The Hidden Assassins

The Hidden Assassins

Book - 2006
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The gripping new psychological thriller featuring Javier Falcon, the tortured detective from 'The Silent and the Damned' and 'The Blind Man of Seville.'As Inspector Jefe Javier Falcon investigates a faceless corpse unearthed on a municipal dump, Seville is rocked by a massive explosion. An apartment block is destroyed, and when it's discovered that its basement housed a mosque everybody's terrorist fears are confirmed.Panic sweeps the city, more bodies are dragged from rubble, the climate of fear infects everyone and terror invades the domestic life of flamboyant judge Calderon and the troubled mind of Consuelo, Falcon's one-time lover.With the media and political pressure intensifying, Falcon realizes all is not as it appears. But as he comes close to cracking a conspiracy, he discovers an even more terrifying plot - and the race is on to prevent a catastrophe far beyond Spain's borders.
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, c2006
ISBN: 9780007202928
000720292X
9780007202904
0007202903
Branch Call Number: M WIL
Characteristics: 453 p. ;,24 cm

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CB2295
Jan 10, 2012

This is book #3 in a four-book series featuring Inspector Jefe Javier Falcón of the police in Seville, Spain; once again, the author is choosing a topic where clichés abound (terrorism, this time); and there he goes again throwing Sevilla street names around like confetti; this is basically an airport thriller even more than was the first two were, including features like author speeches masquerading as political conversation and containing long discourses with short interjections by the other person in the conversation; while the story is interesting on the whole, it does not entirely hang together and there are loose ends left hanging with the complete solution not given; worse, the ending seems designed for a movie and comes largely out of nowhere as well as being incomplete; also this time round he seemed to have been reading Andrea Camilleri’s Sicilian mysteries and has adopted his style of throwing local food specialties into the story at times when they simply interrupt the flow of things; he’s even adopted his version of Camilleri’s housekeeper who puts meals into the fridge for Camilleri’s character to devour.

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gwinegarden
Sep 01, 2011

Outstanding!

Kept me riveted until the very last sentence.

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crowpluto
May 03, 2007

This is a great mystery, and so much more - it's about 9/11, and terrorism, and government response to terrorism, and Islam, and immigration, and prejudice. It's a little dense - don't worry about trying to follow every detail of the plot, just enjoy the ride. I've found some of Wilson's books to be too dense to get through, but this one ranks with A Small Death in Lisbon as his best.

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