A Small Death in Lisbon

by Robert Wilson | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0425184234 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Metropolitan of São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil on 3/23/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by Metropolitan from São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil on Thursday, March 23, 2006

From Publishers Weekly
The real star of this gripping and beautifully written mystery which won the British Crime Writers' Golden Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel last year is Portugal, whose history and people come to life on every page. Wilson tells two stories: the investigation into the brutal sex murder of a 15-year-girl in 1998, and the tangled, bloody saga of a financial enterprise that begins with the Nazis in 1941. Although the two stories seem unrelated, both are so strong and full of fascinating characters that readers' attention and their faith that they will eventually be connected should never waver. The author creates three compelling protagonists: middle-aged detective Jose Coelho, better known as Ze; Ze's late British wife, whom he met while exiled in London with his military officer father during the anti-Salazar political uprisings of the 1970s; and Ze's wise, talented and sexually active 16-year-old daughter. The first part of the WWII story focuses on an ambitious, rough-edged but likeable Swabian businessman, Klaus Felsen, convinced by the Gestapo to go to Portugal and seize the lion's share of that country's supply of tungsten, vital to the Nazi war effort. Later, we meet Manuel Abrantes, a much darker and more dangerous character, who turns out to be the main link between the past and the present. As Ze sifts through the sordid circumstances surrounding the murder of the promiscuous daughter of a powerful, vindictive lawyer, Wilson shines a harsh light on contemporary Portuguese society. Then, in alternating chapters, he shows how and why that society developed. All this and a suspenseful mystery who could ask for more? (Amazon)

Journal Entry 2 by Metropolitan from São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil on Friday, March 31, 2006
What a stunning book!Award-winning author Robert Wilson alternates between a story of Nazi brutality and greed during WWII and a current-day murder investigation of a promiscuous young girl, in Lisbon. The book doesn't end when you expect it to, there are still some surprises to come.

Journal Entry 3 by Metropolitan from São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil on Thursday, November 16, 2006
This book is traveling to Portugal, as a rabck to Terpsicore. Hope you like the book, Virginia!

Journal Entry 4 by terpsicore from Algés, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Just got in the mail.
thank you so much metropolitan!!!

Journal Entry 5 by terpsicore from Algés, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Monday, January 08, 2007
Quite interesting thriller, though I did not like the end too much. But I really liked the part about Portugal during the war.
Plus, being from Lisbon, it's funny to see what foreigners think is exotic.
Thanks for sharing, Metropolitan!

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