Dust Devils Paperback
by Roger Smith
On the run after being framed for murdering his family, South African journalist Robert Dell's only ally is his oldest enemy: his father.
Bobby Goodbread, an ex-CIA hitman just sprung from prison for atrocities he committed whilst in the employ of the apartheid regime, joins his son on a bloody cross-country road trip, bringing his killing skills and his hunger for redemption.
From picture-postcard Cape Town to a Zulu tribal valley where AIDS, savage feuds and poverty have left the population as gutted as the parched red earth, father and son hunt down assassin Dog Mazibuko, uncovering a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of the South African State.
They cross paths with another man on a desperate mission: ex-investigator Disaster Zondi, returning to the place he fled as a youth to rescue a teenage girl - who may or may not be his daughter - sold into marriage to Mazibuko.
These men are thrown together in a spiral of violence and retribution in a country where corruption and anarchy have replaced brutal tyranny and human life has never been cheaper.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 08/09/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781846687952
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Review by TTAISI-Editor
This is definitely a compelling, action-oriented read; a fair number of explosions, lots of shooting, and some racial melodrama to go with it all. In the end, the nihilistic ending was also probably the only solution; no real redemption is possible. That said, some of the characters felt more like caricatures, even recognizing the seemingly legitimate takedown of South African president Jacob Zuma for what it is.