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The October Killings (Anglais) Relié – 18 janvier 2011
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In 2005, Lourens proves to Bukula that most of those who were with him on the attack have been murdered over the years on the anniversary of the raid. Bukola knows to end the serial killer's murdering spree she will need expert help. She turns to brilliant former prison psychologist Dr. Yudel Gordon for help as he has access to the imprisoned commander of the assault Marinus van Jaarsveld. Although he lost his job when Apartheid ended, Dr. Gordon agrees to assist Bukula.
The whodunit is excellent and will please readers but is more a tool to enable the audience to observe the radical changes and problems to overcome in South Africa not long after the Apartheid wall came crumbling down. Profound, fans will relish this terrific timely thriller (recent movie Invictus) as the return of Gordon after a three decade hiatus will send new fans seeking his 1980 cases (see Closed Circle, A Lonely Place to Die and Divide the Night).
It's a good story, with very, very interesting characters. It started a little slowly, but in a way it reminded me of watching a foreign film so it just seemed to make sense as it meandered. The first half of the book lets you get to know the main characters well so that the second half, when it really picks up steam, you can enjoy the ride and know who's aboard with you. The book isn't long--so when I say first half I'm only talking about 125 pages or so, so when considering whether or not to read this, don't take that into consideration.
I'm not going to give away much here, the synopsis of the book says plenty. What I found compelling about the book was more what it showed, and what it made me want to learn. First of all, I find myself wishing I knew more about South Africa. I'm ashamed of how little I really do know. I remember when Nelson Mandela was freed, and I remember his election. Watching Invictus showed me how important he considered forgiveness in order for his country to move forward. That probably sums up practically everything I know. Wow, did this book not only open my eyes, but make me respect the people of South Africa for what they've gone through. The power of forgiveness, sure, but how to understand and find places for people in society when they worked for the 'bad' side but are essentially good and decent people, or worked for the 'good' side but are essentially sick psychopaths, how to show respect and not be fake, how to bring everyone up together, what a Gordian knot they face.
Think for a minute about the difficulties our country still faces in race relations--and our civil war was 150 years ago and the civil rights act was 50 years ago. We still deal with it, every day. For South Africans, apartheid was abolished 16 years ago. Think how raw things must still be for all of them.
I look forward to reading more of Abigail and Yudel; I hope Mr. Ebersohn doesn't wait long for the next installation.
When a frightened white man, Leon Lourens, comes to see her in fear for his life and tells her that members of the apartheid-government security squad present that night are being ritually executed one by one on the anniversary of the raid, Bakula needs no reminding as to who Lourens is.
He's the man who saved her life, standing up to his captain, Marinus van Jaarsveld, who is currently spending his days in maximum security at Pretoria Central Prison, having rejected the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and sworn to uphold his apartheid principles.
Feeling a chill to her deepest core, Bakula determines to save Lourens. But that's not the whole story and Bakula won't share the rest of it, not even with her husband.
Bakula teams up with a brilliant, eccentric veteran prison psychologist, Yudel Gordon (featured in a previous Ebersohn series set in the 1980s), to track down the killer in time to save Lourens. As time grows short the pace speeds up, but even more than action, the interest lies in the contrast between South Africa then and now - in some ways not so different, in others completely changed.
This is a character-driven narrative and Bakula is an interesting heroine in part because of her elite background. She spent most of her youth in private schools outside of South Africa, and is as frightened of township gangs as any middle-class white lady would be. But she is also brave and loyal and stubborn and willing to push against the barriers of her fears.
Cape Town writer Ebersohn has captured the strange, tortured, violent, backward-harking and forward-thinking place that is South Africa and readers will hope that Gordon and Bakula return soon.