Monday, January 23, 2012

Pierce’s Picks: “Those Who Love Night”

A weekly alert for followers of crime, mystery, and thriller fiction.

Those Who Love Night, by Wessel Ebersohn (Minotaur):
Author James McClure’s 1970s lead in producing South Africa-based crime fiction has more recently been followed by such writers as Deon Meyer (Thirteen Hours), Jassy Mackenzie (Stolen Lives), Michael Stanley (Death of the Mantis), Roger Smith (Wake Up Dead), and Wessel Ebersohn. The October Killings (2010) introduced Ebersohn’s latest protagonist, Abigail Bukula, a young attorney with the South African Justice Department. Now he follows that up with Those Who Love Night. This tale finds Abby trying to rescue a previously unknown cousin (who’s vanished into one of Zimbabwe’s nastiest prisons), while she seeks to discover what led to her aunt’s terrible demise. Help from an intelligence agency chieftain might ultimately prove detrimental to her cause, but Abby at least has veteran prison psychologist Yudel Gordon (the star of an earlier Ebersohn series) working her corner.

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