The bestselling author of Hold My Hand, I’m Dying and Roots of Outrage returns to his most popular subject – South Africa – for his fourteenth novel of high adventure and political intrigue.
Born in Rhodesia and educated in South Africa, John Gordon Davis first became known as a writer of action-packed novels of adventure, romance and political insight set in vividly evoked exotic locations with his bestselling Hold My Hand, I’m Dying.
Since then he has written thirteen more international bestsellers, including Roots of Outrage, his acclaimed epic chronicling the last forty years of South African history, and, most recently, The Year of Dangerous Loving, a courtroom thriller set in Hong Kong.
Now, he has returned once more to the country he knows best for his highly topical new thriller, which centres on South Africa’s momentous Truth and Reconciliation Commission – at which amnesty was offered to those who confessed to crimes committed during the Apartheid era.
At its centre is Major Jack Harker, a former undercover operative for South African military intelligence, who since the end of Apartheid has started a new life in New York with writer Josephine Valentine. But his world is suddenly thrown into disarray by the announcement of the Commission and the questions it forces him to face.
Should he seek amnesty by confessing to crimes committed in the service of his country? If not, would others betray him? And would Josephine ever forgive him if she discovered the truth about his past?
But then again, would he even be given the choice? His confession would implicate a lot of powerful people, and it soon becomes clear that they will go to any lengths to ensure he will never be able to testify.
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‘IN THE TOP ECHELON OF INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLERS’
‘Timing has always been one of John Gordon Davis’s strong points. He has a knack, the sort Graham Greene had in abundance, of homing in on world developments and using them as background… His enduring popularity [lies in his] racy prose, and fast-moving plots in which high adventure, romance and political intrigue are the chief elements’
Acclaimed novelist and former lawyer John Gordon Davis returns to the area he knows so well, in an exhilarating tale of international intrigue and courtroom drama – as the sins of the past come home to roost in the New South Africa.
When their paths first crossed on a battlefield in 1985 Josephine Valentine was a renowned American war correspondent and anti-Apartheid activist, Jack Harker was an officer in the South African Army fighting the Cubans in Angola. When they met again several years later Josephine did not recognise Jack in his new role as an up-and-coming New York publisher. Nor did she know that this job was a front for his undercover work for Military Intelligence in South Africa’s on-going war against Communism.
The country he fought for was changing fast, however, and by the time the historic 1994 elections brought in the New South Africa, Jack had ended his military service and was enjoying life in America with Josephine – until his world was thrown into disarray by the creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which offered amnesty to those who confessed to crimes committed in the Apartheid era, while promising to prosecute those who did not.
Should Jack claim amnesty by confessing the truth about his past? If he did not, would others betray him? Would he even be allowed to give his side of the story? There were a lot of powerful people who would do anything to stop him. And what would happen to his new career if he confessed? Worst of all, would Josephine ever forgive him?
As the countdown to the amnesty deadline ticked away Jack decided to disappear, persuading Josephine that they should go sailing around the world. A month later, Josephine was missing and Jack was in a Florida courtroom standing trial for what they were calling the perfect murder …
PRAISE FOR JOHN GORDON DAVIS
“Put this on your must-read list – a satisfying blend of history, politics, romance and adventure. The author’s feel for Africa and its people is given full rein in a sweeping saga. Immaculately researched, powerful and credible.”
SUNDAY TIMES on 'Roots of Outrage'
“Timing has always been one of John Gordon Davis’s strong points. He has a knack, the sort Graham Greene had in abundance, of homing in one world developments and using them as background … His enduring popularity [lies in his] racy prose and fast-moving plots in which high adventure, romance and political intrigue are the chief elements.”
THE STAR on 'The Year of Dangerous Loving'
“This book doesn’t preach, it tells it how it is … I beg you to read it, it’s first class.”
TED ALLBEURY on 'The Land God Made in Anger'
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