A Small Death in Lisbon
In A Small Death in Lisbon, the narr...more
The story then backtracks to 1941 when Klaus Felsen is forced out of his Berlin factory and into the ranks of the SS. He is sent to Lisbon where his mandate is to procu...more
I found the history of Portugal in World War II to be very interesting. Beyond that, I didn't love this book. The police detective, Coehlo, is a likable protagonist, but the mu...more
The story wasn't bad. I didn't like any of the characters. I found them all crass and frankly I got tired of the sex. Tedious or disturbing is how it came off. I was uncomfortable with the amount of rape and treating women as objects in this book, not people. Come to think of it the men...more
I wish there had been more Portugal in this book. The author clearly meant for the country to be another character in it, but he didn't describe it well enough for those of us who haven't been there. That might be an asset if you're from there, but I felt like I'd...more
Great book. Ambitious in scope, this novel set in Portugal has two narratives, one set in the 1940s when the Nazis exported Wolfram for the war effort. We follow Klaus Felsen, a German industrialist through the war years. Felsen is a fascinating...more
“At dawn the heavy black curtains were crushing the iron-grey light back outside. The white linen bedclothes were stiff with cold. Felsen's head came off the pillow at the second crash, whic...more
As a result of reading...more
Sigh. I don't mean to sound harsh because I actually ended up mostly enjoying the story.
Perhaps the syntax was chosen deliberately by the author beca...more
Loved the way the characters were intertwined, they were engrossing and true to life ... and the main detective was a curious character but likable.
Easy pace but compelling nevertheless with interesting historical undertones.
I'm not going to manage to finish the book before going off on my holidays on Friday so I'm going to wade in with what I think so far and catch up when I get back. (By which time I'll have to catch up on the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency discussion too)
I started reading this book and after a couple of chapters had to check the cover to check that the title was indeed "Small Death in _Lisbon_" as I was in 1941 Berlin a...more
Nice amount of details in the descriptions in the story, and it keeps you wondering what happened. The history parts of the story, from 1940s to 1990s, only bind to the story in the end, when it seems to be resolved. Enough action and enough interesting characters too. I'd say 8 to 8 1/2 stars out of 10, but the location being in Portug...more
The book starts with two very distinct story lines -- one that takes place in Lisbon in the late 1990s, and another that begins in Germany in the 1940s. The second of these two story line...more
When it came in the mail, I have to say, my first thought was, "why does it have to have swastikas all over it?" OK, fine, Nazis, villains, but you still don't always want to be carrying swastikas around with you on the subway... It put me off from reading it for a while.
But - I got around to it.
It's a very well-written book. I haven't visited Portugal, but I was convinced that the auth...more
Troppi finali l’autore ha voluto affastellare al termine di una vicenda già di per sé sufficientemente complessa e ramificata; se la parte che si svolge ai nostri giorni è abbastanza scontata e si svolge con il rituale tipico delle inchieste (investigatore scorbutico ma astuto ed onesto con vita privata complicata, collega giovane pivello, testimoni simpatici ed antipatici, bar fumosi, quadri d’ambiente con varie corruzioni sullo sfondo, sesso e droga), molto più interessante è la vicenda ambien...more
As mentioned in the blurb there are two story lines, one set during WWII and dealing with Portugal'...more
This winner of Britain's Golden Dagger for best crime novel juggles two stories, both set in Lisbon. Klaus Felsen is a German businessman forced into the SS in 1941 and assigned the task of smuggling a crucial tungsten alloy from Portugal to Germany. In the late 1990s, a melancholy Lisbon cop, Inspector Ze Coelho, must investigate the shocking murder of a promiscuous teenager. Wilson moves effortlessly between the two seemingly unrelated plots, drawing them togeth...more
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