Thursday, June 23, 2011
Title: The Ignorance of Blood
By: Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson’s The Ignorance of Blood not only ends Inspector Jefe Javier Falcón Seville quartet, but more importantly, completes the full recovery cycle of the protagonist’s troubled life.
Javier Falcón’s troubled life is revealed in the first part of the quartet, The Blind Man of Seville (2003). While investigating the brutal killing of a leading restaurateur, Raul Jiménez, he discovers his famous painter father’s secret life and violent past connected with the victim. With the combined burden of the above discoveries, the stress of his job and an irreparable marriage, Falcón suffers from an emotional breakdown.
The Vanished Hands (2005; published in UK as The Silent and the Damned) is the second book in the quartet. A double suicide case brings Falcón again to an exclusive area of Seville, and a chance meeting with Consuelo Jiménez, the widow of Raul Jiménez. She has been suspected of murdering her husband.
The Hidden Assassins (2006) is the third book in which Falcón is assigned to investigate a mutilated and faceless corpse found on the municipal dump. Before he is able to start the investigation, a massive explosion in a mosque destroys an apartment complex and a day-care center, the possible work of Islamist terrorists. To complicate the cases, his ex-wife appears to be beaten to death by her new husband, Esteban Calderón, the investigating judge. Despite the media and political pressure, Falcón refuses to be swayed, but believes that all is not as it seems.
The Ignorance of Blood (2009), the final part of the quartet, is set in the wake of a terrorist attack on Seville. Falcón is determined to bring the real perpetrators to justice. But such determination exacts a high price to pay both professionally and personally: his closest friend, a spy Falcón controls for the Spanish government, has been blackmailed; his own lover, Consuelo Jiménez, suddenly finds her youngest son being kidnapped in a shopping mall; and, worst of all, he is ordered to resign from the police force, because of his persistent investigating methods. Not intimidated by either fanaticism or violence, Falcón adopts the most ruthless retaliation to realize his determination, bring home the kidnapped boy, and save the son of his closest friend. In the process he has also reinstated the former investigating judge, and unearthed the root of Jiménez’s family violence. He is now fully ready for more challenges in his life.