RICHARD LE NORMAND IS THE AUTHOR OF FOUR INTERNATIONAL THRILLERS THAT RANGE FROM INTRIGUE IN NAZI-OCCUPIED EUROPE DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR TO INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL MASTERMINDS IN MODERN DAY AUSTRALIA. ALL HIS BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE IN DIGITAL EDITIONS, AND THE FIRST TWO NOVELS HE PUBLISHED ARE ALSO AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK ON AMAZON.
Operation Black Swan
In 1942 a Japanese invasion of Australia was thought to be imminent; panic decisions were made to conceal arms and some gold bullion, ready for the use of an underground resistance force. An army officer and his sergeant were dispatched to establish a hidden cache at the Myall Lakes but were both killed before they were able to report its hidden position. Many years later, the cache was discovered by an international crook while on holiday. He decided to use an old wartime submarine to remove the gold and a British army officer is sent to aid the local police to foil the criminal’s plans.
A Killer at Large
In 1943 a sixteen year old boy is beaten and raped by guards in occupied Jersey. Officer arrives, kills guards arrests boy who is sent to Paris for exercution. Boy escapes, joins the resistance movement in occupied France, is recruited into British Secret service, operates from a barge rescuing Allied airmen and helping to fly them to England. From his barge he is able to do considerable damage to bridges and to harass the German forces. A plan is made ready to persuade War Crimminals with their stolen gold, to take a journey to freedom in South America. However on the way they will be quietly exercuted and their gold recovered. This is the subject of part two 'Escape to Death' of the trilogy 'Once Upon a Bridge'. Part three is 'Play the Last Card'.
Escape to Death
In 1947 Marcel,Peter and Gerda, working for a special branch of the secret service,run an escape route from Germany,through France to their castle in Portugal.The clients, war criminals;each one carries gold stolen from their concentration camp victims. Karl, a protege of Adolph Hitler,hopes to revive the Nazi party and become fuhrer of Germany, returns from Brazil to find out what has happened to his colleagues and the gold. Marcel,Gerda and Helga, having survived the motor accident that killed all of the last batch of clients arrives to find total carnage at the castle. So begins a cat and mouse game in which Karl tries to kidnap the girls and recover the gold. Mick, an Australian survivor of the Spanish civil war, becomes involved with his ketch and a classic battle between good and evil is played out on land, sea and air.
Play the Last Card
Marcel's extrication from the killing business is long overdue. However Lolita, the widow of an arch enemy, Karl Shmidt, threatens to expose details of their past operations. The widow Lolita is unsucessful in blackmailing Marcel, having died tragically before Marcel was able to eliminate her.
Marcel discovers that he has a son, Peter, from a former lover. Travelling in a light aircraft, when Gerda, Peter's mother reveals the truth, Marcel, angry, loses control of the aircraft. Gerda dies when the aircraft hits power lines.
Much later, working with an Israeli woman to eliminate a paedophile ring and the Israeli girl dies. Marcel finally gets married and retires to Australia
Much later, Marcel is asked to go to Portugal to help an old friend find his kidnapped children.
In an abandoned house near the bridge in Porto, an old manstands with explosives strapped to his body. Is he to spread the word of God and gain eternal life?...
Once Upon a Bridge
Three follow on stories start when Marcel in 1943 aged sixteen, is first raped then arrested. In France he escapes and joins an allied resistance force blowing up bridges. Post-war he becomes an undercover professional killer, ridding the world of many evil criminals. He finally rescues his friend’s two kidnapped children in Portugal in 2003 ending a long running pursuit of his arch enemy’s son.