A Small Death in Lisbon

A Small Death in Lisbon

By Robert Wilson

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151006090, 448pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2000


1941. Klaus Felsen, forced out of his Berlin factory into the SS, arrives in a luminous Lisbon, where Nazis and Allies, refugees and entrepreneurs, dance to the strains of opportunism and despair. Felsen's assignment takes him to the bleak mountains of the north where a devious and brutal battle is being fought for an element vital to Hitler's bliztkrieg. There he meets the man who plants the first seed of greed and revenge that will grow into a thick vine in the landscape of post-war Portugal. Late 1990s. Investigating the murder of a young girl with a disturbing sexual past, Inspector Ze Coelho overturns the dark soil of history and unearths old bones from Portugal's fascist past. This small death in Lisbon is horrific compensation for an even older crime, and Coelho's stubborn pursuit of its truth reveals a tragedy that unites past and present. Robert Wilson's combination of intelligence, suspense, vivid characters, and mesmerizing storytelling richly deserves the international acclaim his novel has received.

About the Author

ROBERT WILSON is the author of numerous novels, including The Company of Strangers and A Small Death in Lisbon, which won the Gold Dagger Award as Best Crime Novel of the Year from Britain’s Crime Writers’ Association. A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked in shipping, advertising, and trading in Africa, and has lived in Greece, Portugal, and West Africa.

Praise For A Small Death in Lisbon

"A deft handling of converging timescales and an exploration of fundamental human relationships.-Golden Dagger citation from England's Crime Writers Association
"Robert Wilson is a masterful craftsman, and with this atmospheric page-turner, he should find the wide readership he amply deserves."-Manchester Evening News
"Highly satisfying, part thriller, part psychological mystery and part novel of ideas. And superbly well written."-The Irish Times