I received this book as an uncorrected proof copy- I had not heard of the author, so was intrigued to find out more. I started reading, and was hooked! It`s set in South Africa, an area that Christopher Radmann knows well, as he hails from there- his knowledge, & unique insight into the area, its beauty, and also problems, is very apparent.
It`s the story of Paul van Niekerk, who is a contented man, his family means everything to him. Then, one day, whilst waiting at traffic lights, someone taps on his car window with the barrel of a handgun. He`s dragged out and his assailant drives off in his car. It`s an everyday car jacking in South Africa. Except his nine month old daughter is in the back seat. Paul descends into the heart of darkness of South Africa to find his child. he uncovers a criminal gang involved in people trafficing, and discovers in himself a capacity for violence.
Unusually, this book doesn`t focus on the efforts of the police to find his baby daughter, but the effect her loss has on him and his wife, both coping in different ways. I can`t say too much without spoiling the plot, but suffice to say that the descriptions of Soweto, for example, made me feel I was actually there. This is the first time novel from Christopher Radmann, and although very different to my usual read, has made a big impression on me- I loved it, and the story will stay with me for a long time- I can`t wait for book number 2!!