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The Ignorance of Blood

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  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books (1 July 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0753145022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753145029
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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In The Ignorance of Blood, the final book of Robert Wilson’s sterling Javier Falcón sequence, his doughty police inspector is in the middle of a battle between Russian mafia groups. He has made a promise to the inhabitants of Seville that he will track down those behind a bombing which has wrecked a pre-school building, and killed many -- including children. Falcón is stumped until a connection with the Russian mob becomes apparent after a fatal car accident. But things are complicated for Falcón when his closest friend, the Moroccan Yacoub Diori (who spies for the Spanish intelligence agency), is blackmailed by a group of terrorists into whose organisation he has inveigled himself.

In The Ignorance of Blood, Robert Wilson demonstrates once again his effortless skill at orchestrating a variety of elements: vividly drawn, fully-rounded characters, complex and intriguing plotting (with endemic corruption and the impact of the past on the present recurring themes), and – perhaps most piquant of all – a strong and atmospheric sense of place; few novels have conjured up the sultry city of Seville with the skill on offer here.

This, regrettably, is the final book in Wilson’s much-admired Falcón quartet will inspire a duality of feeling in readers who have keenly followed the sequence: satisfaction that Wilson has written such a satisfyingfinis to the quartet, and regret that this is to be our last time in the company of the intriguing Javier Falcón. But we can at least anticipate further achievements from the highly talented Robert Wilson. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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‘Take the journey to Seville with Inspector Javier as your compelling yet troubled guide – and experience Robert Wilson’s potent blends of beauty and terror, sex and death, and prose and plot’ Harlan Coben

‘Wilson is adept at the tense psychological thriller with interesting characterisations, multitudinous plot skeins and an incredible ability to take you on a journey to some very dark places’ Good Reading

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

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As always a well written, researched and enthralling story. The end of Falcon is sad but then all good things...........!
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The Ignorance of Blood is a well written and well plotted story of police investigations into kidnapping, murder and terrorism set in the elegant setting of Seville.

Inspector Javier Falcon is trying to find the perpetrators of a bombing that took place a few months ago he had promised the people of Seville that he will catch them and as time passes he becomes more obsessed with it.

When a car crashes and it turns out the dead driver was part of the Russian Mafia and that a turf war over drugs and prostitution and gambling on the Costa's and in Seville is about to erupt he suddenly finds there may be a connection to the bombing case and starts to dig deeper.

As the case progresses and the bodies begin to mount up and those closest to him become involved he finds that he is willing to be as ruthless as the people he is fighting against and is willing to do things he never thought he would in order to protect those he loves.

Although the Ignorance of Blood is the latest in a series of books it is written in such a way that it doesn't matter if you have never read any of the others it is still a well executed novel. Those who have read the others will probably find extra details that make the story more enjoyable for them but the author has not drowned the book in back story so you can come to it as a one off and still enjoy it as a good detective story.
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First off, to any potential readers, you quite simply must read the first three Javier Falcon novels before reading this. The first three are "stand-alone-ish" and can be read on their own, however this one not only picks up immediately after book three but also refers heavily to books one and two.

This is Wilson's Falcon finale. This was always planned to be the final book in the quartet and this book was intended to be THE big book that ended the entire saga. Sadly, for me anyway, it fails to complete the saga adequately.

The first three books, in my opinion, are astonishing. "Blind Man"; "Silent & Damned"; "Hidden Assasins" not only introduce but establish Javier Falcon, and characters such as Alicia Aguado, Esteban Calderon, Consuelo Jiminez, Jose Luis Ramirez, Comisario Lobo, as well as Perez, Ines, Yacoub, Jorge, Ferrera and a whole lot more. There are a lot of characters.

Over the course of the first three books we've had murder, domestic violence, "high society", Paedophiles, Russian Mafia, Islamic Fundamentalism and international terrorism. This book is intended to be the incredible climax to this deep, involving opus.

Simply: Wilson attempts too much and allows the story to become too big for him. What started off in "Blind Man" as a serial killer evolves in to secret services, spies, double-agents, plot-twists, court appearances, Catholic Fanaticism, Islamic Fundamentalism, domestic violence, Russian Mafia wars, bombings, high end business deals, corrupt politicians, paedophiles... ayayay! It all spirals away from Wilson and, sadly, in the end I think he gives up on a lot of the loose ends, desperate to bring the saga to an end as quickly as possible.
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I only recently got into reading this series after a couple of attempts at the first - I got hooked.

This is so well written it's not even fair! with great characterization (again) and a solid story which is fast paced and thrilling.
It starts off with the killing of an important mafia person/member and Javier Falcon has to get deep into this case and into the mafia. I have to say the opening pages are so well written with quick flick backs from character to character with the car crash being so well describe I got hooked instantly.

I don't want to give too much away but I will say that everything is as good as it could be with Wilson continuing his excellent descriptive writing, depth and shocking realism (the fights especially) that makes this such an enjoyable read!

Well reccomended to anyone who has enjoyed the previous books, or if you havent Wilson does very well to reference the previous storylines in summaries so you are up to date. Great book, I want more!
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This is a thoroughly modern crime novel, mixing the themes of a European police procedural with undercover agents fighting international terrorism. There are several plots which overlap and entangle the protagonist, Inspector Falcon, in many investigations at once -- and several of them are personally important to him.
There is a lot of back story to soak up and absorb, and although the various plot threads were adequately explained and re-examined, I probably would have enjoyed The Ignorance of Blood more if I'd read the previous three installments, and had established a bond with the pivotal characters. The story veers between rival Russian mafia gangs, an undercover agent who has infiltrated an Islamic terror cell, civic corruption on a grand scale, drug-running, prostitution, slavery and exploitation, blackmail, murder, kidnapping and extortion, and it involves a multitude of crime agencies including the Seville police, the Spanish intelligence service, the CIA, MI5 and a host of other groups. You need to be quick on the uptake to remember who works for whom, and which group is on which side...

But at the core of the story there's a very human investigator, an interesting character who seeks to uncover the truth about his ex-wife's murder, protect his best friend, convict the culprits of a major terrorist attack, find personal redemption with a new partner and keep the Russian mafia from taking over altogether.
Falcon is the core of the story; every scene revolves around him. This means we uncover the truth as he does, but there's also a fair amount of time spent in meetings, re-capping on who has gone where and found what, which is a necessary device to keep the multitude of plotlines untangled, but slows the action somewhat.
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