This is a solid mystery set within the politics, racial tensions, and lingering apartheid system of the still young democracy that is South Africa. Abigail Bukula is a lawyer in the Justice Department, just one of many directors, but still one of very the few black females. Twenty years ago she was witness to a raid and her parents murders, and now the man who saved her needs her help. He is certain that his life will end this year on October 22. Others involved in the raid have been killed in previous years on the same date, the date of the raid. Abigail is fearless and resourceful but needs the help of Yudel Gordon, a semi-retired eccentric prison psychologist, to sort out her emotions and help find the killer. These two characters are very different but still manage to work together well. She is action; he is analysis; and they both are instinctual. I liked this story.
This is a gripping thriller set in modern South Africa with complex characters and plotting. Ebersohn Wessel has now joined Deon Meyer and Malla Nunn on my favorites list for southern African mystery/thriller authors.
"It’s been nearly 20 years since Wessel Ebersohn’s last mystery set in his native South Africa, more than 30 since he introduced the psychologist Yudel Gordon in A Lonely Place To Die. The October Killings brings Gordon back in a brilliant novel of memory, reconciliation and revenge. Ebersohn was always one of South Africa’s best, and this new book – the beginning of, I hope, a series – shows why."
Margaret Cannon, Globe & Mail, Marc 17, 2011
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