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The Ignorance of Blood


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Robert Wilson was born in 1957. A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked in shipping, advertising and trading in Africa. He has travelled in Asia and Africa and has lived in Greece and West Africa. He is married and writes from an isolated farmhouse in Portugal.


In Wilson's insightful fourth and final Javier Falcon 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, Falcon 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 Jimenez, is abducted, Falcon 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) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Praise for `The Ignorance of Blood':

`Wilson writes so well... brave, humane, intuitive' Literary Review

`A well-engineered plot and dense, chewy prose... skilfully woven together' Guardian

`This is a big, serious thriller with echoes of Le Carre...Wilson writes with an impressive sense of inside knowledge, both about contemporary Seville and about its criminal underbelly' Andrew Taylor, The Spectator

`The complex narrative contains several set-pieces of breathless brutality and twists and turns like a bull tormented by picadors. This is crime-writing for grown-ups' Sunday Telegraph

`The last in the fine quartet... a fitting end to an absorbing, well-written series' The Times

`A writer of sharp psychological insights.... This is the final book in Wilson's much-acclaimed Javier Falcon quartet... but such is the skill with which he has drawn us into Javier Falcon's world that he is leaving us hungry for more forays into Seville's dangerous underworld' Daily Express

`[Wilson] has given the twists and turns of a thriller a pleasingly idiosyncratic national context, as the crooks on the Costa del Sol invade Seville' TLS

`A hard-edged finale to a crime series that succeeds in being shocking and sensitive, intriguing and electrifying, all at the same time' Northern Echo

`His writing is always trenchant and pity, his characters heroic and damaged, his descriptions of Spain resonant and prescient. A great contemporary thriller' Catholic Herald

In Wilson's fourth and final Seville thriller, Chief Inspector Javier Falcon 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 Calderon 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 Falcon'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 Falcon'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, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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