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A psychopath with mother issues. A policeman with his career on the line. A beautiful agent with unclear allegiances. And an ancient organisation guarding a secret that could get them all killed. Hiko Shimizu is not a nice man, but he is ingenious. Ingenious enough to find a lost artefact capable of catalysing a revolution in China? Maybe. And that's close enough to draw the attention of powerful forces that won't hesitate to kill to keep their secrets safe. Meanwhile, Matthys Rossouw is in hot pursuit, unaware of the full scale of the danger he faces.
It is clear from the start of Brendan Le Grange’s Butterfly Hill that thriller fans are in for a treat. A daringly structured and cleverly executed International Thriller, it would be easy to summarise his latest release with a few commonplace adjectives. High octane, adrenalin-driven and bold, every chapter feels crisp and polished, but there's nothing extraneous here as Le Grange weaves a plot of genuine intrigue.
This time around the focus is on Matthys Rossouw who remains relentlessly on the trail of Hiko. Overall it’s easy to read, yet highly immersive, as are all the best thrillers, and once again Le Grange brings us a host of cleverly imagined characters underpinned by an authenticity that eludes many of his contemporaries. With a visual quality to his writing, Elaine, in particular, stands out but when death throws an ever-looming shadow over events she is also the catalyst for a twist that sees an unexpected alliance formed. Add to this a narrative flow that’s natural and involving and all in all there’s more than enough here to sate the most voracious of Thriller Genre appetites.
A highly entertaining and riveting read from the start with a superbly crafted plot,
Butterfly Hill suggests a bright future for Le Grange and
is recommended without reservation.
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Brendan le Grange was born and educated in South Africa, though he now lives between Manila and Hong Kong with his beautiful wife and daughter.
As a business consultant, he has travelled to forty countries and lived in three. And it is reading binges to break up these transits - with the likes of Clive Cussler and Jack du Brul - that inspired the writer to emerge, bringing to life the cities, characters, and history he encountered.