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  • 00/2021
  • 9781665590808
  • 282 pages
  • $$4.99
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  • 00/2021
  • 9781665590815
  • 282 pages
  • $$20.11
Paul A Cooper
Author
The Hillingdon Files

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

DCI Greg Richards, having moved away from the metropolitan area to the more relaxed confines of Bournemouth CID, finds himself at the hands of a money laundering syndicate. This syndicate has kidnapped his partner and her sister because of their knowledge of a not-so-well-hidden computer file that can expose a multibillion-dollar scam being played out, unknown to them, on legitimate enterprises. Aided by the girls’ cousin, Richards embarks on a torturous route to track the women down. The evidence takes the men to Latvia, where they have managed to pinpoint the women’s location. The trouble is that the Eastern European drug runners who are holding them don’t seem to be the types to just let them walk away.
Reviews
Pacific Book Review

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Title:  The Hillingdon Files:  a thrilling crime novel: Featuring kidnap, money laundering and fraud

Author:  Paul A Cooper Publisher: AuthorHouseUK ISBN:   978-1665590822

Pages: 282

Genre: Fiction / Crime / Thriller

Reviewed by:  Jake Bishop

In this, his debut novel, author Paul A Cooper has constructed both an entertaining and informative look into the workings of law enforcement practices not only in Britian, where the story begins, but also in Eastern Europe as the plot escalates. More than simply a police procedural however, Cooper’s tale is packed with characters’ emotional connections, intellectual maneuvers, mounting suspense, and physical action as well.

It all begins when Greg, a police detective, gets an urgent call from his partner, Aleysha. She needs him immediately. But he can’t find her anywhere. In his attempt to locate her, he becomes the injured, but surviving victim of an unexplained explosion at a country cottage she’s connected to. Tensions rise as it becomes apparent that not only Aleysha, but also her sister have been forcibly taken and spirited away.

 

Cooper has chosen to have Greg tell his story in first-person voice. Simultaneously, the author details a potentially related case in third-person. He’s also elected to move back and forth in time as each of these plot lines play out. This technique of melding the two cases, increases the reader’s curiosity quotient as both narratives are developed.

The second plot, which is eventually tied to the first, involves financial skullduggery going on within a huge international corporation. Computer files detailing money laundering schemes are seen by people who shouldn’t see them, and those involved will do whatever is necessary—murder included—to silence suspected witnesses. Hillingdon, of the title, is one who becomes the victim of a hit-and-run assassination attempt made to appear accidental.

 

As both stories progress, they begin to interlock. Soon the main protagonist, Greg, is racing across the continent to rescue Aleysha and her sister. He’s joined and more than ably assisted by their cousin, Kevin, whose financial capabilities make it possible to give chase from one end of Europe to the other.

 

Cooper does a particularly good job of detailing the various procedural elements involved. Local police are eventually joined by Britain’s MI5 and MI6, plus international forces as far away as Lativia. Both detail and tension mount as Greg and Kevin eventually go rogue and discard formal methods when they see an opportunity to rescue the women before villains dispose of them.

 

Before novel’s end, the author has introduced and made credible multiple characters. Some on the right side of the law, some on the wrong. But all come across as flesh and blood people, not merely prototypical types from central casting. That includes Greg’s dog, Jet, who may be the strongest of the lot.

 

All things considerd, this is a stand-out effort from author Cooper who even leaves a door open at the end of the story for perhaps more to come. Let’s hope so.

News
01/21/2022
Entered into The Eric Hoffer Award

Efic Hoffer Book Award

Posted on December 7, 2021by paccbooks

The Hillingdon Files has been entered into the Eric Hoffer Book Award. While I’m not expecting anything, at least a few other people will actually read the book.

The Eric Hoffer Award is a grassroots effort to promote independent books. The contest closes on January 21st of each award year, and entrants will be notified of winners during May. To discover more information about the Hoffer Award, visit their website, and also the Eric Hoffer Project – http://www.hofferproject.org/.

Follow award progress on Facebook and Twitter. Links to these social media points are accessible from the website front page listed below. You will also find testimonies of many Hoffer Award success stories.

https://www.hofferaward.com/

Formats
E-Book Details
  • 00/2021
  • 9781665590808
  • 282 pages
  • $$4.99
Soft Cover Details
  • 00/2021
  • 9781665590815
  • 282 pages
  • $$20.11

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