Friday, June 26, 2009


I have now finished reading The Ignorance of Blood finding it to be a satisfying exciting thriller and far more than a simple shoot-em-up.
Robert Wilson concentrates on the characters as well as the action while reviewing the stresses and strains on those who work in the police and the intelligence services. This is top quality writing and importantly the plot even with the numerous twists and turns is believable.
There was a program recently about the British who move to Spain and some of the problems they encounter with uncompleted housing developments, illegal building on rustic land and businesses affected by the recession. There are bigger problems....

"If we get through this I'm never going to the Costa del Sol ever again in my life," said Consuelo.
"Nothing's changed in the Costa del Sol for the last forty years. Why withdraw your custom now?"
"Because it's only now I have faced up to what these people have been doing." said Consuelo. "Almost every apartment building, every development, every golf course, marina, fun park, casino - every source of recreation for visiting tourists is built on the profit from human misery."

Robert Wilson won the CWA Gold Dagger with A Small Death in Lisbon, the book that introduced me to this author, and The Ignorance of Blood is a definite contender for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award.

"You don't want to tell me do you, Javier? What could be worse than the Russian Mafia?"


Blogger Philip Amos said...

That's a corker of a question you left hanging there, Norman. That alone ought to do something for Wilson's sales figures. His novels are always a treat to look forward to, as you make very clear once again. Splendid. Nice to get back to a bit of sanity here, by the way. I've just been dealing with one Zoe who accused me in the comments at Reactionstoreading of the coinage "snobbism" and being dismissive of genre writing. Go figure that one out. You and I both seem to have trouble with Australian blogs, though not the actual blogger in my case.

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Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Thanks Philip, I like to think it is sanity central here.

Ignorance of Blood would make a good film but it would have to be at least 240 minutes long to cover all the ramifications.

I will hurry over to reactionstoreading to update myself on the "discussion". ;o)

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