Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The October Killings, by Wessel Ebersohn

This is a wild ride of a read.  Set in contemporary South Africa, the main protagonists are Abigail Bukulu, a rising star in the Department of Justice, and Yudel Gordon, prison psychiatrist.  They are racing against the clock to save Leon Lourens, who seems to have been kidnapped by the same person who has killed all of the members of a pro-apartheid cross-border raiding party on the anniversary of their last lethal raid.  Ebersohn provides a description of post-apartheid South Africa that is grim and perhaps despairing.  Abigail and Yudel are great characters, and the killer is one of the most chilling characters created.

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