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Amy Boxer, the precocious daughter of London kidnap consultant Charles Boxer and Detective Inspector Mercy Danquah, has drifted from melancholy and frustration to drastic action: she’s leaving home. But Amy can’t just walk out, and goads the talents of her parents, with a challenge: YOU WILL NEVER FIND ME.
Amy’s destination: Madrid. Here, in the strobe-lights of bars and crowded dance clubs, she’s anonymous and untraceable. Except to a volatile, unpredictable leader in the Madrid drug trade, the man known only as El Osito.
Charles Boxer will use his very specific set of skills to retrace Amy’s quickly vanishing steps, while DI Danquah takes on her own case in London: a young boy, Sasha Bobkov, has gone missing. Is the disappearance connected to Sasha’s father, a retired agent of the Russian secret service, who is working to discover who poisoned his former fellow agent, Alexander Tereshchenko.
As Danquah begins her search for Sasha, a body is found in Madrid. Amy’s father may be the next target.
No spoilers, but I was absolutely horrified when a significant event in the story occurred so early on in the book. I wondered what was left to tell, and was the rest of the book going to be a boring, long, drawn out investigation? How wrong was I? The book got better and better. I found myself eagerly turning the pages to reveal the next twist in the story. There was just enough gruesomeness (if that’s a real word) to make the story gripping without unnecessary gore. The story begins when Amy Boxer disappears from home, after cleansing every trace of herself from her mother’s home. The emotions of her parents, Mercy and Charlie, felt real and claustrophobic – a parent’s worst nightmare. Mercy, a detective with the Met’s kidnap and negotiation squad, throws herself into her work, in order to take her mind off the fear of what has become of Any. The Met, together with MI5 are working together, trying to secure the safe return of the son of a Russian businessman who has been kidnapped in London. I thoroughly enjoyed this book which I received free in exchange for an honest review. I would recommend this to any crime fans.
Review by Kagsy. 4.5 Stars out of Five.
About the Author
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 Boxer, was published in 2013 and was nominated for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. This was followed by You Will Never Find Me in 2014. The third book in the series, Stealing People, will be published in 2015. Robert Wilson loves to cook food from all over the world but especially Spanish, Portuguese, Indian and Thai. He also loves to walk with dogs…and people, too.
About the Book
- File Size: 1156 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publisher: Europa Editions (April 7, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 7, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UGG90HC