The Vanished Hands (Javier Falcon Series #2)
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The Vanished Hands (Javier Falcon Series #2)

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by Robert Wilson
     
 

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Robert Wilson is back with the follow-up to his sensational thriller, The Blind Man of Seville. Javier Falcón has been through therapy and is in the process of breaking free of the psychological damage sustained during his last major investigation. Called to the scene of a suspicious suicide in a wealthy neighborhood on the outskirts of Seville, he begins

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Robert Wilson is back with the follow-up to his sensational thriller, The Blind Man of Seville. Javier Falcón has been through therapy and is in the process of breaking free of the psychological damage sustained during his last major investigation. Called to the scene of a suspicious suicide in a wealthy neighborhood on the outskirts of Seville, he begins to investigate a case with no solid evidence when suddenly, in quick succession, two more suicides occur-one of them a fellow police officer in the sex crimes unit. Left to discover what made life so unbearable for these victims, Falcón's task is to find the connection among the suicides. Or were they, in fact, murdered?

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PRAISE FOR THE BLIND MAN OF SEVILLE
"A splendid assembly of complexities and relationships that tangle generations in murder and scandal . . . Wilson has a talent for digging beneath the skin to explore psychological and emotional nuances." -New York Daily News
"This splendid, long and involving novel from Robert Wilson is consistently stunning, intriguing, and arresting." -St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Publishers Weekly
In Wilson's intricate police procedural set in Seville, Spain-the second to feature introspective detective Javier Falcon-a wealthy couple is found dead in their home: Lucia Vega has been suffocated in her own bed; her husband, construction magnate Rafael Vega, is lying on the kitchen floor, poisoned, with a cryptic note in his hand. Is it a murder-suicide-or something more sinister? Falcon's subsequent investigation reveals a vast criminal conspiracy involving the Russian mafia (crime writing's new favorite bad guys) and human trafficking for prostitution and child pornography (crime writing's new favorite transgressions). As usual, Wilson deftly deploys a vast cast of characters, from an ex-pat American couple to a popular Spanish actor, and spins his trademark web of corruption and deceit. But while Falcon is consistently compelling, struggling with his internal demons and with the challenge of ridding Seville of its moral bankruptcy, the plot itself is too complex to really be engaging. In addition, too many references to the first Falcon novel, The Blind Man of Seville, will confuse new readers. The story of one young Russian prostitute-she's promised a job as a waitress in Portugal and ends up working the streets in Spain-is a chilling reminder of the evil that men do, but her frightening tale is lost in the convoluted story. Agent, Anthony Sheil at Gillon Aitken. (Jan. 3) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Chief Inspector Javier Falc n, back after his emotional ordeal in The Blind Man of Seville, and Judge Esteban Calderon, now engaged to Falcon's ex-wife, Ines, launch an investigation when wealthy developer Rafael Vega and his wife are found dead in their well-secured home in the outskirts of Seville. The case, which looks at first like a suicide pact, soon reveals unsettling details. Vega's Ukrainian gardener has disappeared, and the Russian mafia seems to have had ties to Vega's construction projects. His next-door neighbors are also suspects, and actor Pablo Ortega-whose son was sentenced to a lengthy (and perhaps unjust) prison term by Judge Calderon-commits suicide as the case progresses. A pedophile ring, the CIA, police corruption, 9/11, and Chilean torture centers under Pinochet add to the mix. This is a complex, brilliantly constructed mystery, perfectly paced and enormously satisfying. Wilson's characters are so well drawn that they walk off the page and into your mind. Highly recommended. Wilson lives in Portugal and Oxford, England. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/04.]-Ronnie H. Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Suicide is as baleful as homicide in this second case for Seville's Chief Inspector Javier Falcon. Apart from the swiftness and violence of their deaths, there might seem nothing untoward about the demise of Rafael Vega (poisoned with drain cleaner) and his wife Lucia (smothered). From the beginning, however, Falcon is skeptical of the murder/suicide story the scene suggests. The Vegas' neighbors-an American architect and his sexy younger wife, a well-known actor whose son is doing time for kidnapping, and Consuelo Jimenez, who was abruptly widowed in The Blind Man of Seville (2003)-can give no reason why the wealthy builder would have killed his wife and himself, and forensic evidence suggests that they were both murdered. Though the suspects' privileged enclave seems the perfect setting for a decorous whodunit, readers familiar with Wilson's thrillers (The Big Killing, 2003, etc.) won't be surprised by hints of something bigger and more ambitious, something that yokes a vicious ring of pedophiles, the Russian mafia, an American intelligence agency, a rash of further suicides and a cryptic reference to 9/11. But they're bound to be impressed by the surgical sureness with which Wilson proceeds from a quiet double fatality to lay bare the secrets of every suspect and every public institution. Wilson continues his bold inversion of the classic detective story, in which trifles conceal monstrous evil and every single character really is as guilty as he or she looks. Agent: Anthony Sheil/Gillon Aitken

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156032827
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/02/2006
Series:
Javier Falcon Series, #2
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
372
Sales rank:
669,847
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (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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Vanished Hands 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished another good book by Robert Wilson! Please read The Blind Man of Seville first. Daisy
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