The Hidden Assassins (Javier Falcon Series #3)

The Hidden Assassins (Javier Falcon Series #3)

by Robert Wilson

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156032568
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Series: Javier Falcon Series , #3
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 857,386
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About 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 Hidden Assassins 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
RSRS More than 1 year ago
I read most of this on the plane, on the way from Seattle to Spain, so had a lot of interruptions and lost track from time to time. Normally I like to read books about a place I'm visiting, but I didn't think this book contributed much to my understanding of and appreciation for Seville. But it certainly had a lot to say about the current complexities involving terrorism, religion, and human foibles. Well worth the read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The trail of death leads from a faceless body in the garbage dump to an explosion in a suburb of Seville in an apartment building that housed a mosque in the basement. Inspector Falcon and other investigators are trying to figure out what is going on. Why would somebody destroy an entire wing of a building, killing children in a day care center as well? What madness is causing this indiscriminate killing? You'll find yourself wondering what the personal life of Judge Calderon has to do with the killings also. What links do his mistress and mistreated wife play? There are many other threads woven into this tale that will keep you guessing. Talented author Robert Wilson gives mystery or thriller fans a tale that could be taken from current events involving religious fanaticism and the mounting tensions between the many groups involved. Mysterious men working for a mysterious communications company might be involved in the bombing. Is there an American link? Do politics play a role in the chaotic aftermath to the bombing? Will Falcon find out who is responsible? Surprises await the reader of this fun tale as it unwinds. You'll find there are unexpected links between Calderon and Falcon, unexpected twists in the story that guarantee reading satisfaction. Enjoy.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Seville, Inspector Jefe Javier Falcon investigates the brutal murder of a naked male, whose mutilated corpse was uncovered at the city¿s dump. The victim¿s face was removed by acid and his wrists surgically carved off. Falcon in spite of his mantra to stay distant struggles with the images. However, this makes him realize his not exclusive relationship with Laura must end because he wants restaurateur Consuelo Jiminez back in his life. --- At the same time the cop deals poorly with the homicide and his personal life, an explosion rocks the city. An apartment building and an adjacent kindergarten lay in ruins. Many die as first responders try to rescue those they can. The residents of Seville are in a state of panic when it is learned that in the basement of the rubble is a mosque. While the local and national law enforcement and media assume Islamic terrorism, Falcon begins to see a different venue that connects the bombing with the defaced corpse. Though alone, he soon begins peeling one layer at a time a monstrous conspiracy that if executed could devastate the west leaving many dead, but the clock is running out on him. --- In his third appearance (see THE SILENT AND THE DAMNED and THE BLIND MAN OF SEVILLE), Falcon is at his best as he struggles with the gruesome murder, the explosion, and has no time to repair his personal life. The investigation is top rate as the Inspector begins to slowly connect the dots that soon make him doubt the prevalent theory on the bombing and leads him towards a more horrific conclusion that something bigger is coming. Readers will appreciate his efforts to prevent a monstrous disaster in this tense conspiratorial thriller. --- Harriet Klausner
Hagelstein on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A murder investigation in Seville abrubtly turns into a bombing investigation early in this novel, which makes it unlike Wilson's other books. The investigation conducted by Inspector Jefe Javier Falcon drags on, and so does the story, to some extent, until the pieces start coming together at the end and the pace accelerates. With some familiar characters and a side investigation that is more personal to Falcon, the story is complex and compelling.
Gary10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Intricate story of an investigation of a terrorist bombing in Seville, Spain. Reminiscent of the recent Madrid bombings. My main complaint is that there were tons of minor characters and difficult to keep up with lots of detailed plot twists, but at the same time, not much depth to the characters.
BrianEWilliams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent. It's one of a 4-book series of which this is the third. Also, it's a long book (450pp) with one main storyline and several side ones that can distract a reader. I've read the next in the series and would suggest that if you like this one, be sure to read the next: several of the storylines are resolved in it, including the identity of the people bedhind the bombing.
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