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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 (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,737 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

From the Back Cover

PRAISE FOR "THE VANISHED HANDS"
"Wilson artfully maintains the suspense until the very end." "New York Post"
"Tangy, sprawly, garrulous, astute, here s one more Wilson witchery." "Los Angeles Times
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"A toboggan ride into hell and back." "The Columbus Dispatch"
"Wilson s plotting is intricate, his detective endearingly human, Seville a captivating venue. This is crime fiction of high order." "Times" (London)

PRAISE FOR "THE BLIND MAN OF SEVILLE


""Wilson has a talent for digging beneath the skin to explore psychological and emotional nuances." "The New York Daily News
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"Exquisitely painful." Buffalo News


"Splendid . . . consistently stunning, intriguing, and arresting." "St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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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 Jefe Javier Falcon, Seville cop, has a hectic private life which seems to impinge on his professional activities - trying to catch the baddies. In this one Seville is rocked by an explosion. the usual suspects are in the frame but Javi persues other leads and it all gets complicated and enthralling. Great scene setting in Seville giving the reader a real taste of Spain and (as I have said before) Wilson's dialogue is brilliant. Well worth reading
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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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The pace of this thriller does not stop. The setting: Seville, Spain. The beginning: a mutilated corpse is found on a rubbish dump. The first turning point: an explosion at a block of flats turns out to be a terrorism attack on the mosque in the basement. Or is it? Detective Javier Falcón is swept along by the media circus and political panic as fear of a widescale attack on Andalucía grips Spain.
This is the third of Robert Wilson’s four-book series about Falcón and the story twists and turns relentlessly. The plotting is excellent, I challenge you to work out the answers. As Javier unravels the knots you don’t know what to believe and neither does he.
I am fascinated by the insight into Falcón’s life provided by glimpses of his cooking. His housekeeper leaves his food in the fridge for him to prepare in the evening. He is something of a cook. “Encarnación had left him some fresh pork fillet. He made a salad and sliced up some potatoes and the meat. He smashed up some cloves of garlic, threw them into the frying pan with the pork fillet and chips. He dashed some cheap whisky on top and let it catch fire from the gas flame. He ate without thinking about the food and drank a glass of red rioja to loosen up his mind.” And then he goes out to work again. It is 10pm.
I will not give away the plot details, but there are sub-plots too involving characters who featured in books one and two: Javier’s ex-wife Inés and her husband the judge Esteban Calderón, his ex-girlfriend Consuelo, his sister Manuela.
As always, Seville is an additional character. Its streets, the heat, the lifestyle. It makes me want to go there now.
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