A powerful, taut and intense tale of a friendship overshadowed by betrayal, set against the tawdry hopes and disappointments of a post-apartheid South Africa.
When Laurence Waters arrives at his new post at a deserted rural hospital, staff physician Frank Eloff is instantly suspicious.
Laurence is everything Frank is not-young, optimistic, and full of big ideas.
The whole town is beset with new arrivals and the return of old faces.
Frank reestablishes a liaison with a woman, one that will have unexpected consequences.
A self-made dictator from apartheid days is rumored to be active in cross-border smuggling, and a group of soldiers has moved in to track him, led by a man from Frank's own dark past.
Laurence sees only possibilities-but in a world where the past is demanding restitution from the present, his ill-starred idealism cannot last.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 01/04/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780857891723