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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780547935195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547935195
  • ASIN: 0547935196
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* When Indian billionaire industrialist Frank D’Cruz, once a Mumbai gangster and later a Bollywood movie star, learns that his estranged daughter, Alyshia, has been kidnapped in London, he hires Charles Boxer to negotiate her recovery. Boxer, a former soldier and homicide cop, has something in common with D’Cruz; his teenage daughter, Amy, is furious with him. Boxer struggles to focus on his assignment but adds to his own difficulty by immediately falling in love with Alyshia’s mother. Strangely, the kidnappers seem more interested in tormenting D’Cruz than in ransom money, and soon MI5, MI6, and London’s Metropolitan Police are investigating D’Cruz’s myriad shady business contacts with rival Hindu and Muslim gangs, old-school London gangsters, mercenaries, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, and their links to each other and to the global drug trade and terrorism. It’s a testament to Wilson’s storytelling talents that all these threads don’t rob the book of its momentum or suspense. In fact, each is riveting, giving readers a glimpse of plausible alliances, rivalries, and murderous feuds that could explode in London or the U.S. Capital Punishment is taut and addictive, one of the best thrillers so far this year. --Thomas Gaughan


"Crackerjack . . . Featuring a large cast of well-sketched players and a plethora of plot twists, Capital Punishment shifts scenes briskly from London to Lisbon, Mumbai to Lahore. Wilson writes with elegant vigor as he describes the shoot-outs and emotional crescendos that result from the political and criminal intrigue at the heart of the book." -- Wall Street Journal


"When it comes to turning over rocks, whether in London or Spain or South Africa or South Asia, Wilson knows how to show us the dark creatures that lurk beneath. . . . I don't think it will spoil any of the plot to say that just when you think the situation may be settling down, the kidnap leads us to the discovery of how a sleeper cell of al Qaeda terrorists put all of London in danger. By then you will be reading for your life." -- Alan Cheuse, San Francisco Chronicle


"A gripping new thriller. Charles Boxer, ex-cop and soldier, is a private operative specializing in resolving kidnappings. . . . Wilson keeps tight control of his material." -- Seattle Times


"Suspense author Wilson launches an exciting new series with this smart, sophisticated, and twisty thriller that keeps the reader guessing to the final page. Fans of Wilson’s other thrillers will definitely enjoy this one." —Library Journal, STARRED review


"Set in London, this energetic, thoughtful first in a new series from Gold Dagger Award–winner Wilson introduces Charles Boxer. . . .Fans of intelligent thrillers will eagerly await the next installment." --Publishers Weekly, STARRED review


"One of the more sophisticated writers in his field." --Kirkus Reviews


More About the Author

ROBERT WILSON is the author of nine previous novels, including A Small Death in Lisbon and The Company of Strangers. A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked in shipping, advertising, and trading in Africa, and has lived in Greece and West Africa.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez VINE VOICE on March 22, 2013
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If someone would have told me that I would rate this book 2 stars when I was halfway through it, I would have said they were crazy. At that point, things were looking pretty good. We had a fast-moving plot, with enough intrigue to keep the reader's interest going, and an author that knows how to write and entertain us with the most banal dialogues and events. The main character, Charles Boxer, has a certain depth and his personal life provided the key elements needed for a character in a series.

So what went wrong you ask? Well, the main story, involving the kidnapping of the daughter of an influential billionaire had enough uncertainty and violence to keep us guessing and engaged. But then the author decided to start adding layer after layer to the story. Many characters started appearing, the reasons for actions by these characters started to become contrived and it became impossible to follow the story. There is not way to remember who the characters are and what they role is without grabbing a pad and paper and getting to work. Even if you do this, the plot goes round and round and you will get lost in the labyrinth. We end up with characters that behave erratically, and the motivations behind these actions are unclear and to tell you the truth also unimportant.

The author was able to get me to the point in which I did not care at all about why things happened the way they did, and he did this by trying to include more and more twists and turns and bringing new protagonists out of left field. When the book ended I felt like I had just wasted a whole bunch of time. It is a shame, because Wilson has the ability to write well, he just got carried away with the plot and I do not believe even he knew where he was going with it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter G. Keen VINE VOICE on February 12, 2013
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This is a long book, well-written and with a initially compelling story line -- a kidnapping whose motive is the mystery. It mixes in high society, global entrepreneurs, low-life and a range of characters, each with their own issues of family, relationships, each other, and unresolved pasts. There can't many mysteries where the upstanding hero-investigator hits the sack and loses his heart to the kidnapped girl's mother, at first interview having been employed by dad, and bringing in his own ex to whom he remains close, with joint daughter problems. Yes, it's that complicated.

It loses its grip somehow and I found it hard either to care about the characters or remain involved with the story. It is flat in having too many strands -- including the complexities of the victim and her unseen tormentor. The style is good -- strong and lucid -- but it is more clever than engaging.

This is a somewhat equivocal review; I find it hard to offer a pro or con reaction. Too long for the story, too intricate, and in the end too easily forgettable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Ferris VINE VOICE on March 28, 2013
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I had a hard time getting to the end of this book and was disappointed when I did. I prefer faster paced books. The story takes place in just over 5 days but there are many characters to follow and I really didn't care about any of them. There seemed to be no care about time by the characters either except by Isabel who wanted her daughter back right away.

Billion Frank D'Cruz and his first wife, Isabel, have a big problem -- their daughter Alyshia is kidnapped and they aren't to involve the police or media the kidnappers tell them so Frank finds a private kidnap negotiator, Charles Boxer. Story takes place in London. Frank is from Mumbai (Bombay) or Bollywood. Terrorism is involved. Charles, his wife and 17 y.o. daughter are also mixed in. Like I said lots of characters and each seems to have a their own story but I just didn't seem to care.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Berger VINE VOICE on April 12, 2013
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Robert Wilson's books have shown a steady evolution, from his Bruce Medway series in West Africa, through the Falcon novels set in Spain, to this, his latest endeavor.

The West African books were standard noir detective novels, set against an African background with all the corruption, deprivation and loneliness you could ask for in that genre.

The Iberian books (also including the non-Falcon book "A Small Death in Lisbon") were more complex and tied into history national and personal, with today's events affected by dark secrets decades ago in people's lives. Falcon is a complex character, preoccupied with his personal relationships, but ultimately a good one.

New character Charles Boxer is also complex, but darker. And in a different line of work, an intriguing turn for a thriller: he's a kidnap consultant, helping families at their darkest moments negotiating with kidnappers to get loved ones back alive. But he does something most consultants don't: if a client wants it, he'll track down the kidnapper and kill him.

What he thinks about all that and what it has to do with his personal life is at the center of his character development.

He's one in a fairly large cast. Alyshia D'Cruz, daughter of Indian movie star and billionaire mogul Frank D'Cruz, is kidnapped in London, where her English mother lives. Who has done it isn't clear, and, surprisingly and scarily, they're not asking for money.

The kidnappers, who seem to have left no stone unturned in their preparation for this, demand no police involvement. Boxer must tapdance to keep them at arm's length and avoid jeopardizing Alyshia, and meanwhile must keep necessary investigation unknown to both the kidnappers and the victim's parents.
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