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Capital Punishment (Charlie Boxer) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Wilson
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Like most of Wilson's novels, this one occupies the shadow territory between the crime novel and the intelligent thriller... it's dark and powerful stuff. And the ending has a kick like a horse. -- Andrew Taylor THE SPECTATOR Fast-moving and breathlessly exciting, this is the first of a series to feature Charles Boxer from award-winning author Robert Wilson. -- Myles McWeeney IRISH INDEPENDENT Gripping from start to finish, this intricately plotted page-turner will keep you transfixed. CHOICE Absolutely brilliant. PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH Full of action and tension, a guaranteed great read from this CWA Gold Dagger winning author. LOVEREADING.COM Wilson blends psychological intensity, constant action with a brilliantly intricate plot that will leave you gasping after the final page. BITE THE BOOK [Robert Wilson's] hotter than ever... One killer of a crime caper. NORTHERN ECHO '"If you like dense, complex and internationally widespread thrillers, then Capital Punishment is for you... Unputdownable."' MYSTERY WOMEN Featuring a large cast of well-sketched players and a plethora of plot twists, "Capital Punishment" shifts scenes briskly from London to Lisbon, Mumbai to Lahore. Mr. Wilson writes with elegant vigor as he describes the shoot-outs and emotional crescendos that result from the political and criminal intrigue at the heart of the book. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL A genuine thriller and the first in a new series, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT is one of the best books in the genre to come along at the start of a new year... A brilliant beginning for what is sure to be a very exciting and worthwhile series indeed. REVIEWINGTHEEVIDENCE.COM A gripping and unsettling read GOOD BOOK GUIDE Crackerjack ... Featuring a large cast of well-sketched players and a plethora of plot twists, Capital Punishment shifts scenes briskly from London to Lisbon, Mumbai to Lahore. Wilson writes with elegant vigor as he describes the shoot-outs and emotional crescendos that result from the political and criminal intrigue at the heart of the book Wall Street Journal When it comes to turning over rocks, whether in London or Spain or South Africa or South Asia, Wilson knows how to show us the dark creatures that lurk beneath... I don't think it will spoil any of the plot to say that just when you think the situation may be settling down, the kidnap leads us to the discovery of how a sleeper cell of al Qaeda terrorists put all of London in danger. By then you will be reading for your life. San Francisco Chronicle A gripping new thriller. Charles Boxer, ex-cop and soldier, is a private operative specializing in resolving kidnappings... Wilson keeps tight control of his material. Seattle Times


Beautiful Alyshia D'Cruz has grown up in London and Mumbai wanting for nothing. But one night she takes the wrong cab home.

Charles Boxer, expert in high-stakes kidnap resolution, teams up with his ex-partner, investigative cop Mercy Danquah, who's battling with their rebellious teenage daughter.

Alyshia's father hires Boxer, who knows all about the tycoon's colourful career, which has made him plenty of enemies. But despite the vast D'Cruz fortune, the kidnappers don't want cash, instead favouring a cruel and lethal game. . . To save Alyshia, Boxer must dodge religious fanatics, Indian mobsters and London's homegrown crimelords.

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT is a journey to the dark side of people and places that lie just out of view, waiting for the moment to tear a life apart.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 698 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 417 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1409143120
  • Verlag: Orion (17. Januar 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00946TPZW
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #81.895 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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3.0 von 5 Sternen War schon mal besser... 25. April 2013
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Als grosser Wilson-Fan war ich etwas enttäuscht, das sonst vorhandene psychologische Feingefühl wurde der Story geopfert. Kommt leider nicht an die spanischen oder westafrikanischen Krimis von R.W. heran
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Could have been great, ended up being a mess 22. März 2013
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If someone would have told me that I would rate this book 2 stars when I was halfway through it, I would have said they were crazy. At that point, things were looking pretty good. We had a fast-moving plot, with enough intrigue to keep the reader's interest going, and an author that knows how to write and entertain us with the most banal dialogues and events. The main character, Charles Boxer, has a certain depth and his personal life provided the key elements needed for a character in a series.

So what went wrong you ask? Well, the main story, involving the kidnapping of the daughter of an influential billionaire had enough uncertainty and violence to keep us guessing and engaged. But then the author decided to start adding layer after layer to the story. Many characters started appearing, the reasons for actions by these characters started to become contrived and it became impossible to follow the story. There is not way to remember who the characters are and what they role is without grabbing a pad and paper and getting to work. Even if you do this, the plot goes round and round and you will get lost in the labyrinth. We end up with characters that behave erratically, and the motivations behind these actions are unclear and to tell you the truth also unimportant.

The author was able to get me to the point in which I did not care at all about why things happened the way they did, and he did this by trying to include more and more twists and turns and bringing new protagonists out of left field. When the book ended I felt like I had just wasted a whole bunch of time. It is a shame, because Wilson has the ability to write well, he just got carried away with the plot and I do not believe even he knew where he was going with it. As you can imagine, I have no intention of reading the next book in this series. Proof of this is that the author decided to include a cliff-hanger at the end to get people to buy the next book, and it did not affect me, did not even make me mad, I just did not care.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Complex and well-written but the doesn't come to life 12. Februar 2013
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This is a long book, well-written and with a initially compelling story line -- a kidnapping whose motive is the mystery. It mixes in high society, global entrepreneurs, low-life and a range of characters, each with their own issues of family, relationships, each other, and unresolved pasts. There can't many mysteries where the upstanding hero-investigator hits the sack and loses his heart to the kidnapped girl's mother, at first interview having been employed by dad, and bringing in his own ex to whom he remains close, with joint daughter problems. Yes, it's that complicated.

It loses its grip somehow and I found it hard either to care about the characters or remain involved with the story. It is flat in having too many strands -- including the complexities of the victim and her unseen tormentor. The style is good -- strong and lucid -- but it is more clever than engaging.

This is a somewhat equivocal review; I find it hard to offer a pro or con reaction. Too long for the story, too intricate, and in the end too easily forgettable.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A kidnap consultant searches for a billionaire's daughter 12. April 2013
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Robert Wilson's books have shown a steady evolution, from his Bruce Medway series in West Africa, through the Falcon novels set in Spain, to this, his latest endeavor.

The West African books were standard noir detective novels, set against an African background with all the corruption, deprivation and loneliness you could ask for in that genre.

The Iberian books (also including the non-Falcon book "A Small Death in Lisbon") were more complex and tied into history national and personal, with today's events affected by dark secrets decades ago in people's lives. Falcon is a complex character, preoccupied with his personal relationships, but ultimately a good one.

New character Charles Boxer is also complex, but darker. And in a different line of work, an intriguing turn for a thriller: he's a kidnap consultant, helping families at their darkest moments negotiating with kidnappers to get loved ones back alive. But he does something most consultants don't: if a client wants it, he'll track down the kidnapper and kill him.

What he thinks about all that and what it has to do with his personal life is at the center of his character development.

He's one in a fairly large cast. Alyshia D'Cruz, daughter of Indian movie star and billionaire mogul Frank D'Cruz, is kidnapped in London, where her English mother lives. Who has done it isn't clear, and, surprisingly and scarily, they're not asking for money.

The kidnappers, who seem to have left no stone unturned in their preparation for this, demand no police involvement. Boxer must tapdance to keep them at arm's length and avoid jeopardizing Alyshia, and meanwhile must keep necessary investigation unknown to both the kidnappers and the victim's parents. The investigation includes his ex-wife Mercy, a detective - and the two of them are preoccupied meanwhile with their own errant teenage daughter. Boxer must also carefully navigate tensions between D'Cruz and the girl's mother Isabel Marks, who predictably gets entangled with Boxer.

D'Cruz is cagey about who might have a motive to do this, because so many could: he has his hands in many pies. As the story unfolds, more and more ties to gangsters and terrorists in Pakistan and India start bearing on the case, which suddenly is more than just a kidnapping.

It's wrenching to read this, every parent's worst nightmare. Early on I had to put it down frequently. And just what kidnappings are about is a new subject matter, for me anyway, to read about in a crime novel.

Wilson seems glad to get home to write about England after all those novels set abroad. There's enough UK slang in here to occasionally mystify a non-Brit reader, although you can generally make it out through the context.

He can't resist the whole comic-lower-class-English-bad-guy thing, which I might otherwise find cliché-ridden but which here actually provided relief from the book's darkness. The book has a lot of fat people in it; much is made of their gluttony and digestive noises, including those of an MI6 agent suffering gastronomically through a stint in India.

I grappled some with the focus on failed marriages and messed-up kids, and to Wilson's credit he doesn't wrap it up neatly with a bow at the end. I think we're being set up for the next installment in the Boxer series. It doesn't have quite the breadth of the Falcon books, but as he develops Boxer's character a bit more he'll probably get there. I'll read it.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not My Kind of Book 29. März 2013
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I had a hard time getting to the end of this book and was disappointed when I did. I prefer faster paced books. The story takes place in just over 5 days but there are many characters to follow and I really didn't care about any of them. There seemed to be no care about time by the characters either except by Isabel who wanted her daughter back right away.

Billion Frank D'Cruz and his first wife, Isabel, have a big problem -- their daughter Alyshia is kidnapped and they aren't to involve the police or media the kidnappers tell them so Frank finds a private kidnap negotiator, Charles Boxer. Story takes place in London. Frank is from Mumbai (Bombay) or Bollywood. Terrorism is involved. Charles, his wife and 17 y.o. daughter are also mixed in. Like I said lots of characters and each seems to have a their own story but I just didn't seem to care.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The Author Tries To Do Too Much 24. März 2013
Von Kevin L. Nenstiel - Veröffentlicht auf
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When beautiful, evasive Alyshia D'Cruz vanishes from a crowded Islington street, her Indian industrialist father hires Charles Boxer, London's best kidnap consultant. But these kidnappers don't demand ransom, or anything else. As Boxer and the D'Cruz family watch, they seemingly just torture Alyshia for fun. Boxer desperately calls in cards with the Met, MI5, and several crime syndicates, before they break a young woman's already precarious sanity.

British novelist Robert Wilson's eleventh novel attempts to kick-start a new series, and starts off quite well, with an edge of psychological horror based on casual sadism. But around the halfway mark, he veers hard left, dumping everything into the stew: the Pakistani ISI, London chavs with excessive self-regard, a Muslim versus Hindu turf war in Mumbai, heroin, class war, and the kitchen sink. A taut thriller metamorphoses into a chaotic Guy Ritchie knockoff.

Charles Boxer makes a good antihero. Raised by a seemingly bipolar single mum, he joined the Army young, where his misplaced aggression became an asset. Now he saves other people's children, and apparently sidelines as a contract enforcer. But he hardly knows his own daughter, and catches himself repeating his father's mistakes. He sees his own death spiral, but wonders if he has the strength to pull himself out in time.

But instead of entrusting Boxer with a single mystery, Wilson has Alyshia re-kidnapped, first by two layabout Eastenders who want to get rich quick, then by an ISI general whose zeal has morphed into megalomania. Police specialists, intelligence agents, the Mayor of London, and everyone but the Queen's Horse Guards get involved in the investigation, which turns out to involve vengeance, electric cars, and dirty bombs.

This is all a shame, because for the first 200 pages, Wilson really had a winner. I wanted to know what dark secrets the kidnappers were trying to torture out of poor Alyshia, and what sordid past Frank D'Cruz wanted to conceal so badly that he would consider letting his daughter die. Wilson tossed us enough pieces that I wanted to assemble the whole jigsaw. I thought: this is really good. Everyone should read this taut, smart thriller.

Then Wilson turned on the cast of thousands, turning a psychological drama into a London farce. Not that I mind London farce; Snatch is a classic film. But the change in tone is so jarring that this feels like two books, awkwardly stitched together. Maybe that second book would have been good, too, if I'd just known it was coming. But when this novel should have opened into something profound, Wilson chose to kick readers in the teeth.

This book has many admirable qualities, and I suspect a stern editor could have turned it into a smart nail-biter--or that and a sequel, each with their own strengths. I'm not sorry I read it, and I'm piqued to see more of Wilson's books. But Wilson just tries to do too much, and as a result spreads his narrative thin. I like plenty about this book; I just don't love it.
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