Robert Wilson has moved to Orion from Harper Collins in the UK. His next novel, Capital Punishment, is scheduled for publication in January 2013. Here’s the synopsis from his agent’s catalogue (Alexander Aitken):
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT – In a locked room, a kidnapped girl shivers: meet London’s dark side.
Alyshia D’Cruz, daughter of Indian tycoon Francisco ‘Frank’ D’Cruz, has grown up in London and Mumbai wanting for nothing. But one night, after a boozy evening out, she gets in the wrong cab home…
Charles Boxer, ex-army, ex-police, has found his niche in private security. His speciality: kidnap and recovery. But it’s a rootless life that doesn’t impress his teenage daughter, Amy, or her mother, DS Mercy Danqah.
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 favouring a cruel and lethal game. But the UK government don’t want their big new investor to lose his daughter in the heart of the capital. MI6 officers in India follow Boxer’s leads 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 crimelords. 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.
Wilson is the author of the CWA Gold Dagger award-winning A Small Death in Lisbon.