A housewife running from years of domestic abuse. A bodyguard hired to escort a smuggled rhinoceros. A group of Islamic terrorists based in a quiet residential street. A secret government agency threatened with amalgamation within a bigger department. A retired policeman trying to get used to his new career in the private sector. Each of these strands of a brilliant narrative is populated with superbly-drawn characters, and woven into a stunningly exciting drama by the undisputed king of South African suspense fiction. Not only a heart-pounding thriller, but also a love story and a fabulous kaleidoscopic picture of South African society, this is the finest novel yet from an author whose reputation is growing all around the world.
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great book compromised by inconsistent narration
yes, this is a complex story with great characters that I hope can be developed in further books
the plot is not as immediately compelling as some of his other books but it is nevertheless very rewarding.
Saul Reichlin is as accomplished as ever. He makes his characters absolutely believable. He reads with intelligent understanding of the writer's intentions. He should have done all the narration. He alone does the South African accents convincingly. The other two narrators spoil the production.
- C van den Berg