The Burning Hill

Robbed and shot on Copacabana Beach, a young British soldier sets out to save the favela kid who nearly killed him

The bullet in Jake’s head should have killed him but, miraculously, it saves him from a previously undetected brain aneurysm. Jake doesn’t believe in fate, nor does he feel he owes anything to anybody, but he does hate injustice, and the favela kid that fired the bullet is a victim of injustice. Named Vilson, the teenage kid is in a corner with corrupt cops and a sadistic drug-lord after his blood.

If Jake can just save Vilson, maybe he can finally purge some of his own demons. 

The Burning Hill is about the power of belief and one man’s compulsion to get justice at any cost.

About the author

A.D. Flint lives on the south coast of England with his Brazilian wife, two boys and an excitable dog. His next novel is about a cult, set in Guyana, where he previously worked in the sugar industry.

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Why We Like It

  • A powerful insight into life at the bottom of the heap, and a society inured to everyday violence
  • Fear stalks every narrow alleyway in this superstitious favela
  • A fast-paced and gripping debut centered on the poignant theme of justice

A.D. Flint

The idea for the story came from a robbery the author saw when he lived in Brazil that had a link with the massacre of street children outside a Rio church years earlier. What played out in the aftermath of the robbery on live TV news was an embodiment of the desperation of life at the bottom of the heap, and shocked a society inured to everyday violence.

The story also explores how the fusion of religions like Candomblé and Umbanda with Catholicism can create powerful beliefs.

The author now lives on the south coast of England with his Brazilian wife, two boys and an excitable dog. His next novel is about a cult, set in Guyana, where he previously worked in the sugar industry.

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