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The Hidden Assassins (Javier Falcon #3)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  803 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
As Inspector Jefe Javier Falcon investigates a faceless, mutilated corpse, the beautiful city of Seville is rocked by a massive explosion. The discovery of a mosque in the basement of a devastated apartment building confirms everybody's terrorist fears. Panic sweeps the city and the region goes on red alert. As more bodies are dragged from the rubble, the media interest an ...more
ebook, 464 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Mariner Books (first published July 3rd 2006)
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Feb 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A simple murder…an explosion…terrorism

A core review easily writes itself when the heart and style of the author is familiar to the reviewer. Take into account the reviewer never having read any previous books in the series, then the story should stand on its own. The Hidden Assassins does this and more.

Meet Inspector Javier Falcon, the chief homicide detective. Add the sensitive subject of terrorism, bombs and religious factions and you have a forward motion of tension and suspense. Granted the
Gary  the Bookworm
I've read other thrillers by Wilson but this is my first foray into the world of Javier Falcon, a police inspector in the Spanish city of Seville. A murder investigation uncovers a terrorist plot and we are thrust into the world of John LeCarre, albeit it with a Spanish accent. I found the whole thing confusing, but I always have trouble keeping track of characters with foreign names. Falcon didn't seem to be a particularly compelling hero and I became bored by the details of what he ate and dra ...more
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Gleich mit zwei schwierigen Ermittlungen muß sich Chefinspektor Falcón herumschlagen: auf einer Müllkippe wird eine unkenntlich gemachte Leiche entdeckt, und einen Tag später explodiert ein Wohnblock in einem armen Viertel der Stadt. Schnell stellt sich heraus, daß die Explosion nur durch Sprengstoff verursacht worden sein kann. Und auch die Leiche vom Vortag hängt damit zusammen.
Aufgrund der Explosion finden sich auch bald die Vertreter der Geheimdienste ein und bestimmen die Stoßrichtung der E
Kay Rollison
Some time ago I read and enjoyed Wilson’s A Small Death in Lisbon (1999), which combines a present day investigation by Inspector Zé Coelho into the death of a young woman, and art theft by the Nazis in World War II. I thought the writing good and the plot clever. With The Hidden Assassins (2006), I expected another Coelho story. Wrong. Not even the same country. This book features Inspector Javier Falcón, is set in Seville, and is the third of a quartet of novels, all of which deal with differe ...more
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspector Jefe Javier Falcón's personal devils we learned of in "The Blind Man of Seville" continue to haunt him in this international mystery. A faceless corpse, a devastating explosion and the future of Andalusia. Can they be connected? I r eally like Javier. Tenacious and resilient. An enjoyable read.
Jordan McPeek
I felt like a big complex plot kind of novel. This one fit the bill, although a little too big and too complex.

An enormous amount of detail fills the first two thirds of the book - and really it's just part of his writing style - before it all starts to come together and make some sense. Until then it's like sifting through a grab bag of unrelated widgets. Not too exciting or compelling.

The secondary storyline involving domestic abuse takes up far too much of the book. It gets drawn out far to
Third in the Javier Falcon series was a bit of a drop off for me. Same intricate plotting, same deft characterizations and vivid capturing of setting, brilliant dialog and I do love his melding of the personal, professional and how the past effects the present.

These strengths overcame what I found to be a puzzling number of weaknesses.

The first error I think Wilson makes is having a women, who is feeling endangered, leave a public area to flee down a dark alley. Where of course the man she has
Garth Pettersen
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a Javier Falcon thriller in years and I wasn't disappointed. It was well-written with a rather complex storyline. The protagonist is compelling and (almost) worth spending 642 pages with. For me the best parts involved the human relationships rather than the assassin hunting. On the negative side, IMHO the book is too long, with too many undeveloped (or developed in previous books) characters to keep track of, and too many police branches and terrorist organizations––GICM, MILA, G ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Thomas Dale
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written. Such enormous amount of detail, it's almost too much to keep track of. A great read.
Sandra Danby
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
The pace of this thriller does not stop. The setting: Seville, Spain. The beginning: a mutilated corpse is found on a rubbish dump. The first turning point: an explosion at a block of flats turns out to be a terrorism attack on the mosque in the basement. Or is it? Detective Javier Falcón is swept along by the media circus and political panic as fear of a widescale attack on Andalucía grips Spain.
This is the third of Robert Wilson’s four-book series about Falcón and the story twists and turns re
Toni Osborne
Jun 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 in the Javier Falcon series

The story explores cultural tensions and provides insights into the world of today. Different characters give us their points of view in the hope of helping us understand why the world has seen a resurgence of horrific events against mankind in recent years.

Through great writing and excellent plotting, Mr Wilson has taken his protagonist Javier Falcon on multiple cases, one of a man found brutally murdered, whose body was mutilated to prevent identification, ano
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
På dansk: Mordere i skjul

Det er et skarpt og politisk godt tænkt plot. Religiøs terrorisme, politisk opportunisme og populisme går hånd i hånd med almindelige borgeres frygt. Politi og efterretningsorganisationers manglende gennemsigtighed og evne til at skabe overblik efter en bombe springer i et boligområde i Sevilla er det centrale plot. Herudfra udskiller der sig adskillige sidehistorier, der både har korruption, ligestilling, medierne og magtens uhellige alliancer, nordafrikas geopolitiske
Tercera entrega de Robert Wilson con el inspector Javier Falcón como protagonista. Un poco farragosa, supongo que hay que leer las dos anteriores para seguir mejor la trama.
“Cunde el pánico en Sevilla. Una terrible explosión ha volatilizado un edificio del centro de la ciudad y se ha llevado por delante las vidas de todos sus inquilinos y de los niños que asistían a una guardería cercana. Cuando corre la voz de que la planta baja del edificio estaba ocupada por una mezquita, el temor latente a u
David Hambling

My goodness but this was bad. It rates two stars because it's quite readable, but it's like a low-grade TV thriller.


-- a tourist's eye view of Spain, in which the Spanish are determined to act like stereotypes and have a fascination with England

-- a ridiculously accelerated timeline which has, for example a bombing victim appearing on Tv the next day to endorse a political candidate

-- gigantic flukes like the protagonists best friend being sent in to act as a spy and stumbling on the vit
Jun 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The early report: Third in the trio of Javier Falcon policers, this one took a little while to hit its stride. Good news is that I'm loving it right now and I'm less than a third of the way through. Keep hope alive.

The late-night news: Funny, I ended up really having to push my way through this one. Many reviews by fans of author Robert Wilson have used the unfortunate term "needlessly padded" when discussing this one, and I've got to agree. The final chapters, in which the baddies are pressed h
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am now addicted to Robert Wilson...this is the quintessential mystery novel for the post 9/11 age.Wilson captures the the dark underbelly of the lust for power that is attached to every so-called ideology,secular or religious, and asks the hard questions: who profits? who is a stakeholder? what do people really mean when they talk about "belief" and how many layers are there to any given action? Our protagonist, Javier Falcon, is just as driven and introspective as ever and the larger terroris ...more
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book seems to have had mixed reviews. I found it stunning. It was good to have a police procedural set other than in the UK, USA, Italy or somewhere in Scandinavia. The story of bombing and terrorism is very well told. I particularly liked the lengthy interrogations and the long discussion between Javier and his Moroccan friend, the latter on the nature of terrorism and the Arab mindset in respect thereto, something that the author appears to know a considerable amount about. The twist in t ...more
Rob Innis
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please note - it really is best to read this series of 4 books in sequence so as too best understand the ongoing threads, although each has a main plot - the protagonist Inspector Jefe Javier Falcon, Seville cop, has a hectic private life which seems to impinge on his professional activities - trying to catch the baddies. In this one Seville is rocked by an explosion. the usual suspects are in the frame but Javi persues other leads and it all gets complicated and enthralling. Great scene setting ...more
George Ilsley
The rave reviews made me pick up this book, but it took a while to get into. Much of the conversation is rather wooden, or perhaps Spanish police officers are all rather prolix philosophers. However, this book grew on me and at one point even provide a succinct and convincing explanation of why the US invaded Iraq. There are a lot of ideas here about fundamentalism, terrorism, the clash of civilizations, and how things may not actually be what they appear to be at first. A thriller that deserves ...more
Emi L
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La tercera entrega de la serie ha sido la que más me ha impresionado. Los interrogatorios, las visitas a los lugares del crimen, los hallazgos en la investigación, cada vez más enrevesada, y los giros inesperados de la trama, me han decidido a calificar esta novela con cuatro estrellas. La quinta estrella podría haber sido si los monstuos en la mente de Consuelo Jiménez no se hubiesen puesto por medio, muy tediosos en mi opinión. En fin, muy recomendable si se han leído las dos novelas previas.
Bookmarks Magazine

About terrorism, religious zealotry, and good old-fashioned human foibles like greed, The Hidden Assassins mixes the personal with the political. With a complex plot and many__perhaps too many__subplots, the mystery offers nuanced insights into crime, culture, psychology, religion, history, and personal relationships. Rich in settings, details, and characters__particularly the intelligent and sensitive Falc_

Rob Wilkinson
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our hero, a local murder investigator, meets international anti terrorism agencies in this richly-threaded storyline which leaves little room for character development. Nothing is what it seems as Wilson paints a Le Carré-like world of ambiguous relationships. I enjoyed it. The novel reaches some sort of denouement with a pleasing number of loose ends. No doubt to be played with later in the series.
Oct 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I last posted to Goodreads which was ages ago, I've consumed all of Robert Wilson, Alan Furst, Ian Rankin, Philip Kerr, Jo Nesbro, Henning Mankell, and a fair amount of others is the spy and mystery genre! Phiip Kerr has a new one out this month that I'm looking forward to reading soon and the inimitable John LeCarre has a new one coming in June. There's a great piece on LeCarre in yesterday's New York Times Magazine.
Nov 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Ugh, most definitely not for me. That's probably why it took me so long to finish. The thread of the story gets a little lost for me in the weaving, the many, many characters whose names I can hardly keep straight in my head, and the heavy, heavy writing. Sorry. After the laconic style of the Swedes, I found this very difficult to follow.
Patty Richardson
This was a great read. Intrigue, mystery, spy genre. Very Bourne Identity-esque. It took me forever to finish this book, but I've turned into a not-so-great reader. Plus, I put this down to read my cousin's book, which took me a weekend to read. Lots of characters and a very complicated, intricate plot, but that makes the investigation worth following and challenging to the reader's assumptions.
Ana Luisa
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uma leitura agradável e muito interessante. Robert Wilson consegue descrever as personagens de tal modo verdadeiro e ao mesmo tempo cruel que as amamos ou odiamos.
Assassinos escondidos fascinou-me da primeira à ultima página e deixou durante capítulos a achar que sabia o que tinha acontecido... enganei-me redondamente.
having read some other books by robert wilson this was a bit of a re -tread of his previous books . this featured an international terrorist plot which bored me and his usual complex and conspiratorial police investigation was a bit tired .
i have noticed that thrillers are often in a narrower format than other books which makes the sentences shorter and easily read . a cunning ploy .
i love this guy; I've read several of his books. My favorites of his are his Graham Greenish africa books... of a seedy (and sweaty) englishman in Nigeria and Benin... highbrow english mystery/thriller stuff.
Naja. Ich fand es eigentlich ganz gut. Eigentlich. Mir wareneinfach zu viele Personen dabei (auch noch alle mit spanischen Namen) und ich weiß immer noch nicht genau wer eigentlich zu wem gehört :P Und obwohl es über 600 Seiten hat, habe ich es doch relativ schnell gelesen :)
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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 Bl ...more
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Javier Falcon (4 books)
  • The Blind Man of Seville (Javier Falcon, #1)
  • The Vanished Hands (Javier Falcon, #2)
  • The Ignorance of Blood (Javier Falcon, #4)