The high summer heat tightens its grip. Panic sweeps the city and the region is on red alert. More bodies are dragged from the rubble and terror invades the domestic life of flamboyant judge Calderón and the troubled mind of wealthy Consuelo.
With the media and political pressure intensifying Falcón realises that all is not as it appears. But just as he comes close to cracking the conspiracy, he makes the most terrifying discovery of all. And the race is on to prevent a major catastrophe far beyond Spain's borders.
©2006 Robert Wilson; (P)2006 Isis Publishing Ltd
"These layers of semi-related plots make for an intricate and compelling story." (Spectator)
"Wilson's descriptions are typical of his style, with detail piled on detail, culminated in a sharply vivid image." (TLS)
"Crime writing at its very best, but it is also something more...it excites, it surprises, it satisfies." (Literary Review)
The book: pacey then slow, I really got the feel of how an investigation can take place over the timescale of the book. layers of different story lines linking in as they follow the main character of the book were not too contrived or complicated and I found the narrative clear to follow. as a registered blind reader (listener) I really did feel like I was there alongside the investigation team.
The Narrater: As this is an audio book, I feel that Sean Barrett deserves the real credit of really making my rating a 5. I found his diction and the characterisations excellent. I don't do Spanish but all I can say was his speach was clear, alive, animative, sinister (in parts where they needed to be), tense, I could say more but he did make the book extremely difficult to put down!
only downside and its the same with most of the books I have got here and I do apologise, its a visual impairment thing... for a blind listener the chapters are not 'ligned up'. I use an ipod nano and 'skipping' back and forth is made difficult if you are transported into the middle of a chapter! This should not, however, detract from the quality of the book and the listen, it just needed using the rewind more than I wanted too!
Robert Wilson writes excellent thrillers and this one is right up to standard. He really captures the strain and pressure of a high profile investigation involving many sometimes conflicting agencies of law and order.
What has prompted me to write a review, however, is to draw attention to the quite outstanding narration by Sean Barratt. For example, there are a couple of police interrogations in the book which would be real page turners if you were reading the book from the page, as it were; narrated outloud, they are absolutely spellbinding. And throughout the pace and tone are expertly judged, and the different characters drawn with a sure and convincing touch. Quite brilliant. It reminded me of why I like listening to audio books so much.
This book works well in audio with an easily distinguished cast of characters and the narrator dealing better with the spanish than I did when reading books by the same author. It's a multilayered plot which also deals with the reactions of the police and their entourage, and the politics of post 911 Europe. I have read a previous story where several of the characters appear but a new reader would have no problems following as their prior history is well explained. Makes for fascinating comparisons between modern Spain and the UK. A rich and enjoyable read.
It's not often that a type of book previously considered to be an" airport tome" for boys turns out not to be the case. Nor is it solely a " boys' own adventure" as expected. Plotting, language and atmosphere were nicely wrought. Perfect for a non psychologically battering holiday listen. As far as the usual, horrendous violence against women that is to be expected..there was " only" one gruesome depiction.
Perhaps the fact that the characterisation, not so strong here, was provided by the far more visceral and sensory vehicle many of us experienced in the Falcon television series helped fill in any gaps.
Sean Barrett was his usual fabulous self, manfully staggering through mounds of Spanish language names and places. Even he chuckled in chapter 20 when he stumbled slightly over the difficult pronunciation..and the engineers did not find the mistake to extract it. How human!
marathon listener, very discerning about the narrator quality...
This is my first Javier Falcon audio book.
I was struck by the complexity and multiple layers of the tale: few authors can do this plural narrative with such convincing mastery. This is Henning Mankell levels of literary scope over the plot and characterisation.
This is a demanding listen, a satisfying lists and a world I want to return to in the next one...
I enjoy reading but never find the time to pick up a book so Audible has been a great find! Addicted to good detective crime books!
Found this book purely because it is narrated by Sean Barrett who is excellent and boy am I glad I took the plunge! You need to really listen and pay attention otherwise you'll miss key points of the plot but it is well worth spending the time!
Falcon is another complicated character but I enjoyed getting to know him - already purchased the next one which I understand follows straight on from here and looking forward to another excellent listen. Away from your normal thriller with the theme around 911 and terrorism and a thoroughly enjoyable listen - Sean Barrett really bought this to life for me - well done Sean!
"It grows on you"
This book starts slowly but rapidly grows on you, by the end you can't put it down. Set in Spain, it is well written well read and gives thoroughly realistic and quite frightening perspective of the impact of terrorism.
Beautifully written. The interlaced plots draw the reader in until it is almost impossible to "put" this book down. The narrator is exceptionally good.
Robert Wilson detective series in Spain is one of the best written, smartest thrillers I've read in years. It feels like it could be tawdry and cheap, but emerges quite the contrary as a complex and smart psychological thriller.
the Philip Kerr series
"The Hidden Assassins"
You got the classification of this book wrong - it should have Erotica and Sexuality rather then MYsteries and THrillers.
In addition the language is frequently profane and the Narrator is second rate at best.
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