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October Killingsby Wessel Ebersohn
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Abigail Bukula was fifteen years old when her parents were killed in a massacre of antiapartheid activists by white apartheid security forces. Because a young soldier spoke up in her defense, she was spared. Now shes a lawyer with a promising career in the new government, and while she has done her best to put the tragedy behind her, shes never forgotten Leon Lourens, the soldier who saved her life. So when he walks into her office almost twenty years later, needing her help, she vows to do whatever she can. Someone is slowly killing off members of the team who raided the house where her parents were murdered, and now Leon and an imprisoned colonel are the only targets left.
Abigail turns to Yudel Gordon, an eccentric, nearly retired white prison psychologist for help. To save Leons life they must untangle the web of politics, identity, and history before the anniversary of the raid—only days away.
The October Killings, the first novel in decades from Wessel Ebersohn, not only brings to life the new South Africa in all of its color and complexity but also Abigail Bukula—the sharpest, most determined sleuth in international crime fiction.
"South African author Ebersohn kicks off a promising new series pairing psychologist Yudel Gordon, last seen in 1992's Closed Circle, with Abigail Bukula, chief director of South Africa's justice department, who can more than hold her own with the brilliantly eccentric Gordon. As a 15-year-old girl, Bukula survived a raid on an African National Congress house in Lesotho on October 21, 1985, thanks to the intervention of a white soldier, Leon Lourens. In 2005, Lourens seeks Bukula's help after learning that almost all his colleagues on the raid have been murdered on the exact anniversary of the assault. To catch the killer, Bukula hooks up with Gordon, who lost his government position with apartheid's end, to get access to the imprisoned commander of the attack, Marinus van Jaarsveld. The complexities of South Africa a decade after the end of white rule help fuel a compelling plot that builds to several dramatic climaxes. (Jan.) When the body of a young man is found floating off the Icelandic village of HvalÃk, no-nonsense cop Gunnhildur 'Gunna' GÃsladÃ³ttir, the star of British journalist Bates's crackling fiction debut, assumes it's an accidental drowning. But when Gunna and her team discover that the victim worked for a ReykjavÃk PR firm with ties to a contentious local aluminum smelter project despised by the environmental group Clean Iceland, they realize that homicide, rare as it is in the island nation, is more likely. Thrown into the mix is a mysterious and incendiary blogger known as Skandalblogger with the inside scoop on all things economic and political in Iceland, not to mention societal gossip, and a young crime reporter shadowing Gunna for a story. By setting the action in the months leading up to the 2008 banking collapse, Bates, who lived in Iceland for a decade, imbues this series first with a palpable authenticity. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Only 15 when her parents were killed in a massacre of anti-apartheid activists by white security forces, Abigail Bukula was spared by soldier Leon Lourens. Twenty years later, Lourens comes to Abigail, now a lawyer, for help. Someone is killing off members of the team who killed her parents.
Abigail Bukula was fifteen when her parents were killed in a massacre of antiapartheid activists by white security forces. Because a soldier spoke in her defense, she was spared. Now shes a lawyer with the new government, and while she has tried to put the tragedy behind her, she has never forgotten that soldier. So when Leon Lourens walks into her office almost twenty years later with a story of how someone is killing off members of the team who murdered her parents, she turns to Yudel Gordon, an eccentric white prison psychologist, for help. To save Leons life they must untangle the web of politics, identity, and history before the anniversary of the raid—only days away.
The October Killings brings to life the new South Africa, and also Abigail Bukula—the most determined sleuth in international crime fiction.
About the Author
Wessel Ebersohn is an internationally published author who was born and lives in South Africa. The October Killings—the first in a new series—marks his stunning return to crime fiction.
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