A Small Death in Lisbon – Robert Wilson

A Small Death in Lisbon by Robert Wilson  is one the finest thriller/mystery/historical fictions I’ve read in quite some time. We’ve got sex, drugs, rock’n’roll, Portugal past and present, Fascists, crusading journalists and all in one well written book. The characters are well described and their motivations if not always clear initially, are believable. I really enjoy Inspector José “Zé” Coelho, his daughter, and his partner. They all go through mill in this one and what a strange, terrifying mill it is. Nazis and their post WWII descendants, international smuggling and present day debasement, oh did I mention the two stories twined double helix style into one horrifying climax. I didn’t did I and you’ll get no more hints from me. Enjoy.

Anyone read his other books? He has a series in Africa and one in Spain. I was going to go with the one in Spain next as it was described as somewhat similar to “Lisbon”. Any opinions?

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