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The Ignorance of Blood (Javier Falcon Series #4)
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The Ignorance of Blood (Javier Falcon Series #4)

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by Robert Wilson
 

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As a sweltering Seville recovers from the shock of a terrorist attack, Inspector Jefe Javier Falcón is struggling to find the bombers. The death of a gangster in a spectacular car crash offers vital evidence implicating the Russian mafia in his investigation, but it pitches Falcón into the heart of a turf war over prostitution and drugs. Now the target of

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As a sweltering Seville recovers from the shock of a terrorist attack, Inspector Jefe Javier Falcón is struggling to find the bombers. The death of a gangster in a spectacular car crash offers vital evidence implicating the Russian mafia in his investigation, but it pitches Falcón into the heart of a turf war over prostitution and drugs. Now the target of vicious hoods, Falcón finds those closest to him are also coming under intolerable pressure: his best friend, who’s spying for the Spanish government, reveals that he is being blackmailed by Islamist extremists, and Falcón’s own lover suffers a mother’s worst nightmare. He might be able to bring the perpetrators of the bombing to justice, but there will be a devastating price to pay.

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Praise for THE HIDDEN ASSASSINS

"The Hidden Assassins, the third Falcón thriller, once again demonstrates that few writers—in any genre—can match Wilson's depth of character and plot or his evocation of place and of history."—Boston Globe

"Modern terrorism is uppermost in the minds of those who populate Robert Wilson’s new novel, but the engines driving The Hidden Assassins through to its satisfying, nuanced finish are old human emotions: greed, obsession, love."—Washington Post Book World

"A complicated, disturbing novel for complicated, disturbing times."—USA Today

Publishers Weekly

In Wilson's insightful fourth and final Javier Falcón novel (after The Hidden Assassins), the intrepid Spanish homicide detective finds himself overwhelmed with the pressures of personal and professional entanglements. After a suitcase is recovered from a car accident containing several million euros and discs showing video footage of local council people in compromising positions, Falcón begins piecing together a vast international conspiracy that involves not only the Russian mafia and Islamic extremist groups but also implicates his best friend, Yacoub Diouri, a spy for the Spanish government. When the young son of his lover, Consuelo Jiménez, is abducted, Falcón comes to some startling revelations about his career, his relationships and his future. While convoluted plot lines initially slow the pace, patient readers will find the action-packed-and bombshell-laden-conclusion well worth the wait. As always, the richly described Seville backdrop is a plus. (June)

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Library Journal

In Wilson's fourth and final Seville thriller, Chief Inspector Javier FalcA³n tries to solve two cases, which end up intruding on his messy personal life. Set in September 2006, three months after the bombing of a mosque in Seville and the arrest of Investigative Judge Esteban CalderA³n for murder (The Hidden Assassins), this novel focuses not only on the many ramifications of those events but also on the accidental death of a Russian mafioso caught between two dueling crime bosses trying to corner Seville's drug trade and muscle in on a massive construction project. At the same time, one of FalcA³n's best friends, Yacoub Diouri, recruited as an agent by Spanish Intelligence, has penetrated the radical Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, only to learn that his son has joined the mujahideen. Yacoub's gay lover, a member of the Saudi royal family, may be in their sights. When someone kidnaps the son of FalcA³n's lover to blackmail the inspector, he finds himself stirring a lot of pots at the same time. Readers new to the series may find the complications overwhelming. For those patient enough to work through the details, however, this is a fitting end, with all loose threads firmly knotted.
—Ron Terpening

Kirkus Reviews
The accidental death of a Russian gangster sets demons of all sorts loose in this final installment in Wilson's Seville tetralogy. Only his death in a freak traffic accident has short-circuited Vasili Lukyanov's plan to shift his allegiance from Mafia boss Leonid Revnik to Afghan War veteran Yuri Donstov, whose heroin-smuggling scheme spells big rubles for everyone. The routine accident seems unconnected to Inspector Jefe Javier Falcon's ongoing investigation into the bombing of an apartment house (The Hidden Assassins, 2006, etc.), or his crusade to get to the bottom of his ex-wife's murder, allegedly by her husband, disgraced judge Esteban Calderon. Yet whenever he presses Calderon's girlfriend Marisa Moreno, the chief witness against the defiant judge, for details, he's warned by an anonymous caller to mind his own business. Eventually the threats escalate to a more baleful kind of pressure: the abduction of his on-again lover Consuelo Jimenez's eight-year-old son Dario. What could be worse than having to deal with kidnappers ready to kill the boy? Being caught between two sets of criminals, equally determined to bend Falcon to their will, both claiming to have Dario. It's no wonder that Falcon's hard-pressed to help his best friend Yacoub Diouri, an undercover agent who's infiltrated a group of Moroccan terrorists only to find that they've enlisted Yacoub's son Abdullah as a suicide bomber. Half a dozen other meaty, painstakingly interlinked subplots make this climactic volume as close-knit as a prose poem on counterterrorism. For fans of international intrigue, however, this capstone is the mother lode.
Armchair Interviews
Summer in Seville and Inspector Jefe Javier Falcn is called out in the middle of the night to the scene of a spectacular car crash. The victim, a high-ranking member of the Russian mob, is carrying close to 8 million euros and computer discs depicting numerous top-level officials in compromising positions. Desperate to keep his promise to Sevilles citizens to bring the perpetrators of a terrorist bombing to justice, Falcn is convinced he now possesses evidence of the Russian mobs involvement in the plot to subvert the Andalusian parliament.

His investigations carry him into the midst of a mob turf warand he soon discovers the mob plays by their own rules. Pressure is applied to those nearest to him in an attempt to distract him from his investigations. His best friend Yacoub, a spy for the Spanish government, reveals that he is being blackmailed by Islamist extremists, and Consuela, Falcns lover, suffers a mothers worst nightmare. Will he have to pay an unthinkable price if he wants to discover the truth?

With The Ignorance of Blood, Robert Wilson brings his Inspector Jefe Javier Falcn series to a close. The series, begun with_ Blind Man of Seville,_ is both police procedural and psychological thriller, psychological because it delves into the purpose and identity of its hero. Each volume can be read alone; however, taken as a series Wilsons overarching themes of appearance, reality and family come strongly into focus. While Falcn is clearly the hero of the series, Seville is its heart. Wilsons extensive research and love of the city is evident from the first word.

The Ignorance of Blood explores idealism and values, and before the end each of its main characters are pushed to their limits and forced to face their inner truths, often at great cost. Wilson has created a stunning finale; however, the pages are periodically painted with blood and human misery. While this is a stunning work and definitely a worthwhile read, those extremely sensitive to violence against children may wish to consider carefully before beginning.

Armchair Interviews says: Another fine offering from this very prolific and Gold Dagger award-winning mystery, crime, thriller, suspense writer.

—Janelle Martin

Armchair Interviews - Janelle Martin
Summer in Seville and Inspector Jefe Javier Falcn is called out in the middle of the night to the scene of a spectacular car crash. The victim, a high-ranking member of the Russian mob, is carrying close to 8 million euros and computer discs depicting numerous top-level officials in compromising positions. Desperate to keep his promise to Sevilles citizens to bring the perpetrators of a terrorist bombing to justice, Falcn is convinced he now possesses evidence of the Russian mobs involvement in the plot to subvert the Andalusian parliament.

His investigations carry him into the midst of a mob turf warand he soon discovers the mob plays by their own rules. Pressure is applied to those nearest to him in an attempt to distract him from his investigations. His best friend Yacoub, a spy for the Spanish government, reveals that he is being blackmailed by Islamist extremists, and Consuela, Falcns lover, suffers a mothers worst nightmare. Will he have to pay an unthinkable price if he wants to discover the truth?

With The Ignorance of Blood, Robert Wilson brings his Inspector Jefe Javier Falcn series to a close. The series, begun with_ Blind Man of Seville,_ is both police procedural and psychological thriller, psychological because it delves into the purpose and identity of its hero. Each volume can be read alone; however, taken as a series Wilsons overarching themes of appearance, reality and family come strongly into focus. While Falcn is clearly the hero of the series, Seville is its heart. Wilsons extensive research and love of the city is evident from the first word.

The Ignorance of Blood explores idealism and values, and before the end each of its main characters are pushed to their limits and forced to face their inner truths, often at great cost. Wilson has created a stunning finale; however, the pages are periodically painted with blood and human misery. While this is a stunning work and definitely a worthwhile read, those extremely sensitive to violence against children may wish to consider carefully before beginning.

Armchair Interviews says: Another fine offering from this very prolific and Gold Dagger award-winning mystery, crime, thriller, suspense writer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547335872
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
06/11/2010
Series:
Javier Falcon Series , #4
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
422
Sales rank:
915,655
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT WILSON is the author of numerous novels, including The Company of Strangers and A Small Death in Lisbon, which won the Gold Dagger Award as Best Crime Novel of the Year from Britain’s Crime Writers’ Association. A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked in shipping, advertising, and trading in Africa, and has lived in Greece, Portugal, and West Africa.

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The Ignorance of Blood 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robert Wilson you are some writer! I really enjoyed the Javier Falcon series, I'm in love with Javier Falcon! Daisy
SkeeterIrwin More than 1 year ago
Robert Wilson is able to keep us in suspense throughout the book as with his entire Javier Falcon series. Better than that, he builds onto the characters and their emotional baggage throughout the series. So, by the time you get to the end of this book, you feel like you are satisfied that you now understand many of the subplots, and perhaps more than you wanted to know. Wilson is compelled to begin his books with blood and gore, which is initially quite repelling, only to settle into a suspenseful crime story that takes on many unexpected but relevant twists and turns. Wilson's considerable research of his venues and criminal enterprises is impressive and works well in all facets of his stories. It is relevant and fascinating at the same time. You can feel the summer heat radiating off the streets of Sevilla; smell the pungent air of the Moroccan souks. You can sense the ruthlessness of the jihadists as they control their subjects. He never leaves the reader very comfortable. Even the protagonist, Javier Falcon is ready to retire from it all. No wonder. I will miss this fine Spanish public servant, Javier Falcon. He has become someone whose character has been built in my mind event by event, crisis by crisis. He is human. He is professional and yet is pressured by circumstance to be even more human which would ultimately cause himself to fail as an officer of the law. He is someone with whom I would like to share a bottle of 2001 Muga Torres. I would like to thank Robert Wilson for sharing Javier with me. Too bad he has now retired. It would be delightful if he would come back to solve another crime, but that is probably wishful thinking.
slatsdawson More than 1 year ago
Robert Wilson is distinctive for lack of a stronger word - his Javier Falcon novels have all been outstanding. This is the last Falcon novel according to the book jacket and that is sad. I will miss Javier and all the characters in the series but look forward to his next novel with great anticipation.
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