The Man Who Killed His Brother
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The Man Who Killed His Brother

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An alcoholic former private investigator; his missing niece; a police force unable to find her; and a horrifying race against time...Mick 'Brew' Axbrewder has plenty to think about. A once capable private investigator, he is now an alcoholic after having lost his license following the accidental shooting of a police officer - his own brother.When not drinking, Brew helps out Ginny Fistoulari, a tough, capable P.I. who he used to work with and with whom he's always shared a connection. But Brew and Ginny have an arrangement that she will never drag him out of a bar - so when she does just that, Brew knows it must be something serious. And it is. Brew's thirteen-year-old niece - his dead brother's daughter - has gone missing. The police are doing nothing and suspect she is a runaway. Until Brew's investigation uncovers a link with several other girls who all went missing, sent a letter home, then turned up dead, full of heroin. Desperately fighting the latest drinking binge and determined to stay off the bottle, Brew needs to find his niece before it is too late...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 132 x 199 x 20mm | 246g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1409135101
  • 9781409135104
  • 340,374

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"Authoritative." -Publishers Weekly on The Man Who Fought Alone "Fun...He ought to follow this up." -San Jose Mercury-News on The Man Who Fought Aloneshow more

About Stephen Donaldson

Stephen Donaldson lived in India for 13 years with his father, a medical missionary, who worked extensively with lepers; it was here that he conceived the character of Thomas Covenant. He was awarded the John W. Campbell Award as Best Writer of the Year for The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever, which, with the sequel trilogy, became instant bestsellers. He is also the author of the fantasy duology 'Mordant's Need', the SF epic quintet 'The Gap', and a number of mysteries written under the pseudonym Reed Stephens. He won the World Fantasy Award in 2000. The four books of The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant have been acclaimed worldwide.show more

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365 ratings
3.58 out of 5 stars
5 17% (62)
4 36% (133)
3 37% (135)
2 7% (27)
1 2% (8)

Our customer reviews

One pretty little pulp novel from a most unexpected source: a modern master of high fantasy. Few writers even try to face genres this different and Donaldson does so with a fair degree of success. The anti-hero, Mick Axbrewder, this time has an alcohol problem and a terrible shane in his past. People see some good in him nonetheless, but he doesn't and quite possibly just can't. He's not even that good a detective, his partner Ginny Fistoulari is and what little self-worth he still has is basically kept together by his occasional helping her in her cases as a PI. So when his sister in law hires them to find his missing niece, a sordid story if heroin addiction, prostitution and death begins, not without redemption in sight. What Donaldson excels at is characters. Axbrewder is a horrible failure, but like most noir/pulp heroes he has a solid moral core. His biggest strength is his intuition and understanding of people. All other figures are believable and multi-faceted, even the violent cop has surprises in store. Though the crime plot is not rock-solid, it's still quite good. This was a very enjoyable book and hopefully he start of a good series. There are three more if them and I, for one, am very interested in seeing what Donaldson will come up with for Axbrewder and the hopefully returning cast in the sequels.show more
by Adriano Antonini
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