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2.0 out of 5 stars Dreadfully Disappointed, 8 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Capital Punishment (Charlie Boxer Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
As someone who thoroughly enjoyed all of Robert Wilson's previous novels, I was looking forward to Capital Punishment with its new central character and location. Unfortunately I was very disappointed. The first third of the book was bogged down with tedious cod psychology that ultimately had nothing to do with the main plot line. The new hero, Charles Boxer, was unoriginal, two dimensional, and was impossible to empathise with, so unlike Falcon and Medway (for all their character flaws you still cared about them). There were none of the tremendously evocative descriptions of locations that Wison normally gives us. I've never been to NW Africa, but feel as if I know it, and Seville was always beautifully drawn.Boxer's supporting cast (ex partner Mercy and supposedly best friend Deacon) were as with Boxer, completely flat and not developed. Even Medway's driver was better drawn. In fact the best characters in this novel were the criminal pair of Skin and Dan, who at least came off the page as real with the expected fabulous Wilson dialogue at last in evidence. Overall it's a cliched sub genre that TV's Kidnap & Ransom does much better.What a shame!
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Initial post: 28 Feb 2013 19:19:46 GMT
Sandy says:
I've read all of Robert Wilson's books and I look forward to of his new books but, like Roubia, I too was very disappointed with this. Roubia's reasons are matched by mine; I felt that the author was desperately trying to conflate a series of contemporary issues into a story where none of the characters is interesting. Like Boxer's daughter, Amy, I also left the story feeling "You will never find me". I won't be reading his books again.

Posted on 21 Apr 2013 02:11:52 BDT
jkobi2011 says:
I was `very disappointed withthis novel. Robert Wilson is previous novels write wonderful dercriptive passages of Lisbon and Seville.Somehow he was persuaded to turn this latest novel into a cops and robbers story.He was also told that by creating s
Bond character who he called Boxer he would appeal to hois readers .What a disappointment ! .
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