A Small Death In Lisbon Book Summary and Study Guide

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This book reads like two books until the end. The first part is about finding a sixteen year old girl's body on a beach in Portugal. This takes place in the late nineties and the POV is first person, the detective who is investigating the crime.
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The other story starts in 1941 in Germany and a business man who is inducted into the SS, and his main duty is to arrange for the purchase of wolfram, we call it tungsten. This story goes on until the time frame of the murder.

In both stories we get plenty of description into the two main characters lives. In the case of the German, the book describes all his vices, depravities, over indulgences and his ploddings along to protect himself.

It's a long read, you find yourself skipping some of the description, when you reach the final chapters you are glad to see these two completely different kinds of stories merge.

The sixty year career of the German business man, his dealings with an illiterate hill country crook and his sons, and the moving of stolen loot to their own coffers as well as South America are described.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   solving long-past murder Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, Foreign Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for $$$/treasure Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   40's-50's


Europe    -   Yes City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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