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Kevin Wignall

Autor/a de A Death in Sweden

26+ obres 1,057 Membres 63 Ressenyes 3 preferits

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Inclou el nom: K. J. Wignall

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Obres de Kevin Wignall

A Death in Sweden (2016) 216 exemplars
The Names of the Dead (2020) 155 exemplars
When We Were Lost (2019) 106 exemplars
The Traitor's Story (2016) 101 exemplars
People Die (2001) 100 exemplars
Blood (2011) 77 exemplars
To Die in Vienna (2018) 65 exemplars
Who is Conrad Hirst? (2007) 65 exemplars
For the Dogs (2004) 52 exemplars
A Fragile Thing (2017) 33 exemplars
Those Who Disappeared (2021) 21 exemplars
Among the Dead (2002) 15 exemplars
The Hunter's Prayer (2015) 11 exemplars
Alchemy (2012) 9 exemplars
Death (2012) 9 exemplars
Dark Flag (2010) 9 exemplars
When we were lost (2020) 2 exemplars
This Place of Evil 1 exemplars
The Letter Promised 1 exemplars
Ice in the Blood 1 exemplars
L'Homme sans passé (2017) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries (2008) — Col·laborador — 62 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 7 (2010) — Col·laborador — 38 exemplars
The Best British Mysteries 4 (2006) — Col·laborador — 25 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 11 (2014) — Col·laborador — 13 exemplars
Ink and Daggers (2023) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars

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Data de naixement
1967-03-15
Gènere
male
Nacionalitat
Belgium
Lloc de naixement
Herentals, Antwerp Province, Belgium

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Meh. I picked this one up because I'd just read and enjoyed another by the same author, but this one was disappointing. The main character was flat and annoying, and there were two different storylines that didn't really mesh with each other. The ending was weird and disjointed; I kind of expected what happened, but it was just sort of tossed in like an afterthought.
 
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ledonnelly | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Mar 11, 2024 |
This was one of those books I picked up because Amazon offered it to me for free, but I found myself drawn into it. There are a boatload of thriller/murder mystery novels out there, and this one stands a bit above the pack. Not quite a "Wow, this book is amazing," but definitely a, "Hey, this is pretty good, worth a read."
 
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ledonnelly | Hi ha 12 ressenyes més | Mar 11, 2024 |
Our protagonist - Wes - is CIA officer serving jail time in the International War Crime jail. Reason is simple - after one of the actions Wes conducted in the Middle East goes south and well known public persons get killed in process CIA abandons him and lets international public and police try him for war crimes and finally put him in jail.

Book starts with the bang - number of civilians ends up dead in Spain after terrorists execute the bomb attack. This would not worry Wes that much if it weren't the fact that his ex wife ends up dead. And considering that she is also a spy everything looks more and more as an intentional assassination attempt with huge collateral damage. So Wes starts the search and soon finds out that his own son (he knew nothing about) was traveling with his ex fiance when she was killed - so search for his wife's killers becomes a desperate search to find his son.

As is always case with Kevin Wignall protagonists is sort-of-a-anti-hero. He has a special set of skills and these were learned while doing unpopular things to people pointed to him by the government (that is now actively seeking to kill him).
Story is a page-turner, lots of action from Spain to USA and as story progresses it becomes obvious that reason for both Wes incarceration and his wife's death is nothing dramatic but just bureaucrats with guns deciding to do a clean up.

Only thing that seems a little bit deus-ex-machina-like is Wes' connection to the weird, socially awkward daughter of one of the other war-criminals serving time in the same jail with Wes. I know weird things can happen and some people act much differently than the others but this connection that grew in a couple of pages to a friendship was very very strange. But with this Wes ends up with a capable and fearless companion that proves invaluable in solving the puzzle.

All in all good story, excellent thriller. Only if it weren't for this weird "companion" thingy.
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Zare | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Jan 23, 2024 |
First I will say that what you would expect from this novel is not exactly what you will get. And here I will stop with potential spoilers.

Protagonist Max Emerson is wealthy financier who works with both legal and those not-so-legal businesses. He is very wealthy, rather young and capable. Makes you hate him already - right? :) Then it will come as no surprise that due to his links to underworld his own family keeps him at arms length for fear of possible scandal.

Being haunted by his past actions (that most definitely cost people lives indirectly) Max suddenly encounters family crisis and this will lead him to the unexpected revelations about his family but also about himself.

I truly did not expect the twist at the end.

I understand many wont like the people in this novel and especially wont like that nobody gets punished for their transgression at the end. But in my opinion ending is very realistic - I especially liked how the hacker hired to harass Max Emerson and his company (regarding links to the criminal underworld) ends up.

If you seek action, gunfights and assassins lurking around (aka usual Wignall story) you wont find it here. But you will find pretty good novel depicting relations between rather dysfunctional siblings, world of high finance (usually high also means very very low morals) and very interesting twist at the end.

Recommended to all thriller fans.
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Zare | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Jan 23, 2024 |

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Obres
26
També de
6
Membres
1,057
Popularitat
#24,366
Valoració
½ 3.6
Ressenyes
63
ISBN
82
Llengües
5
Preferit
3

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