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The Silent and the Damned [Hardcover]

Robert Wilson
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6 Sep 2004

The new psychological thriller featuring Javier Falcon, the tortured detective from The Blind Man of Seville

Mario Vega is seven years old and his life is about to change forever. Across the street in an exclusive suburb of Seville his father lies dead on the kitchen floor and his mother has been suffocated under her own pillow. It appears to be a suicide pact, but Inspector Jefe Javier Falcón has his doubts when he finds an enigmatic note crushed in the dead man's hand.

In the brutal summer heat Falcón starts to dismantle the obscure life of Rafael Vega only to receive threats from the Russian mafia who have begun operating in the city. His investigation into Vega's neighbours uncovers a creative American couple with a destructive past and the misery of a famous actor whose only son is in prison for an appalling crime.

Within days two further suicides follow – one of them a senior policeman – and a forest fire rages through the hills above Seville obliterating all in its path. Falcón must now sweat out the truth, which will reveal that everything is connected and there is one more secret in the black heart of Vega's life.


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Edition edition (6 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007117833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007117833
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 890,764 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 Blind Man of Seville:

‘Gripping and exhilarating… A potent blend of beauty and terror’ Harlan Coben

'Robert Wilson's fiction grows darker, deeper, more adamantly original. It is crime writing at its very best, but it is also something more. It observes no limits, it begs no pardon. It excites, it surprises and it satisfies. High praise but Wilson really is this good.' Philip Oakes, Literary Review

'The Blind Man of Seville is an ingenious and compelling thriller. Falcón Sr's diaries are full of drama and confession – like Alan Clark's, but with paintbrushes, firearms and catamites' Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph

'As an evocation of the emotional labyrinth of postwar Tangiers and as a tale of artistic drift, it's rather brilliant – a detective story Paul Bowles never wrote' Chris Petit, Guardian

'It is a book that exists on multiple levels, kicking off as an off-key detective story and ending up as (among other things) a tense psychological thriller and a literary investigation into perception and family loyalties. A wonderful, if dark and disturbing, literary detective novel.' Martin Radcliffe, Time Out

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‘Its plotting is persuasive, its characterisation shrewd.’ --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another sizzler in Seville 23 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I read the Blind Man of Seville recently and was astonished by Robert Wilsons writing prowess. So when I saw the Silent and the Damned had been released I didn't think twice about buying it.
The Silent and the Damned is the second novel about Inspector Javier Falcon and his team, and although it can be read as a stand alone novel, I must point out that it follows on very closely from the first novel 'the Blind Man of Seville' - so if you haven't read Blind Man I would recommend you do so before starting the Silent and the Damned. It will just make the Silent and the Damned all the more satisfying.
Beautifully written (albeit dark in places) the story keeps you guessing right the way through. The characters are wonderful, especially the returning characters which have now been fleshed out even further. I would hate to give plot points away, but the story twists and turns taking you in numerous directions. Robert Wilson is simply the best crime/thriller writer around at the moment.
This is certainly the most exciting thriller series that has been devised in years, and apparently there will be prequels too! Do yourself a favour and buy it now.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Silent and the Damned, Robert Wilson 24 Sep 2004
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Mario Vega is now an orphan. While he stays overnight with a friend, his parents lie dead in their large Seville house. Rafael Vega is on the kitchen floor, a bottle of drain-cleaner by his out-flung hand; Lucia is upstairs in bed, a pillow smothering her face. Every indication points to a suicide pact, but for an enigmatic note grasped in Rafael's hand.
Inspector Javier Falcon has recently returned to work. After the horrific revelations concerning his artist-father Francisco Falcon [see The Blind Man of Seville], he was left almost destroyed. Depressed, tormented, confused and mentally broken, dispassionate Javier was a wreck. Now, he is settling into life again, learning to appreciate it, and is a changed man. He's more relaxed now, less intense. And he is puzzled by the Vega suicide. Inconsistencies seem to hint at murder, but, overall, he admits suicide is most likely. As Falcon delves into Vega's murky history, the investigation careens all over the place. There are vague connections to a paedophile ring; the Russian mafia are somehow involved, and Vega's neighbours throw up more questions than answers: There's a mysterious American couple, a widow from Falcon's past, and the misery of a famous actor whose son is in prison for a terrible crime. Within days, two more suicides follow, and as a forest fire ravages the hills above the city, Falcon finds himself plunged into the dark hearts of men submerged in torment.
If The Blind Man of Seville hadn't been short-listed last year, this would win the Gold Dagger. Believe me. I was initially a little worried that without Francisco Falcon, the monster at the heart of the maze, this novel would not be as sucessful as its predecessor. I needn't have worried. The Silent and the Damned is every bit as powerful, though in different ways.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THe Silent and the Damned, Robert Wilson 23 Sep 2004
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The Silent and the Damned is a powerful, affecting crime novel that doesn't disappoint because it just doesn't know how to. It's noir in the most human sense. Down to the final pages, it is superb, and I've not even begun to mention how sucessful it is as a crime novel, a novel of detection and intrigue, or what an atmospheric picture of Seville it provides. Rest assured, you're always safe in Wilson hands. In neither book does he lower you too far down into the well; he always knows exactly in what "place" you are in with his characters. You'll come out okay. I promise. Maybe a little scared, but basically okay. They make not be easy or comforting books to read, but give yourself up to Wilson: take his hand, and let him lead you into the darkness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Wilson - The Silent and the Damned 18 May 2007
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Mario Vega is now an orphan. While he stays overnight with a friend, his parents lie dead in their large Seville house. Rafael Vega is on the kitchen floor, a bottle of drain-cleaner by his out-flung hand; Lucia is upstairs in bed, a pillow smothering her face. Every indication points to a suicide pact, but for an enigmatic note grasped in Rafael's hand.

Inspector Javier Falcon has recently returned to work. After the horrific revelations concerning his artist-father Francisco Falcon [see The Blind Man of Seville], he was left almost destroyed. Depressed, tormented, confused and mentally broken, dispassionate Javier was a wreck. Now, he is settling into life again, learning to appreciate it, and is a changed man. He's more relaxed now, less intense. And he is puzzled by the Vega suicide. Inconsistencies seem to hint at murder, but, overall, he admits suicide is most likely. As Falcon delves into Vega's murky history, the investigation careens all over the place. There are vague connections to a paedophile ring; the Russian mafia are somehow involved, and Vega's neighbours throw up more questions than answers: There's a mysterious American couple, a widow from Falcon's past, and the misery of a famous actor whose son is in prison for a terrible crime. Within days, two more suicides follow, and as a forest fire ravages the hills above the city, Falcon finds himself plunged into the dark hearts of men submerged in torment.

If The Blind Man of Seville hadn't been short-listed last year, this would win the Gold Dagger. Believe me. I was initially a little worried that without Francisco Falcon, the monster at the heart of the maze, this novel would not be as sucessful as its predecessor. I needn't have worried.
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Would love to write a review for this item but still waiting for this to be dispatched even though it was ordered on the 1st of December. ~Watch this space!
Published 19 months ago by buttons
4.0 out of 5 stars An above average detective novel
This is the second outing for police detective Javier Falcon - and I would strongly suggest that if you haven't yet read The Blind Man of Sevillethen it would be a very good idea... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Scholastica
4.0 out of 5 stars Volume 2!
The Javier Falcon story continues although Seville does not come across as so well-described as in The Blind Man Of Seville. Read more
Published on 3 April 2012 by G. D. Busby
2.0 out of 5 stars Instantly Forgettable
I have been reading a lot of Ian Rankin's "Rebus" books lately and I thought that I would give "The Silent and the Damned" a try to see if it compares to them. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2008 by L. Davidson
2.0 out of 5 stars boring
I'm no book expert, but having recently read a couple of Dennis Lehane's novels i expected at least a bit of suspense from this. Read more
Published on 30 July 2007 by farlofan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I love this book, it follows on from Blind Man of Seville, but stands alone as a story too. It's wonderfully dark and full of intrigue. Read more
Published on 20 July 2005 by "simplysarah_jane"
5.0 out of 5 stars From strength to strength
Robert Wilson and I go back a long way. From his West African whodunnits, he has grown into a more southern European setting where the complexities of European history and the... Read more
Published on 18 May 2005 by Mme Roslyn Mor
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