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The story is set in a country struggling to come to terms with change and challenged by the difficulty of good governance in the face of dire poverty juxtaposed with immense wealth. The hero finds himself challenged on a personal and professional level to be faithful to the truth and loyal to his calling even as his family disintegrates because of this.
His journey to find the truth takes him to places and people who contribute to both his search and his personal growth in a way that he never expects. What starts out as a simple story about an attempted murder, in a country where murder is the order of the day, becomes an intriguing journey; a journey that exposes the dark underbelly of a society that is bent on proving to itself and the world at large that the democracy won with the blood of innocent children is a reality. The outcome is as unexpected as it is thought provoking.
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Review by Christopher Ogle
Based in post apartheid South Africa, Lynda Rogle's novel is a flowing story of Jason Stanley's dilemma. Caught between pursuing his custodial obligation as an investigative journalist and risking his marriage or dropping a story to save his wife's family name. As Jason delves deeper into a story of a missing comedian he becomes embroiled in a massive expose', full of ruses, allies and unlikely foes. It is story that compounds with each chapter until you find yourself enveloped in the most current of issues. At the core of this light read is heavy universal truth.. that the young, poor and forgotten members of a society are often the most vulnerable to being the stock of the human sex-trade industry.
Where I feel the story is limiting is in its sterile presentation of the sex-trade industry. This somewhat sanitized picture of this ugly world is perhaps intended to attract a more moderate reader that does not have the stomach for the macabre of the evil vermin that exploit the weakest members in a society. Another limitation is that the narrative does not interrogate and analyse the psychology of the main character's dilemma sufficiently. A real positive for this first time author is her unfolding of the escalation of the novel which is impeccable. She underlines the lengths that traffickers are prepared to goes in order to protect their names, as she articulates the villains desperate endeavors as they approach end-game. Where the author really shows her maturity is in her ability to remain neutral much like Andre' Brink but thankfully without his sentimentality. The narrative has post-apartheid South Africa as a reference and not a feature. The feature of corruption is done without the melodrama of dwelling on its injustice. This makes the novel a story of a personal journey of a man who faced with a difficult choice.
The 'dilemma' just happens have post-apartheid South Africa as a backdrop and it happens to involve corruption. At its core this is a story of corruption in the highest offices of a government. But the real nugget of this book is not a message about corruption but it is a message that on the tip of Africa there is a press unlike any other in the world. The book perhaps shows that South Africa's true strength is that at the fulcrum of the country's society, between individuals that make up the public and those individuals in power is an independent and vigilant guild of journalists that are prepared to pay the ultimate price to expose injustice. In South Africa where corruption is systemic, although not all instances of high level corruption are always punished they are almost always guaranteed to be exposed. This is definitely a writer to have on your radar.