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by Orenda Books, 31 August 2018. ISBN: 978-1912374-26-0 (PB)
With this absorbing
thriller the writing duo Michael Stanley digs deep into the corrupt, dangerous
and seedy world of illegal rhino-horn smuggling and trafficking.Most of the action unfolds in South Africa
punctuated by a brief foray to Vietnam and Switzerland.
Crystal (Crys) Nguyen, a freelance journalist of
Vietnamese descent from Minnesota arrives in the bush on an intrepid fact-gathering
assignment commissioned by National Geographic
that includes an urgent quest for her friend Michael who has dropped off the
radar whilst investigating rhino poaching gangs.
bases herself at a family run two thousand hectares nature reserve and rhino
conservation centre located west of Kruger National Park. Through her eyes, the
reader experiences the stunning and magical wildlife, unique birds, colourful
flora and vegetation and the brilliant African night sky.But Crys is not there to savour the
atmosphere, however beguiling, but to get a story and for that she must do some
sly poking around. Her opportunity comes quicker than she imagined when the
reserve’s team leader succumbs to malaria and she reluctantly finds herself
pitched into hosting the guests.
things begin to happen. The second in command excuses himself on a pretext and
disappears, ostensibly, to attend a traditional burial; there’s a plane crash
at dead of night; the second in command suddenly re-appears mumbling about an
injured elephant and persuades Crys to accompany him to the crash site where
they discover one person dead, but not as a result of the crash, an apparently
bleeding survivor who has legged it into the bush and something else of great
is a warrior woman, feisty and independent minded and her interaction with Colonel
Mabula, the no- nonsense and shrewd Chief Superintendent at Giyani Police
Station makes for some robust scenes. He is well drawn and the reader can
visualize him very clearly and both he and Crys provide depth and interest to
the unusual, well-plotted story.The
author puts Crys through some rough and testing times but she’s not just a
pretty face but also a biathlon champion and this stands her in good stead.
is a multi-layered, well-researched novel, thought provoking with lots of spins,
although sad in some ways as conservationists battle, often unsuccessfully,
against greedy, cruel people to prevent the extinction of an endangered species.
It’s an enthralling immersive read that won’t disappoint.
Michael Stanley is the writing name of Michael Sears and Stanley
Trollip. Both natives of Africa, they have travelled regularly together to Botswana and Zimbabwe over the past twenty years
to experience the country with its wide diversity and interesting peoples.
Their books reflect the authentic Africa of the 21st century: not merely the
politically unstable, desperately poor Africa
of the nightly news, but also the emotional conflicts of people with one foot
in traditional culture and the other in Western-instigated globalism. The new Africa is not the safari jungle, but a collection of
diverse groups and nations struggling to find their way in a rapidly changing
context. It was at the lion research center in the Savuti, an ancient dried-up
lake in Botswana's Chobe National
Park, that they realized how to conceal a perfect
murder. They watched a hyenas team up to drive lions off their fresh kills,
then devour everything in sight, bones and all. By the next morning, no
evidence remained of the carcass. Botswana offered the ideal setting
for such a literary revelation. This was the kernel of the idea that led to our
first book, A Carrion Death
Serena Fairfaxspent her
childhood in India, qualified as a lawyer in England and practised in London
for many years. She began writing by contributing feature articles to legal
periodicalsthen turned her hand to
fiction. Having published nine novels all, bar one, hardwired with a romantic
theme, she has also written short stories and accounts of her explorations off
the beaten track that feature on her blog. A tenth, distinctly unromantic,
novel is a work in progress. Thrillers, crime and mystery narratives,
collecting old masks and singing are a few of her favourite things.