Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment

eBook - 2013
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"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." -- Alan Cheuse, 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 "Suspense author Wilson launches an exciting new series with this smart, sophisticated, and twisty thriller that keeps the reader guessing to the final page. Fans of Wilson's other thrillers will definitely enjoy this one." -- Library Journal, STARRED review "Set in London, this energetic, thoughtful first in a new series from Gold Dagger Award -- winner Wilson introduces Charles Boxer. . . .Fans of intelligent thrillers will eagerly await the next installment." --Publishers Weekly, STARRED review "One of the more sophisticated writers in his field." --Kirkus Reviews
"Energetic, thoughtful first in a new series . . . Fans of intelligent thrillers will eagerly await the next installment." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review Alyshia D'Cruz, daughter of Indian tycoon Frank D'Cruz, has grown up in London and Mumbai wanting for nothing. After a boozy evening out, she gets in the wrong cab home. Enter Charles Boxer. Ex-army, ex-police, he has found his niche in private security. His specialty: kidnap and recovery. When D'Cruz hires Boxer to find Alyshia, Boxer knows Frank's crooked business empire has made him plenty of enemies. Despite the vast D'Cruz fortune, the kidnappers don't want cash, instead favoring a cruel and lethal game. But the British government doesn't want its big new investor to lose his daughter in the heart of the capital. The MI6 office in India follows Boxer's lead, and soon it seems more lives than Alyshia's are at stake as the trail crosses paths with a terrorist plot on British soil. To save Alyshia, Boxer must dodge religious fanatics, Indian mobsters, and London's homegrown crime lords. Capital Punishment is a thrilling journey to the dark side of people and places that lie just out of view, waiting for the moment to tear a life apart.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780547935485
054793548X
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (416 pages)
Call Number: eBook

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Oldprof Jun 03, 2013

A quick read. The author seems to be quite taken with multiple metiphors, each more colorful than the previous, but over-the-top for what is necessary to set the scene. He backs off of this style as the story line progressses. This book is not as well developed as others in the genre. The "affair" of the main characters is superfluous to the story line.

ChristchurchLib May 13, 2013

"This intricate, high-energy series debut begins with the London kidnapping of the daughter of Indian industrial tycoon Frank D'Cruz, whose business dealings may not always be entirely legit. Though the kidnappers want to deal only with Frank's ex-wife, Frank hires Charles Boxer, a former cop and "kidnapping consultant" who immediately complicates things by falling for the ex-wife (while working with his own ex-wife). Meanwhile, the kidnappers don't seem interested in ransom - rather, they want to make life hell for Frank. Then there are the religious extremists, Indian mobsters, and London's own homegrown crime lords complicating matters. "One of the best thrillers so far this year," says Booklist." May 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=631593

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