Balada da Praia dos Cães

Ballad of Dog's Beach (in original Portuguese Balada da Praia dos Cães) is a fiction novel by the Portuguese author José Cardoso Pires, relating the investigation into the murder of a political dissident, taking place around one month later by 1961. The novel is largely based on contemporary reports of a real murder that took place. The real story is the assassination in early 1961 of Army captain Almeida Santos by Jean Jacques, an Army m. d. They were both dissidents of the political regime who escaped from prison with the help of a prison guard. The three men took refuge in a house in Guincho Beach, twenty km outside Lisbon. They were joined by Maria José Maldonado Sequeira, a beautiful young woman who had an affair with A. Santos. While waiting for opportunity to leave the country, Maria José started a love affair with the two men, Santos e Jacques, which caused a fight between them and the death of Santos. Jacques buried him in the beach with the help of the guard. The body was discovered one month later by a dog whose owner was taking a walk.[1][2][3]

Ballad of Dog's Beach
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AuthorJosé Cardoso Pires
Original titleBalada da Praia dos Cães
TranslatorMary Fitton
GenrePolitical novel
PublisherEdicoes O Jornal
Publication date
Published in English
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Followed byAlexandra Alpha 


  1. ^ Kerr, Michael (2016-02-04). "The 12 best books about Portugal". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  2. ^ Pires, José Cardoso (1986). Ballad of dogs' beach: dossier of a crime /. London: Dent. ISBN 978-0-460-02453-2.
  3. ^ "Book Reviews, Sites, Romance, Fantasy, Fiction". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2021-02-01.