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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Review – You Will Never Find Me by Robert Wilson

9781409143161Robert Wilson is a master thriller writer and he proves it again with his new novel. You Will Never Find Me picks up right where Capital Punishment ended which is a challenge in itself. Wilson give himself no time to ease into the story, reintroduce characters or build tension and still pulls off an exceptional page-turner.

At the end of Capital Punishment kidnap consultant Charlie Boxer and DI Mercy Danquah return home to find that their daughter has left home. She has completely erased herself from their lives taking not just her possessions but every photo and any trace of herself. All she has left is a note which finishes “you will never find me”.

Things have not been good between Mercy and her daughter and Charlie’s job means he has hardly been there for his daughter for the past ten years. But both their jobs mean that they aren’t going to let Amy just go. The trail leads them to Madrid but it maybe already too late.. Meanwhile Mercy’s job gives her no time or space to take stock and she is quickly thrown into a kidnapping of a Russian businessman’s son which may have connections to Russia’s secret intelligence agency, the FSB.

Wilson juggles the two story-lines with expert ease never once dimming the pace or the tension of the story. Charlie Boxer is one of Wilson’s most complex characters and we are still only just scratching the surface of his persona which I hope means there are more books featuring him to come.

If you haven’t read Robert Wilson before the Charlie Boxer series is a great place to start and I can guarantee you will be diving into his previous work straight after.

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