The October Killings

Abigail Bukula Mysteries (Volume 1)

Wessel Ebersohn

Minotaur Books

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Abigail Bukula was fifteen years old when her parents were killed in a massacre of antiapartheid activists by white apartheid security forces. Because a young soldier spoke up in her defense, she was spared. Now she’s a lawyer with a promising career in the new government, and while she has done her best to put the tragedy behind her, she’s never forgotten Leon Lourens, the soldier who saved her life. So when he walks into her office almost twenty years later, needing her help, she vows to do whatever she can.  Someone is slowly killing off members of the team who raided the house where her parents were murdered, and now Leon and an imprisoned colonel are the only targets left.

Abigail turns to Yudel Gordon, an eccentric, nearly retired white prison psychologist for help. To save Leon’s life they must untangle the web of politics, identity, and history before the anniversary of the raid—only days away.

The October Killings, the first novel in decades from Wessel Ebersohn, not only brings to life the new South Africa in all of its color and complexity but also Abigail Bukula—the sharpest, most determined sleuth in international crime fiction.

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October 21, 1985
 
The convoy stayed in the shadow of the hillside until after darkness had fallen. By the time the ten armored personnel carriers started moving, the trees on the far side of the valley had long since faded into poorly defined shadows.
The route they were to travel had been carefully planned to raise as little interest as possible. Much of the way would be on dirt roads. They would pass through no towns and were likely to be seen only by the sort of rural people who would watch them with no more than the vaguest interest.

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Store up the Anger brings South African literature to its boldest point.”

- Chicago Tribune on Store Up the Anger

 

Divide the Night is a powerful book and a well-written one that just happens to fall within the genre of the police procedural.”

- New York Times Book Review on Divide the Night

 

“This is one of those rare books that can be read on two levels, either as a gripping suspense story set against an exotic background or as a powerful indictment of a repressive, fear-ridden society.”

- San Diego Books on Divide the Night

 

“There are strong overtones of Faulkner and American southern gothic as Ebersohn, brilliantly evoking South African plantation society, lays bare a family’s secret of incest, rape and haunting guilt.”

- Washington Post on A Lonely Place to Die

 

“Solid detective work, a unique lead character, and colorful, threatening backgrounds combine to make this a superior mystery.”

- Publishers Weekly on A Lonely Place to Die


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Wessel Ebersohn

Wessel Ebersohn is an internationally published author, who was born in Cape Town, South Africa. The October Killings—the first in a new series—marks his stunning return to crime fiction.

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The October Killings
Wessel Ebersohn

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
January 2011
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ISBN: 9781429990103
ISBN10: 1429990104
336 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
December 2011
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ISBN: 9780312552732
ISBN10: 0312552734
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
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