A Small Death in Lisbon

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A Small Death in Lisbon
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First edition cover
Author Robert Wilson
Country United Kingdom (london)
Language English
Genre crime novel
Publisher HarperCollins
Publication date
19 July 1999 (1st edition)
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 400p.
ISBN 0-00-232668-X
OCLC 59402427

A Small Death in Lisbon is a crime novel by Robert Wilson. The novel, set in Portugal, consists of two narratives: one is the contemporary investigation by Inspector José "Zé" Coelho into the death of a young girl, and the other begins in World War II and examines events during German operations in the country. This eventually joins with the main narrative. The novel won the CWA Gold Dagger Award in 1999, and the German Crime Prize (for an International Novel) in 2003.


  • Zé Coelho shares some characteristics with his Spanish counterpart, Inspector jefe Javier Falcón, such as:
    • Lost his wife; Falcón is divorced - they both long for their wives;
    • Has stress problems, as Falcón;
    • They both discover that past friendships are not as they seem: Coelho with his friend Borrego, and Falcón with his father.

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