From: stephen holden (
Date: 26 Mar 2001

>i just picked up a used copy of this award winner (the golden dagger for
>best crime novel) and, after about 100 pages, i find myself totally
>disinterested. does anyone have opinions on it? should i persevere or
>put it down? i've checked the archives but didn't find any previous
>discussion of it.
> <mailto:>
I found 'A Small Death in Lisbon' a bit laboured at times; but it's worth persevering with.

However, I don't think it's a patch on his four previous novels set in West Africa: 'Instruments of Darkness', 'The Big Killing', 'A Darkening Stain', and 'Blood is Dirt.' Now they are hardboiled.

-Stephen Holden-

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