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"[Wilson] has written a challenging, engaging novel about the terror of religious zealotry, both the Muslim and Christian varieties . . . The Hidden Assassins is a complicated, disturbing novel for complicated, disturbing times."USA Today
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"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
"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
"Exquisitely painful." Buffalo News
"Splendid . . . consistently stunning, intriguing, and arresting." St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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- Publication Date : October 1, 2007
- File Size : 2530 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 469 pages
- Publisher : Mariner Books; First Edition (October 1, 2007)
- ASIN : B003WJQ6AO
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0151012393
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #939,919 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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One reviewer described soap opera parallels. I can't imagine more accurate words and "B" movie quality at that. Some of the writing including at the onset of the book per a homicide is also extremely graphic for those who wish to avoid that kind of thing as I do.
The main thrust of the book, detailed by other reviewers, was a bombing of a high rise apartment with a nearby pre-school affected as well . This rocked the entire community, of course. However, the detail was way over extended, to the degree where I skipped paragraphs, then pages. I don't feel I missed a thing because the writing about this went, on and on and on. As I skipped pages, the new pages I read still had "the same stuff" just more of it -- rarely does the phrase "same song, new verse" apply so much. Wilson took some 100 pages to get to day three after the bombing.
One reviewer indicted a weak ending - my tribute is extended to anyone who got that far! The score on Wilson in my reading experience is 3 books are excellent ( A Small Death in Lisbon, The Blind Man of Seville and The Vanished Hands) and 2, including this one, have four legs, a tail and they bark.
I like many things about Wilson's writing. He develops great characters and makes the reader care about them, something not always true of this genre. He has a fantastic sense of place which he conveys no matter where the action takes his novels. And he has a genius for tight, complex plotting, similar to Robert Littell, another genre master.
Readers of other Wilson works, especially A Small Death in Lisbon, know that he has a talent for hiding key elements of the plot in plain sight to ironic effect. THA brims over with this technique and really sets the table for the final book, Ignorance of Blood.
The War on Terror is the front piece of the plot, but there are many other important plot elements going on here as well. In the hands of almost any other writer, this many plot developments would lead to a confusing mess. Wilson takes the reader through all of it smartly. Upon finishing the book, I tried to think of anything he could have pulled back out and not hurt the overall effort. I couldn't think of it.
If you're new to Wilson, make sure to read this quartet in order of publishing, starting with The Blind Man of Seville. If you've finished this quartet, then by all means read his excellent A Small Death in Lisbon.
Wilson tells his story, his third featuring the wily Seville, Spain, police inspector Javier Falcon, in rapid, time-stamped staccato bursts of chapters, uncovering and then neglecting a number of intriguing and seemingly unconnected events. But when a powerful bomb takes down a low-rent neighborhood apartment block, including a day care center and a basement mosque, plot lines thicken and emotions understandably flare. Evidence points to an inadvertent detonation of explosives hidden away in the mosque for future attacks, but Inspector Jefe Falcon has his doubts, clinging to inconsistencies in the convention explanation of the tragedy as he sees the possibly of an even more sinister conspiracy emerging. Wilson's pace proceeds as one would expect in an actual investigation - frustratingly slow in parts, while riveting a suspenseful in welcome bursts. Unlike the standard espionage popular fiction fare, the author adds extraordinary depth to the complex tale through a long list of colorful and, if not damaged, certainly flawed characters, from the thoughtful but lonely Falcon himself to a strong and surprisingly dominant cast of the various women who have drifted through various stages of the inspector's life - an ex-wife, ex-girlfriend, sister, artist, co-worker, psychiatrist... Women so interesting and invasive to the story, in fact, that there is hardly room for Falcon, and intriguing character in his own right who I'd have liked to seen more of. And while I'd argue that dropping former Falcon flame Consuelo's story could have lightened the load without weakening the story line, for the most part the intricacies of the various relationships added to the elements that made a mostly ambiguous conclusion surprisingly satisfying.
That is not to say that there were no loose ends by the time 450 pages closed, but the cagey Wilson wraps them up in this year's "The Innocence of Blood", a highly recommended sequel that picks up where this one ends, moves more quickly, and winds up a fascinating saga that truly requires a full two volumes to do it justice. This is a novel that deserves reading, but my advice is to read it over a short span - a few days, not weeks. Your efforts will be rewarded, and have you coming back to Amazon for "The Innocence of Blood."
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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. He rapidly begins feeding back intelligence under the wing of the Spanish security machine. There is just enough ambiguity to keep you unsure about whether he's become an agent or double agent or more. This story line is another one to warn you off reading the books out of order!
I have enjoyed the other books I have read by Mr Wilson and this one is quite good too, though I begin with a personal prejudice against a tale centred on a terrorist bomb explosion. It is a raw nerve as far as I am concerned. That personal qualm apart, the rest of the criminality and mayhem in this book is well told and it is a pacey thriller. One final thought - it really is best to read this series in order because the same key people populate the books at least until they come to a sticky end, and takes away just a little of the suspense when you know what's coming to them.
The whole series is highly recommended. Wilson captures perfectly the beguiling essence of Seville, while Falcón is an engagingly human character. There are always a few good gastronomic references in these books too.
That said, parts of the book are long-winded, there is a challenging number of characters and I felt there was an irrelevant thread or two.
Overall, however, this was a very good read with minor annoyances here and there.