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When an old college friend pays Alex Calder an unexpected visit, he is drawn once more into the City's shady underbelly. For Kim is married to Todd, son of South African newspaper tycoon Cornelius van Zyl. Todd wants Alex's help to investigate the mystery of his mother's murder 18 years previously. It was assumed Martha was shot by guerrillas, but the recent discovery of a letter sent shortly before her death now suggests a crime far closer to home. When an attempt on his life puts Todd in a coma, Alex vows to uncover the truth. Then a sudden blast shatters his world.
©2006 Michael Ridpath; (P)2006 Isis Publishing Ltd
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"His thrillers are remarkable for having their finger on the pulse." (Mail on Sunday)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Liz on 04-28-14

Excellent narration, disappointing story

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Sean Barrett as always is an outstanding narrator. Despite the obviously well-researched South African background, I found the writing to be cliche-ridden and the characters two-dimensional.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nick on 04-18-11


This book has a cast of British, American and South African characters, all faithfully depicted with their national traits and very believable. They get caught up in dirty South African political shenanigans from various aspects. The novel does not judge any side in the struggles of that country but reflects its complexities and contradictions very well in as far as a thriller can.

These political machinations find narrative parallel in both the twisting personal lives of the book's characters and the financial posturing of the business storyline. I liked these juxtapositions very much and again, the author leaves us to judge the morality for ourselves.

The ending was a little weaker than I had hoped, feeling somewhat rushed and sketchy. It also ties things up in a way that life never really does which seemed at odds with the approach in the rest of the story. But don?t let these comments put you off ? that?s just my impression.

With a narrator such as Sean Barrat, a book like this comes alive. He never fails to do his homework and he pronounces the South African names perfectly and gives them just the right accent when those characters speak.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

out of 5 stars
By Basil on 02-10-11


Outstanding throughout.Excellent plot.A very good listen

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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