The Hidden Assassins by Robert Wilson is a brilliant book that deals sensibly with the major problem of religious fanaticism, and the no less serious traumas caused by spousal abuse and psychological problems.
Robert Wilson is one of the very few writers I have read that can produce a very long book that maintains my interest throughout. His style of writing is very easy to read and the pages just flow past along with the twists and surprises in the complex plot.
Some readers might find the personal relationships between the characters unlikely but it is said Seville is a village and it is no surprise to me that Javier Falcon would know everyone of influence in the city.
The fact that his ex wife Ines is married to the investigating judge Calderon and his sister Manuela's partner Angel Zarrias is a major figure in the politics of Andalucia is quiet believable to me.
I worked in a suburban town for 17 years where everyone seemed to be related in some way to everyone else.
One message from this book is never jump to conclusions where terror is concerned and that perhaps one day good people will reach a compromise between Islam and the West.
'Our own people were killed in suicide bombings in Casablanca in May 2003, and Muslims died on those trains in Madrid in 2004, and in London in 2005, but they don't remember that.'
'........ as just another way the West has devised to set out to humiliate us.'
' But it isn't the West that has created that website ,' said Ramirez. 'It's another fanatical minority within the West.'
It is a pity we don't have real life detectives like Javier Falcon who with all around them panicking remain calm.
'....you're looking remarkably relaxed, Javier, said Angel, taking a seat and ordering a beer.
'We have to present a calm exterior to a nervous population who need to believe that somebody has everything under control,' said Falcon.
I will definitely be reading the next book in the Javier Falcon series.