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Hamelin's Child [Kindle Edition]

DJ Bennett
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Michael Redford died on his seventeenth birthday – the night Eddie picked him up off the street, shot him full of heroin and assaulted him.

Now he’s Mikey and he works for Joss. With streaked blond hair and a cute smile, he sleeps by day and services clients at night. Sometimes he remembers his old life, but with what he’s become now, he knows there is no return to his comfortable middle-class background.

Then he makes a friend in Lee. A child of the streets, Lee demands more from friendship than Mikey is prepared to give. But the police are closing in on them now and Mikey’s not sure anymore who he really is – streetwise Mikey or plain Michael Redford.

Hamelin’s Child was long-listed in the UK Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award. A thriller set in the seedy world of London's drug rings, this book contains strong scenes and adult material.

(approx 85,000 word novel)

About the Author

I tell lies and make things up. Sometimes people pay me for it. www.debbiebennett.co.uk

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 416 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004PLNLWY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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Debbie has been writing since primary school and handwrote her first novel aged 14 in a fancy ring-binder. After that inspiring debut, she wrote several (mostly unpublishable) novels on a manual typewriter and later computer, until an agency contract in the 1990s led her to think she might actually be good at it.

She's worked in law enforcement for over 25 years, in a variety of different roles (both front-line and back-office), which may be why the darker side of life tends to emerge in her writing. In 2005, she was long-listed (top 25) for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award, which gave her the self-confidence to independently-publish the crime novel Hamelin's Child on kindle and other e-outlets in 2011, closely followed by a young adult fantasy Edge of Dreams and a collection of short (and not-so-short) stories Maniac & Other Stories. Other books followed and Debbie has now started publishing paperbacks of some of her books due to local demand.

She spent 9 years editing and publishing anthologies, newsletters and other publications for the British Fantasy Society, and has had numerous short stories in print in a variety of outlets from award-nominated anthologies to women's magazines. She's also reviewed for the BFS and Starburst magazine, and was a reader for a national short story competition for many years.

At present Debbie plays with police computers during the day. The rest of the time she's working on a couple of other novels and several short stories. Her website can be found at www.debbiebennett.co.uk

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing, riveting, genuinely original 24 Jan 2014
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Most modern crime novels with a gritty bent seem to focus on the relationship between the perpetrator of the crime and the detective or police officer hunting him or her, showing how much they have in common. In Hamelin' s Child, DJ Bennett takes a different approach. Michael "Mikey" Redford is a seventeen-year-old boy, rebellious although not remarkably so, who finds himself dragged out of his middle-class life on his birthday and hurled into a sordid, terrifying world of hard drugs, prostitution and violence. With startling speed, he adapts to the life, making his rescue from it all the more difficult for his sister Kate, herself trapped by others' expectations in a life she never really wanted, and Derek, the (presumably) unhappily married police detective in charge of finding Michael.

With its graphic descriptions of heroin abuse, homosexual rape and beatings, the story could easily have wallowed in luridness. It's a testament to the author's skill as a writer that this is never allowed to happen, and despite the horrors you get the sense that the narrative' s under tight, expert control. The structure of the novel is masterful, with an apparently climactic midpoint series of events which turn out instead to open a new phase in the story. And Hamelin' s Child opens with one of the best first lines I've ever read.

A most impressive debut, and I'm looking forward to reading the next two novels in the series. Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Hamelin's Child is a novel of rare power with a storyline that takes the reader into a world very far removed from normality. 'Mikey' is a a victim, preyed upon and forced into a life that degrades and yet draws him into its spell. Forced into prostitution and heroin addiction, the contrast with his plight and the sheer normality of the family who search for him is remarkably well portrayed by a gifted author whose attention to detail never wavers. The powerful nature of chapter eight, in particular, will remain with me for a long time.
Exceptional writing, I recommend this very strongly.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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The director of The Exorcist and Cruising would heartily approve of D J Bennett's relentless pacing and unflinching commitment to showing, in horrifying detail, one boy's forced descent into heroin addiction and gay prostitution. The suspense is finely orchestrated on several fronts: our empathy for this likable boy...our growing realization that this author will go the distance in showing still worse degradation...and the artfully shown race to find him--while there's still something worth saving. Make no mistake, it's a grim read. But there's more compassion here than you'll find in all of Friedkin. While surgically dissecting the progression of his addiction, Bennett is careful to add rays of hope: a rebellious streak...shrewd attempts to escape his captors and his sickness. He falls hard, and then harder,and then harder still. But he never once falls from our hearts. The book has first-class villains and a fine set-up at the end for the two sequels that followed. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Unbelievably cheap at 86p, this is a harrowing book, yet enjoyable too, particularly for readers who like a book to shock them.
Hamelin's child follows the story of a boy who is picked up in a nightclub by a stranger, and ends up becoming a "rent boy", only surviving because he is forced to become a heroin addict. Drug dependency is one of the main themes of the book, and the author's intimate knowledge of this, coupled with her understanding of the suffering of a family when their son goes missing, means that the book has a depth which makes is entirely believable. So believable, in fact, that you can almost imagine yourself in Mikey's position.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Hamelin's Child is a dark novel that had me gripped from the first page. I found myself caring deeply about the main characters, even though the topics involved within the evolving plot were disturbing.
The moral dilemma`s raised for `Mikey' and the life choices that he is forced to make contribute to a story that leaves an impression long after the last page has been read. The combination of heroin misuse and the seedy side of male prostitution contrasted starkly with the mundane side of family life - where a cup of tea is the answer to all lifes problems.
I came across this book by chance and purchased it after reading the reviews posted. I would recommend this book to others looking for a though provoking and dark read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars gritty & emotive 28 May 2011
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This book is not my usual cup of tea, but I couldn't put it down. The story focuses on Michael's descent into heroin addiction and prostitution; and on his sister Kate's attempt to find him, support their parents, and reconcile her increasing attraction with Derek, the police officer looking for Michael, with the fact that she's due to get married to oh-so-reliable Colin.

Through the narrative of the two siblings' actions and emotions, the book raises questions about the choices we all make in life; and about the accountability we have to take for our own actions. What happens to Michael is horrific, but it is never graphically described; I have found that some books on similar themes run the risk of turning rape into something tittilating, but there was no sense of that in this novel.

I felt that the character Joss, source of the heroin, could have been more developed, but I liked the fact that he was a three-dimensional character, and as we learn more about his background he becomes surprisingly sympathetic.

This isn't a 'happily ever after' book; and the questions it raises about self-control and accountability are at best uneasily answered, but it is well written and will stay with you long after you've finished reading it. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant ;-)
this is the first book with two more to follow wow couldnt put them down would defo recommend to my friends :-)
Published 1 month ago by sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty pleasure?
I felt almost guilty for enjoying this book so much. It's a harrowing tale, with insight into a life that's hard to stomach but it's written so well that you can't help wanting... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mally_Brat
5.0 out of 5 stars Hamelin s child
Captive storyline well written excellent characters would make a great movie the two characters at the end ( not giving any names away ! Read more
Published 5 months ago by d. metcalfe
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hard Hitter
Hamelin's Child This grim hard hitting tale of a youngster, kidnapped for sexual use, is not for the queasy, it pulls no punches. I found it an amazing piece of writing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, dark, brilliant
DJ Bennett's novel, Hamelin's Child, is a well-written, dark, brilliant story about heroin, kidnapping, (forced) child prostitution and the sheer strength of the human spirit. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed this
loved this book, well written on a sensitive story i felt so much for the character, recommended. wonder if there will be a part 3. well written by a good author.
Published 9 months ago by suzanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Brilliant.
I've just finished reading this book, but I know it's a story that is going to stay with me for a long time to come. Read more
Published 9 months ago by K. Hanney
5.0 out of 5 stars Worst birthday ever
Michael, a bored, middle-class suburbanite is looking for a seventeenth birthday thrill with a bit of underage drinking. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dixie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Loved this book and was delighted to find that there was a follow up cannot get enough of this type of book
Published 10 months ago by Lizzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read!
Unique and exciting plot! Extremely well written. This book grabs on to you from the first page and does not let go! I definately recommend this book to my friends!
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