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5.0 out of 5 stars NONE SO BLIND... April 16 2003
THE BLIND MAN OF SEVILLE is a tour de force. Robert Wilson melds police procedural with psychological thriller as he leads the reader through the social, geographic, and historic topography of Seville and Tangier. Along the way Wilson offers insights into the vagaries of memory, the discomforts of truth, and the origins of loneliness.
Seville's chief homicide detective Javier Falcon, son of a famous painter, struggles to identify a killer who mutilates his victims while showing them unendurable images from their past. At the same time Falcon is wrestling with ghosts of his own past: his divorce and the contents of his dead father's studio which he's kept locked away for nearly two years. What he learns in these simultaneous investigations brings Falcon to verge of collapse.
This may not be a book for readers who want their mysteries to be simple mind candy. It is dark, violent, and frightening. However, if you admire the dark stories of Ruth Rendel and Nicolas Freeling, you should read THE BLIND MAN OF SEVILLE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Nov. 8 2003
The telling of the story draws you into the mind of Javier Falcon, police detective. As he is compelled to follow the path of his choice you are drawn along with him. The plot takes many disturbing twists but that is what makes it a must read. Obsession takes many forms in this story - human weaknesses that are nurtured by those with their own flaws for their own benefit.
The book can and will be unsettling, not because it is gory, but it is disturbing where the minds of the characters take you.
This book easily moved into my top 10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller. Great setting. Great characters. April 3 2003
This, the new novel by the award-winning author of A Small Death in Lisbon, appears to have much going for it. The first draw is its rather curious title, the second is its exotic setting, Seville, Spain. Plus, the plot itself sounds rather fascinating...
Thursday 12th of April, and a leading restaurateur is found slain in his home. Tied to a chair in front his TV, he has been forced to view horrifically unendurable images. The horrors of these scenes is evidenced by the self-inflicted wounds caused by Raul Jimenez's desperate struggle not to watch them. On top of that, his eyelids have been removed. The normally dispassionate detective Javier Falcon is shocked deeply, and becomes inexplicably frightened by this killer who seems to have know, intimately, every single detail of his victim's life. Never in his career has he confronted a scene so barbaric.
But, for Javier Falcon, the worst is yet to come. Because, in investigating the victim's complex past, he discovers that it is inextricably connected with that of his own father, world-famous artist Francisco Falcon. The case eventually becomes not just a hunt for a killer clearly prepared to strike again, but a voyage of discovery for Falcon as he, through Francisco's journals, learns much about his father's past and the dark secrets it hides...
This story, told through the dual narratives of fascinating diary extracts and standard third-person narration, is told expertly. Even though the first hundred pages or so grow slightly dull at times, and it takes a while to settle all the numerous characters in your mind, the pace soon picks up as we learn that the case has as much to do with the past as it does the present. The setting is described wonderfully, and the city of Seville is really brought to life, shimmering with vitality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a blind read Feb. 26 2003
The Blind Man of Seville is my first Robert Wilson book, but it won't be my last. Written in a manner that is engaging and just a little poetic, The Blind Man of Seville is filled with wonderful characters in a great setting.
Detective Javier Falcon, Chief Inspector of the Seville Homicide Department is called to investigate the murder of a well known restaurateur Raul Jiminez. Falcon not only struggles with the brutality of the murder, but also the meticulous manner in which the killer planned and stalked his prey. Falcon very quickly discovers that he is dealing with a brilliant psychopath. Ultimately, his investigation begins to touch his own past. In some ways, and with obvious differences, The Blind Man of Seville reminds me of Jeffery Deaver's The Bone Collector because of the way the killer plays with the police. However, the treatment of children in this story is disturbing....nuf said.
If there is a weakness to this book, and it is a small one, it would be the referrals to the long lost journal kept by Falcon's father. The constant break in the ebb and flow of the first story is distracting.
I am looking forward to the release of Instruments of Darkness, Wilson's next scheduled book for U. S. readers.
This is a worthy book and deserving of your attention.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a compelling read although not always suspenseful Jan. 17 2003
By tregatt
Although things unfold a little slowly and in a rather sedate manner in "The Blind Man of Seville" -- this, in spite of the fact that the book is supposed to be a murder mystery that focuses on the attempts of the police to apprehend a clever, methodical but seemingly crazed murderer -- this latest Robert Wilson offering turned out to be a truly compelling read. Some books just make you smell, taste and 'see' the things that are being described: like the smell of marble and wood polish in old buildings, shadow and light in corridors, the music from cafes and the smell and taste of coffee ... and "The Blind Man of Seville turned out to be one of those books.
When Chief Inspector Javier Falcon of the Seville Homicide Dept. is called in to investigate the brutal murder of famed restaurateur Raul Jimenez, he is thrown by the horrific and savage manner in which the man was brutally murdered. And when a preliminary search of the scene of the crime reveals how meticulous and methodical the murderer was -- even to the extent of stalking and filming his subject/victim and carefully leaving evidence of his diligence for the police to find, Falcon realises that he is dealing with an intelligent and but deranged personality with an agenda of his/her own. But it is when the investigations begin to infringe on his own past and memories, and hints at a relationship between the Jimenez and his own dead artist father, that things begin to take a toll on his own personal mental health. For now Falcon must not only battle internal petty official politics (his second in command is after his job) but also dig into a past that might reveal even more horrors than has already come to light and that might also include some rather uncomfortable truths about his own family...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Psychological Thriller
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Inspector Jefe Falcon is called to the home of Raul Jimenez, a successful and politically influential man in his 70s --- he had been tortured until... Read more
Published on July 24 2008 by Toni Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, Seville
A very good read - I am in the process of searching for Mr. Wilson's other books involving this book's main character, Inspector Jefe Javier Falcon. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2007 by So Many Books, So Little Time
1.0 out of 5 stars Mean-spirited and spiteful
I so thoroughly enjoyed Wilson's "A Small Death in Lisbon" and "The Company of Strangers" that I couldn't wait to get into this one. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2003 by Gautam Patel
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete darkness.
I am giving "The Blind Man of Seville" one star, but I could just as easily have given it five for the successful realization of a thriller. Read more
Published on May 12 2003 by Candace Siegle, Greedy Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blind Man of Seville is a psychological police thriller
Robert Wilson obviously loves Spain and he brings the city of Seville to life. The culture, climate and cuisine all come together in a wonderous mix. Read more
Published on March 2 2003 by C. D. Jensen
4.0 out of 5 stars Third Strong Book Proceed With Caution
I have read and commented upon the two previous novels offered to readers by Robert Wilson in The USA, "A Small Death In Lisbon" and "The Company Of Strangers". Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2003 by taking a rest
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