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The Eighth Child [Kindle Edition]

Michael Hillier
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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alan brading, a young englishman, sees his french wife gunned down in front of him in a london street. he even sees the face of her killer. a few days later, at her funeral in a small town in the loire valley, he is certain he sees the murderer again, but nobody will believe him. nor can he persuade the police to take action.
after a year of wasted effort, alan sets of again to france to find the murderer himself and bring him to justice. helped by his wife's younger sister, jeanette, he begins to uncover a complex web of hatred and intrigue which goes back to the emnity between resistance fighters and collaborationists in nazi-occupied france in the last war.
as he gets close to discovering the town's dreadful secret he finds himself fighting a duel to the death with the evil homicidal maniac in the dense forests and deep caves of the area.
at stake is his own life and those of the people he loves.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 323 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: KSF publishing; 2 edition (18 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051PEA0K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,003 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I live on the Costa Blanca, Spain, with my chocolate labrador Cocoa. I have written about 8 books some of which have been published conventionally but which I am now selling online as ebooks in several different formats.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was hooked immediately by this novel. 24 May 2007
Format:Paperback
This review was writted by my mother Betty Greenwood and is posted on her behalf as she does not have internet access.

The narrative starts off with a horrific event when the Alan Brading's young French wife of two years is shot dead in a London street by his side. Though his father-in-law, Charles Limosin supports him through the early months of despair, eventually anger propels him to seek answers for the crime and revenge. The trail leads to events of the Second World War, the French Resistance Movement and of honour and betrayal.

It is an extraordinary `page-turner' and I stayed up until 4 o'clock in the morning to finish it. A very good read. Let's have many more.

Betty Greenwood, Wiltshire
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read thriller 10 April 2007
By tomtom
Format:Paperback
This book has everything. The complex yet well written easy to follow plot tantalises the reader with every turn of the page. At times you feel you are running with the imagination of the author but he tricks you time and time again. A great mystery thriller, a great debut book.
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It's 1982 and Alan Brading witnesses his wife being shot in a London street. The murderer was driven away in a car and Alan was left to pick up the pieces but he didn't seem capable. His wife Suzanne was French and her father, Charles, arrives to arrange everything, including the transportation of Suzanne's body back to her homeland for burial.

At the family chateau, Alan meets Suzanne's devastated sister, Jeanette and they all attend the funeral. Here, Alan is certain he spots the man who fired the gun from the car. But it's too brief a glimpse and, besides, nobody believes him. What would Suzanne's murderer be doing here when the crime was committed in London?

London's Detective Sergeant Cabot doesn't seem to get anywhere with his enquiries; the official line is that Mrs Brading was killed in error, a gangland or terrorist assassination that went wrong. Frustrated, Alan can't let the matter drop. He becomes obsessed. He must find out what happened.

Persistence and stubbornness drive him on to the point where he even convinces Jeanette that the connection between her sister's death and the chateau is highly significant.

This was a pleasant read, reminding me of the prolific and once popular Victor Canning. Hillier has the same laid back elegant style, making you want to read on to find out what's in store for the determined hero. An old-fashioned hero, in fact, and all the better for that; he makes a change from the cynical anti-heroes we've had for years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn good adventure 12 July 2007
Format:Paperback
Mr. Hillier has shown us that a first novel really can be good. The book is well paced and invites you to continually turn the pages. The twists are unexpected and keep you guessing until the very end. Well done Mike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where has this author been hiding? 8 May 2007
Format:Paperback
It has been a long time since I read a book that instantly gripped me in the way the Eighth Child did. The characterization was excellent, the plot had me enthralled. A must have! Can't wait to read Mike Hillier's next offering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a debut. 7 May 2007
Format:Paperback
Well Mr. Hillier, what a debut. heres a writer both skilled and talented, I cant believe this is his first book. What a find, will Alan Brading run and run? I think this writer definately will, cant wait for the next one.
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