Review: Stealing People by Robert Wilson

9781409148203Charlie Boxer returns in one of Robert Wilson’s best novels to date.

Two years after the events of You Will Never Find Me Charlie Boxer’s life is nearing some normalcy. Normal for a kidnap consultant whose services offer a little bit extra revenge on the side. His relationships with his ex-wife Mercy and daughter Amy are back on track and his relationship with Isabel is blossoming. However things are about to get very complicated, very fast.

The children of six billionaires have all been kidnapped within the space of 24 hours across London by a highly organized group. No ransom is asked for, only money to cover “expenses”. Mercy leads the investigation into the kidnappings but also finds that she has been personally compromised by the kidnappers and the only person she can turn to for help is Charlie.  As Mercy and Charlie come at events from their different sides of the fence they soon realize there is more at stake that just the hostages especially with certain intelligence agencies seemingly pulling all the strings.

There are so many fantastic elements to this story. Big business, politics, war and how they are each  inseparable from the other.  Robert Wilson brings all his talent as a supreme thriller writer to bear in the tightly-plotted, fast paced, addictive page-turner. After setting the first two Charlie Boxer novels back-to-back we get to see more of Charlie’s character develop. Wilson gives us an emotional side that is much more complex that the one we think from the first two books in the series. At the same time Wilson keeps us guessing all the way to climatic end and then some.

Charlie Boxer is fast becoming one of my favourite characters and one of my favourite crime series. I couldn’t put this down and I can’t wait to see where the series goes next.

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