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Europe, 1941: Lisbon is one of the world's tensest cities, and as the Nazis and Allies jostle for power, Iberia becomes a fulcrum for the menace that is about to engulf Europe. Klaus Felsen, torn from his Berlin factory to become a reluctant member of the SS, finds himself drawn into a savage battle for a vital element in Hitler's Blitzkrieg. There he meets a man who will set in motion a sinister conspiracy that will last to the end of the century.
Lisbon, 1998: Inspector Zé Coelho is struggling against the closed ranks of his colleagues in the investigation of the brutal murder of a young girl. Her disturbing sexual past is the focus for his colleagues' attention, but as Coelho begins to unearth some remarkable secrets behind her death, he encounters a plot that stretches beyond the 1974 Portuguese revolution--back to the atrocities of the fascist regime. Soon he is facing a terrifying opponent in his battle to uncover the horrors of the past.
The protagonist as an outsider in a hostile community may not be a new literary device, but rarely is it so adroitly handled. Coelho is a fully rounded character, vividly realised and handled with an unflinching honesty. The complexity of the narrative stays clear and compelling because of Wilson's ability to sharply rein various plot lines, while slowly allowing them to unfold. Although more ambitious and epic in its scope than his previous books, A Small Death in Lisbon retains all the author's customary and mesmerising imagery:
It was at about that time that a girl started to make her dent in the sand no more than the few hundred metres away from where I was sleeping. Her eyes wide open, she moonbathed to a night full of stars, her blood slack, her skin cold and hard as fresh tuna.-- Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for Robert Wilson:
‘Excellent… gripping and grim. A vivid and steamy stumble on the wild side’
‘A densely plotted thriller, prickling with excitement… fiercely imagined and not a little frightening’
A good detective yarn, Gives a good insight in to the city of Lisbon and also the recent history of Portugal , Especially the Salazar regime. An enjoyable read.Published 5 months ago by Mr D Jeynes
It's ok. I thought It was going to be oin a better state though.
I am going to keep it.
Cover 3.5/5.0 Concentrates on Author's name and shadowy background.
Interesting start ...
Finished 21 2 14. Read more
I had put of reading this because I read an earlier Wilson novel which I found a bit of a drudge. However, this is really really gripping, deserving of the prizes it has one. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Pat McCarran
Anyone wanting a fictional book based on the pre war history of Portugal,stop here.
Very readable and facinating.I enjoyed it very much. Read more
This is an intriguing story that spans 5 decades and is well researched. The ending is a bit contrived bit generally the story have great pace and is a definite page turner. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Marat
This is a good well thought out thriller and delivers a good twist at the ihe conclusion. Red Herrings are well introduced to divert the attention and provide moments to ponder. Read morePublished 18 months ago by N. Sutcliffe