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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409139026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409139027
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like most of Wilson's novels, this one occupies the shadow territory between the crime novel and the intelligent thriller... it's dark and powerful stuff. And the ending has a kick like a horse. (SPECTATOR)

Fast-moving and breathlessly exciting, this is the first of a series to feature Charles Boxer from award-winning author Robert Wilson. (IRISH INDEPENDENT)

Gripping from start to finish, this intricately plotted page-turner will keep you transfixed. (CHOICE)

Absolutely brilliant. (PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH)

Full of action and tension, a guaranteed great read from this CWA Gold Dagger winning author. (LOVEREADING.COM)

Wilson blends psychological intensity, constant action with a brilliantly intricate plot that will leave you gasping after the final page. (BITE THE BOOK)

[Robert Wilson's] hotter than ever... One killer of a crime caper. (NORTHERN ECHO)

If you like dense, complex and internationally widespread thrillers, then Capital

Punishment is for you... Unputdownable.

(MYSTERY WOMEN)

Featuring a large cast of well-sketched players and a plethora of plot twists, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT shifts scenes briskly from London to Lisbon, Mumbai to Lahore. Mr. Wilson writes with elegant vigor as he describes the shoot-outs and emotional crescendos that result from the political and criminal intrigue at the heart of the book. (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

A genuine thriller and the first in a new series, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT is one of the best books in the genre to come along at the start of a new year... A brilliant beginning for what is sure to be a very exciting and worthwhile series indeed. (REVIEWINGTHEEVIDENCE.COM)

Featuring a large cast of well-sketched players and a plethora of plot twists, Capital Punishment shifts scenes briskly from London to Lisbon, Mumbai to Lahore. Wilson writes with elegant vigour as he describes the shoot-outs and emotional crescendos that result from the political and criminal intrigue at the heart of the book (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

It is a riveting read... Wilson writes with verve and panache (CATHOLIC HERALD)

A gripping and unsettling read (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

Lots of political intrigue and double-dealing make this a complex and tense thriller (TELEGRAPH & ARGUS)

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A crime thriller to take you on a terrifying journey into London's dark side.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kate Vane on 15 April 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Many of us read crime fiction to escape the humdrum of our working lives. We want high stakes, conflicted characters, atmospheric locations. Wilson normally delivers these, but reading this book is a bit like the day job.

Capital Punishment begins in London with the kidnap of Alyshia, a beautiful but troubled young woman. Her father is a wealthy Indian businessman but it soon becomes clear that the kidnapper is after something other than money. Charles Boxer, freelance kidnap consultant, is brought in to negotiate.

The book seems at first to be a psychological thriller, pitting the kidnapper against Alyshia, as he breaks down her defences, then against the family and Boxer. But then it spirals off into a complex account of various businesses, criminal gangs and government agencies across London and South Asia having a lot of meetings, as if to reassure us that being in international espionage or terrorism is no more exciting than any other form of corporate management.

Boxer is a strangely lifeless character. This is partly to do with the plot. For the first half of the novel, he doesn't have much to do apart from form a relationship with the kidnapped woman's mother. He gives her lengthy expositions of the kidnap negotiation procedure manual. He swims in the in-house pool. They share lengthy psychoanalytic perspectives on their respective backstories. There are none of the tense, visceral exchanges you would expect from two people thrown into sudden close contact, one facing the possible death or torture of her daughter, the other with the responsibility for saving her life.

The most interesting characters are London's minor criminals.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Neville Reilly on 16 Sept. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have been waiting for Robert Wilson to produce a new novel since the Falcon series ended and I was delighted to see this book on the shelves. The sleeve description promised much but, in the end, it failed to deliver. After a sharp opening the novel lost its way and it became something of a dirge thereafter. The main character, Charlie Boxer, was not one that captured the imagination in the manner of Falcon, it may be the character will develop in later books. His romance with the mother of the abducted girl was somewhat unbelievable and appeared to have been added for the sake of it. In the end, I lost interest in the book and finished it slowly with a sense of duty!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirkmans on 21 Mar. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have not yet read the West Africa books but enjoyed the Portugal and Seville books very much - especially A Small Death in Lisbon.Therefore, I ordered the new book without bothering to read what it was about. I quite enjoyed the (underdeveloped) themes on modern Indian business and corruption and could just about comprehend the relationship with Pakistan and the recent conflicts. But I found the London crime scenes weak and a poor imitation of Simon Kernick's bloodthirstiness. The central character of Charles Boxer promised more than it delivered and I think a lot more would have to be added to make him half as interesting as Falcon. I am much more likely to read the West Africa books than purchase another with the same character as this.
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I have read all of Robert Wilson's books. Every time with great satisfaction. This time he took a lot longer to come out with a new book and doing so he started what is probably going to be a new series.

Mr Wilson is an excellent writer. His main strength is to develop characters and scenery that you really can relate to and see before your eyes. In this book he has chosen a new and somewhat different hero than from his previous books. Here we have a hostage negotiator that is also a contract killer. The Combination is not as odd as you would think but it takes a lot of work to make him feel like an interesting person to the reader. I have to agree with some of the other reviewers that Mr Wilson has not reached his full potential in this part of the book but it is still not bad.

The Story is somewhat complicated with a number of different criminals and terrorists fighting each other and a kidnapping in the middle but Mr Wilson makes it all work. We are seeing a crime-terror story that have a real feel and it does not makes you think about some Hollywood movie. It was not difficult to continue reading way past midnight in order not to loose track of events.

This is a good start of a new series. You probably need one or two books more to get in to that familiar feeling that you had in his previous series but I will definitely follow this one as well.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover
A well-paced, serpentine thriller from talented author Robert Wilson. This writer's crime/mystery stories feature multiple international settings and ultra-strong, unflinching and sometimes violent protagonists. In the case of "Capital Punishment", the central figure is Charles Boxer, a kidnap rescue specialist with a special forces background and a willingness to play judge and jury with cornered opponents.

The novel opens in London with the kidnapping of Alysia d'Cruz, the daughter of an Indian billionaire who has accumulated a crowd of enemies over a checquered career; so there is a long line of potential perps who might be behind the snatch. Kidnap specialist Boxer is called in to manage the retrieval of d"Cruz's daughter and the plot quickly broadens as no ransom or other demand is made by the kidnappers. The particular strength of this story are the frequent changeups introduced as different criminals and groups takeover the caper and eliminate (quite violently) their predecessors. This is, in fact, a kind of an in librum jest, as the kidnap victim fares better than her tormentors through most of the book.

This is a very good crime novel, rather dark and violent throughout, but never losing its credibility and certainly not its forward movement. If you have enjoyed author Wilson's Inspector Falcon series (sadly ended, in my opinion), you will find "Capital Punishment" an enjoyable read.
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