In my opinion, Robert Wilson is the best writer in the crime genre. This book is the first in Robert Wilson's "Javier Falcon series". If you love reading crime fiction, this series is a "must read".
Moments of brilliance - real literature but, about 100 pages too much, esp, the depravity over and over of his father.
I really liked this book. I liked the flow of the book and the main character Javier Falcon. I will now have to read the others. Maybe because I have been to Seville I loved the mentioning of street names and local food. I will read the other books as well.
This is book #1 in a four-book series featuring Inspector Jefe Javier Falcón of the police in Seville, Spain; it’s a 300-page story sitting in a 433-page book and somehow the excess pages get in the way of making the storyline clear; the story’s sort of interesting but the biggest problem with it is that the story depends almost entirely on the contents of what are supposed to be a set of diary pages, but these purported diary pages quite improbably contain loads of exact dialogue instead of the sort of summary information that would actually be seen in a real diary, making this “diary” into a first class “literary device” that is way way too artificial; worse, the author includes a lot of unnecessary mentioning of local Seville foods and uses Sevilla street names in way too many situations in which the name of a street is irrelevant, as though mentioning all these foods and street names were actually a good way of recreating the special atmosphere of Sevilla within the novel (which they are not).
First in a 4-book series starring Javier Falcon, Chief Inspector of the Seville CID.
This book is filed under "thrillers" whereas the other 3 are to be found in the Murder Mysteries section.
While the main plot of this book concerns a nasty serial killer, it brings in Javier's mysterious, troubled, and forgotten past.I enjoyed the characters; they're depicted in a quite believable way. It's a riveting read, very entertaining, and you'll want to read the other 3 novels as well.
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