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The Hidden Assassins (Javier Falcon) Paperback – 16 Apr 2007

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; New edition edition (16 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000720292X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007202928
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 3.6 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 873,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Praise for ‘The Blind Man of Seville:’

‘Crime writing at its very best… it excites, it surprises and it satisfies… a fine important novel.’ Literary Review

‘An ingenious and compelling thriller.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Brilliant.’ Guardian

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 By P. Gill on 31 July 2007
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By myrydyn on 22 Aug. 2008
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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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By Noel on 26 Aug. 2011
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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 characters in the story. 6 June 2006 and a huge explosion destroys an apartment block and nursery school in a poor area of Seville. Falcon rushes to the scene, drawn away from the investigation of a mutilated body just found in a rubbish bin in the centre of the city. There are other connected and incidental violent deaths as story progresses, one of which is just a step removed from Falcon. All of these deaths are connected of course. The seat of the explosion is a basement mosque in the apartment block but who did it? Which shadowy group or groups of conspirators is behind these murders? And what further horror is in store, and can it be stopped? Javier Falcon and his colleagues run on adrenalin and precious little sleep in the peak heat of the summer trying to unravel this mystery.

Now I regret reading this series out of order! I read the final book in the series some months ago and the events of this book are the backdrop to that one. So I knew a bit more than I should have done when I began this book. However as the pace of the investigation picks up I got over my foreknowledge and got carried along by pace of the story telling.

Amidst all this turmoil, Consuela, Falcon's former lover is going through her own personal horrors. This woman has a tough life! This is third book in the Javier Falcon series and poor Consuela goes went through the mill in Book 2 and because I read the books out of order I know she had a very tough time ahead of her in Book 4!

Javier is persuaded to make a daytrip to Morocco to recruit his Moroccan friend Yakoub to spy on alleged jihadists in his mosque.
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By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Sept. 2010
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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. I believe this is the third book, though I've read more over the last years and, thankfully for me, I couldn't fully remember how his relationships had progressed (or otherwise), thus the book was a good read. But it could have been better.

There is just too much bloated detail going on throughout the book. The storyline is complicated enough without being bogged down with - in my view - irrelevant details about nothing very much. It's a long book but it would have worked better by being more brutally edited.

I suppose Falcon's mixed up private and family life is part of the attraction but it leaves the reader confused at times as we try to fathom out his past life in North Africa, his suspect father and his complicated friends in high places.

Of course, some of this is explained in earlier books but if one is coming to the series for the first time, I fear there will be confusion - or, at the very least, a slowing down of the thrust of the story.

Anyway, the waffle aside, I enjoyed the book. Robert Wilson gets to grips with aplomb with the Spanish investigative procedures, as he does with their life style. I'm not sure the English could get used to casual callers at the house at 11pm nor popping out for a meal not much earlier than that. But its this atmosphere that brings the book to life.

It certainly makes a welcome change from the rain-soaked pavements of gritty British towns and cities so well recorded by our popular current crime thriller writers. Having got the taste, I'll search out the next book to see how he prevails once again.
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My paperback edition of "The Hidden Assassins" is 642 pages in length. At 350 pages, it might have been a fine thriller. At 300, it might have soared to the status of an 87th Precinct-type police procedural set in Spain (no small praise, I assure you!) But at its current length, "The Hidden Assassins" is a bloated, mostly-failed novel with a really hokey title.

The best part of the book--and the part that should have been salvaged by a competent editor, even as she or he wielded a savage blue pencil on the wannabe, novelistic tripe, deals with the catastrophic explosion that flattens a wing of a working-class apartment building, a building that housed a small, working-class mosque at its base. Far and away the best writing in the book describes the bombing and its immediate consequences. This starts partway through Chapter 5 and ends a couple of pages into Chapter 10, not quite a hundred pages in all. Prior to the bombing, the book executed a stutter step through no less than six potential opening gambits, ranging from the cliched, to the consciously obscure, to the tedious and downright boring. Once it got to the blast, though, Wilson's prose became lean and pointed and the dramatic engine beneath the surface of the book revved up. By Chapter 10, I was convinced that the book was going to be a smart, swift, exciting ride.

It was not to be. On page 158, an ambulance tears off in one direction, carrying a survivor and most of the book's narrative energy with it, while the protagonist of the book, Inspector Jefe Javier Falcón saunters off in another direction. It soon becomes plain that the swift, pointed narrative had been a temporary aberration and that the fumbling start(s) marked the author's true concept of the book.
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