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Robert Wilson

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Robert Wilson has written thirteen novels including the Bruce Medway noir series set in West Africa and two Lisbon books with WW2 settings the first of which, A Small Death in Lisbon, won the CWA Gold Dagger in 1999 and the International Deutsche Krimi prize in 2003. He has written four psychological crime novels set in Seville, with his Spanish detective, Javier Falcón. Two of these books (The Blind Man of Seville and The Silent and the Damned) were filmed and broadcast on Sky Atlantic as ‘Falcón’ in 2012. A film of the fourth Falcón book was released in Spain in 2014 under the title La Ignorancia de la Sangre. Capital Punishment, the first novel in his latest series of pure thrillers set in London and featuring kidnap consultant, Charles ...more

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Robert Wilson Hello Warren, Sorry to hear about your health and I hope you've been steadily improving since the chemo and radiation. I know how tough that treatment…moreHello Warren, Sorry to hear about your health and I hope you've been steadily improving since the chemo and radiation. I know how tough that treatment is having seen Jane and others on her ward go through it. So well done for toughing it out. I'm glad my books helped to divert you through those sleepless hours. I recently had an email from someone who had been in jail for three years telling me how much he'd enjoyed the Falcon books with their Spanish heat and atmosphere. We writers forget that books are read in all sorts of different locations and under very different circumstances and in each case offer a different experience. Thank you for your condolences. I would love to be able to tell you that the next Boxer book (No. 4) is due any moment but both my UK and US publishers have decided not to go ahead so unless you speak German or Norwegian you might have a long wait. I'm sorry, but the numbers just didn't stack up. Clearly Boxer didn't 'speak' to enough people. I am currently working on another book set in London, Paris and Lisbon in WW2. All the very best, Rob(less)
Robert Wilson I'm sorry, Rick, but I have no idea. That was something that the producer introduced. It is supposed to be some sort of drug, obviously, but whether i…moreI'm sorry, Rick, but I have no idea. That was something that the producer introduced. It is supposed to be some sort of drug, obviously, but whether it's an upper or a downer I don't know and it's not clear from his behaviour what state it induces. My version of Javier Falcon would never have taken drugs. The drug-taking was the producer's 'shorthand' for 'psychological difficulties'. I hope this doesn't spoil your enjoyment of the books. All the very best, Rob.(less)
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“Loss is like a shrapnel wound, I said, where the piece of metal's got stuck in a place where the surgeons daren't go, so they decide to leave it. It is painful at first, horribly painful, so that you wonder you can live with it. But then the body grows around it, until it doesn't hurt anymore. Not like it used to be. But every now and again there are these twinges when you are not ready for them, and you realize it is still there, and it's always going to be there. It is a part of you. A still, hard point inside.”
Robert Wilson, A Small Death in Lisbon

“They crossed the Mondego and Dao rivers to Viseu and headed south to Coimbra and Leiria.”
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“The chinese character for "strife" is represented by two women under the same roof.”
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Robert Zoë wrote: "Hi Robert. Thanks for Friending me. How are you enjoying MIDNIGHT IN PEKING?"
I'm enjoying the accurate and restrained prose with which he builds this wonderful vision of old Peking. I was going to write a China novel myself, but was warned off by my agent. I did a lot of research before that happened and it's interesting to see how Paul French uses his decades of knowledge to tell his story. I met him in Shanghai on a research trip and he took me and my wife to some guerrilla restaurant run by a Tiananmen Square protester who was on the run. It was the best meal we had in China. Plates piled high with chillies. We were smoking by the end of it.


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Zoë Sharp Hi Robert. Thanks for Friending me. How are you enjoying MIDNIGHT IN PEKING?


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