It is not unusual for a character in a mystery story to have a violent past. In Gillain Slovo's post-apartheid Africa, everyone is tainted by the country's terrible history, including the main character, Sarah Barcant, a prosecuting attorney who has chosen to live in New York, far away from the small, troubled town where she grew up. When Sarah's mentor calls her back to South Africa to work on a case for the Truth Commission, she confronts a world where the rules may have changed, but the game is still about choosing sides and sticking to them.
The reader will never doubt that activist Steve Sizela was beaten to death by the police. But how will Sarah get the defendants to acknowledge th