The Hidden Assassins

The Hidden Assassins

Book - 2006 | 1st U.S. ed.
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As Inspector Jefe Javier Falcón investigates a faceless, mutilated corpse, the beautiful city of Seville is rocked by a massive explosion. The discovery of a mosque in the basement of a devastated apartment building confirms everybody's terrorist fears. Panic sweeps the city and the region goes on red alert. As more bodies are dragged from the rubble, the media interest and political pressure inten­sify and Falcón suspects that all is not what it appears to be. 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 catastrophe far beyond Spain's borders.  A masterful thriller, The Hidden Assassins is fiction of the highest order.
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2006.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780151012398
0151012393
Branch Call Number: Fic
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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