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Published by Head of Zeus, 20 November
2014. ISBN: 978-1-7840-8165-2
I've just reluctantly come to the end of this
magnificently-written novel. It is one of those few books which come my
way that in order not to finish too soon, I have to read in short bursts so as
to savour the gloriously lyrical writing. It is set in Lubanda, one of
those sad African countries where a series of maniacal psychopathic despots
have held sway for long enough to bring a rich and fruitful land to
The nature of its dominant character, the courageously
stubborn Martine, is beautifully realized. Although she is a white woman
farmer, she insists that she is a Lubandan despite the efforts of those around
her to deny this, and refuses to be driven from her farm. Cook's ability
to convey doom and menace in the midst of a lush and beautifully-realised
African country is outstanding, as is his lyrical, elegiac style. The story is
related by a New Yorker who has been in love with Martine for years, and tells
of his desperate efforts tpersuade her to leave Lubanda before it is too
This is a frightening novel, and Cook
manages to maintain the tension almost to the very last page. I cannot
praise this piece of crime fiction highly enough. Absolutely brilliant
and not to be missed.
Thomas H Cookis the author of eighteen books,
including two works of true crime. His novels have been nominated for the Edgar
Allan Poe Award, the Macavity Award and the Dashiell Hammett Prize. The Chatham School Affair won the
Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel in 1996. His true crime book, Blood Echoes, was nominated for the
Edgar Allan Poe Award in 1992, and his story "Fatherhood" won the
Herodotus Prize in 1998 and was included in Best Mystery Stories of 1998. His
works have been translated into fifteen languages.
Susan Moodywas born and brought up in Oxford. She has published over 30 crime
and suspense novels, including the Penny Wanawake series and the Cassandra
Swann bridge series. She is a past Chairman of the British Crime Writers'
Association, a member of the Detection Club, a past Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tasmania and a past President of the
International Association of Crime Writers. She divides her time between
south-west France and
Nominated for the CWA short story award. Nominated for the RNA's