José Riço Direitinho (born Lisbon, 1965) is a Portuguese writer. He is graduated in Agronomy. He earned a place in Portuguese literature with his nostalgic and visceral style.
He first wrote for the literary supplement of the Diário de Notícias, of Lisbon, from 1985 to 1991. His literary debut came with the short stories book A Casa do Fim (The House of the End) in 1992, which was critically acclaimed. He then published two novels, Breviário das Más Inclinações (1994), who won the Ramón Goméz de la Serna Prize, and Relógio do Cárcere (1997), who won the Villa de Madrid Prize. He lived in Berlin, Germany, from 1999 to 2000, and his travels inspired him to write Histórias com Cidades (2001). He lived in the Ledig House, in New York, in 2004, where he started his short stories book Um Sorriso Inesperado, published in 2005.