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Robert Wilson
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6 Aug 2009

The gripping new psychological thriller featuring Javier Falcon, the tortured detective from ‘The Silent and the Damned’ and ‘The Blind Man of Seville.’

As Inspector Jefe Javier Falcon investigates a faceless corpse unearthed on a municipal dump, Seville is rocked by a massive explosion. An apartment block is destroyed, and when it's discovered that its basement housed a mosque everybody's terrorist fears are confirmed.

Panic sweeps the city, more bodies are dragged from rubble, the climate of fear infects everyone and terror invades the domestic life of flamboyant judge Calderon and the troubled mind of Consuelo, Falcon's one-time lover.

With the media and political pressure intensifying, Falcon realizes all is not as it appears. But as he comes close to cracking a conspiracy, he discovers an even more terrifying plot – and the race is on to prevent a catastrophe far beyond Spain's borders.


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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007322127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007322121
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Wilson was born in 1957. A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked in shipping and advertising in London and trading in West Africa. He is married and divides his time between England, Spain and Portugal.

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Praise for ‘The Hidden Assassins’:

‘Wilson drives his narrative expertly… a riveting read, filled with incident and unexpected twists.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Wilson, as always, delivers.’ The Times

‘Few writers mix tension and action as effectively as Robert Wilson… his carefully drawn charcters inhabit unusual, intriguing and psychologically intricate plots that never leave the realm of possibility…excellent.’ Guardian

‘If you only read one thriller this year, make it this one… a thrilling and memorable read.’ Literary Review

‘Wilson has combined an utterly gripping and detailed police investigation with a sensitive and compelling examination of the impact of history on modern Spanish life. One of the year’s best thrillers.’ Irish Independent

Praise for ‘The Silent and the Damned’:

‘First rate… Wilson at his best, a taut, gripping narrative and a sensitive study of the tormented detective.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Wilson’s plotting is intricate, his detective endearingly human, Seville a captivating venue. This is crime fiction of high order.’ The Times

About the Author

Robert Wilson was born in 1957. A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked in shipping and advertising in London and trading in West Africa. He is married and divides his time between England, Spain and Portugal.


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty good 31 July 2007
By P. Gill
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This is the 3rd installment of the Javier Falcon novels, the previous 2 being cracking, at times demanding books. In this story Wilson explores a terrorist attack in Spain investigated by Inspector Flacon. As the previous reviewer has pointed out in this book Falcon has appeared to come to terms with his 'demons' and consequently the book is much lighter reading.

As always wilson develops the characters and the plot of the book in an excellent manner. my only criticism of the book was that, at times, theres just a little too much going on (including perhaps a few too many characters. I found myself at times having to think back to discover who this person was). I found this distracting and it ultimately spoilt what could have been a very good book (hence 3 instead of 4 *).

This is a good book but not as good as the previous 2 Falcon books, in my opinion. However, the ending of the book leaves you wanting to know more and I believe that Wilson plans a 4th and final Falcon novel. Wilson remains a great thriller writer
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4.0 out of 5 stars a great read 22 Aug 2008
By myrydyn
Format:Paperback
this is the second of robert wilsons books that I have read. I did feel afterwards that I should have re-read "the blind man" before attempting this just to get some better perspective on Javier Falcon. The story is strong and stands alone however there are parts where there is some waffle that could have been eliminated. definitely a keeper............
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent (but part of a series) 26 Oct 2013
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As a stand alone tale not so good but forms an important and intriguing part of the series. Much more enjoyable when you can recognise the histories of the key characters from The Blind man of Seville and The Silent and the Damned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flavour of Seville 7 Oct 2013
By GHOB
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I have enjoyed all Robert Wilson's four books about the Seville Police, the leading character and its crime solving prowess all served up with a nice 'flavour and taste of Seville'. Although each one stands alone because some of it's characters appear in more than one it's worth starting at number one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Class 23 Mar 2013
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If you enjoyed the other books in this series you`ll love this.
It has great pace and tense ending. Read it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read 14 Feb 2013
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As always an excellent and fascinating story from Robert Wilson. I am very familiar with the city of Seville so this interests me even more.
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The third in Wilson's Javier Falcón quartet is as pacy and involving as its predecessors - and sets up some intriguing story lines to be developed further in the finale, while picking up threads from the preceding novels.

The whole series is highly recommended. Wilson captures perfectly the beguiling essence of Seville, while Falcón is an engagingly human character. There are always a few good gastronomic references in these books too.

Excellent stuff.
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By nbw
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Good, but not as good as first two book in series... Really enjoyed the first two books in the Falcon series and was looking forward to reading the next in the series. The book was good, but lacked the pace of the first two books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous fiction set in Seville
Please note - it really is best to read this series of 4 books in sequence so as too best understand the ongoing threads, although each has a main plot - the protagonist Inspector... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Robert J. D. Innis
4.0 out of 5 stars Robert Wilson is the master of intelligent detective novels
Once again Robert Wilson shows his skills as a writer of intelligent detective drama. His total knowledge of the Spanish legal and police system and his understanding and sympathy... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Very good read, some good twists and turns, and plenty of Spanish colour, all the elements you expect from Wilson.
Published on 14 May 2012 by Elite shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars 666 The Beast in Seville
New York had 9/11; London 7/7 and here after the Madrid train bombs, Seville has its 6/6/6 - coincidence maybe but the 'mark of the beast' goes unremarked upon by any of the... Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by Noel
4.0 out of 5 stars Too much of a good thing
I really like Javier Falcon, a man with so many problems heaped on to his shoulders that often I wonder how he solves anything at all. Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2010 by Michael Watson
3.0 out of 5 stars A fair-ish book that should have been a terrific book...
My paperback edition of "The Hidden Assassins" is 642 pages in length. At 350 pages, it might have been a fine thriller. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2010 by L. E. Cantrell
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant......and imperfect
Wilson continues to impress me. This is once again a great novel - exceptionally well-written and with a sound plot involving terrorism. Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2010 by johnverp
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