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Robert Wilson has lived and worked around the world, including spells shipbroking, tourguiding, and exporting bathrooms to Nigeria. After escaping car crashes, civil wars and angry baboons, he and his wife settled in Portugal, and Rob turned to novels. Since then, he's written ten acclaimed crime novels including the CWA Gold Dagger award winning A SMALL DEATH IN LISBON.
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London, January 2014. In the space of 32 hours, in a well-planned and highly organized operation, six billionaires' children are taken off the streets of London in a series of slickly well-executed kidnaps. The gang demands GBP25 million per hostage for 'expenses' - not ransom. And when your child goes missing, you need Charles Boxer: a man with little left to lose who'll stop at nothing to save families suffering what he has. The wealthy parents of the missing children know that Boxer will do more than police can - but that doesn't mean the law will leave it to him. Intelligence agencies are all interested in the kidnaps because in each case the parents are related to people in power in the various countries involved. Soon the investigation goes beyond the corridors of power and the boardrooms of big corporations - and to far darker corners. Even more worryingly for Boxer, and his ex-wife Mercy, it threatens to lead back to their own lives, too. But still nobody knows what this mysterious kidnap gang ultimately want and, if they have a cause, what the hell is it?
YOU WILL NEVER FIND ME. When Charlie Boxer reads this note from his daughter in her empty room, the words only reinforce what he already knows: he's always got his priorities wrong. His ex-wife, DCI Mercy Danquah, and their daughter, Amy, have learned to live without him. Boxer's work in high stakes kidnap and recovery has taken him to places from which no man returns unscathed. And Amy has been around enough police business to plan the perfect disappearing act. But what Amy doesn't realise - and Boxer knows only too well - is how quickly a life can fall apart when living under the radar. Charlie follows Amy's tracks from London to Madrid - but will the trail last long enough for him to face up to the true meaning of the sins of the fathers?
Charlie Boxer messed up his family life. First the army, then the police, then high-stakes kidnap and recovery, his ex-wife and daughter learnt to live without him as his work took him places no man can come back from unscarred. Trying to rebuild a relationship with Amy, his teenage daughter, hasn't been easy. But Charlie only realises just how wrong things have gone when he finds her empty room and a note: You will never find me. Having spent years working to track down kidnap victims, Charlie knows that sometimes, the missing don't want to be found. And he knows the hell it brings for families - the vanished are neither dead or alive, but simply gone. Worse still, Charlie Boxer knows how quickly a life can fall apart once you're living under the radar. For Charlie, danger has finally come to his front door and to crack the hardest case he's ever worked, it's time to face up to the true meaning of the sins of the father.
Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2013. CWA Judges' comment: “Teeming with action and suspense, this riveting thriller explores a dark, Dickensian cross-section of the capital.” Kidnap, extortion, murder, politics - welcome to the dark side of London and a new character, Charles Boxer; ex-Army, ex-police and now high stakes kidnap resolution expert. Full of action and tension, a guaranteed great read from this CWA Gold Dagger winning author. January 2013 eBook of the Month.
A new psychological thriller featuring Javier Falcon of the Seville Police whom we met in The Blind Man of Seville and The Silent and the Damned. This confirms his brilliance that won him the highest accolade from the Crime Writers Association, the Gold Dagger for A Small Death in Lisbon. I’m highlighting all this so you are aware that here is a master of his genre. This is not a page-turning blockbuster but a highly engrossing, beautifully written, tense tale of detection in an intriguing location. I think the whole series is excellent.Similar this month: Stella Rimington.Comparison: Michael Dibdin, Andrea Camilleri, Barbara Nadel.
A wonderfully dark psychological thriller full of intrigue and menace from the author of Blind Man of Seville. If you like Rankin's Rebus you'll love Wilson's Javier Falcon.