Bill East

Born in London in 1939, author Bill East’s earliest memories are of the Blitz, air-raid shelters, rationing and the absence of a father fighting in Europe and North Africa. Despite the war he had a happy childhood.

Unable to settle on a career path, Bill joined the Merchant Navy as a Radio Officer before marrying and migrating to Australia in 1968.  He worked in Industrial Sales before starting his own Company (now managed by his oldest son) and has been married (to the same Kiwi!) for 51 years.

Since ‘retirement’ Bill reads, kayaks, plays chess, plays the shakuhachi [Japanese flute, exercises at the gym and ‘tunes’ his French. Bronze casting is squeezed in too, yet somehow he finds to write, a long time passion further developed since ‘retirement’. 

 

The Arbutus by Bill East

A woman makes contact with a former lover, the owner of a beautiful private estate on the outskirts of Sydney. He was abandoned by her for another man six years earlier.  She appears to have been welcomed back and the affair recommences.  

In her absence her lover has developed macabre ideas regarding the physical manifestation of human love.  He weaves a complex story for her, disclosing details of several murders he has committed to test his beliefs.

The woman soon discovers his resentment towards her earlier ‘disloyalty’, and his desire for revenge becomes frighteningly apparent. Mental cruelty morphs into physical abuse. She must fight back in order to free herself.   

She realises she has developed intriguing and disturbing character traits, which result in the death of her lover, and a surprising emotional climax.

Her desire to take control of the estate motivates her to dispose of the body and embark on an elaborate cover-up.

Clues, seemingly left by her murdered lover in anticipation of his own demise, may enable control of his estate, if only they can be unravelled.  Her efforts lead to the discovery of a will, and further surprises.

Things go well until the arrival of a serious threat to her security.  Another murder must be committed.  The murder is successful. The cover-up, this time, is not.

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ISBN: 9780995572911‘

The Arbutus’ was published on 20th. February 2017, and may be purchased through these links: -

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Recent reviews of 'The Arbutus

 

Maddie Trinco by Bill East

The sequel to ‘The Arbutus’ is called ‘Maddie Trinco’, and like its ‘prequel’ it sits comfortably in the ‘Mystery/Thriller’ genre.

It’s really a melange of four stories….

Maddie’s release from prison and her teaming up with a very rich property developer to whom she has been forced to sell her inherited estate, a group of middle aged men who are convinced that their friend [currently overseas] will return to Australia and kill the man he believes responsible for his daughter’s death, the pressures and threats experienced by one of the group [an ex IRA member turned informer] and the ultimate return of the man whose daughter was killed.

Maddie’s character supplies the theme of ‘justice outside the law’ and the reader, like the protagonists, is finally confronted with doubts about the morality of Maddie’s actions.

ISBN: 9781999912949

Maddie Trinco’ was published  10th January 2018 and may be purchased from: -

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Great reviews of this book. 

 

Maddie and the King of Paradise by Bill East

Maddie and the King of Paradise’ is the sequel to ‘Maddie Trinco’ and is the final book in the trilogy which began with ‘The Arbutus’.

In this ‘episode’, Maddie finally attains her aimed-for status of 'assassin par excellence'. Her targets cease being simply ‘bad' people but rather significant figures in National and International society whose immoral intentions have been detrimental to society at large.
Maddie’s first target is a less than ethical Queensland mining magnate and her efforts appear successful until the arrival of the unlikely investigative team of Proud and Bramley who uncover the crime and seek compensation for their silence. Maddie and her partner Caspar Hopfner pay off the blackmailing duo and proceed to the more important, and original, ambition of eliminating an African dictator.

The assassination seems to have been achieved albeit with frightening and significant results.

ISBN: 9781916500136

'Maddie  and the King of Paradise' was published on 15th November 2018 and is available from: -

Australia

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United Kingdom

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