a former PJ inspector, who participated in the investigation into the Joana Cipriano case.
None of these books has been translated into English and edited in the UK.*
None of these books makes any allegations about the possibility of Madeleine being deceased, or of her parents being involved in her disappearance.
Therefore, it is legitimate to ask: Is there no interest to publish any books by Portuguese authors, about the Madeleine case, in the United Kingdom?
* Correction: 'Maddie 129' has been translated and can be bought as a .pdf file for download from the Portuguese editor's webpage.