The October Killings

The October Killings

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Abigail Bukula was fifteen years old when her parents were killed in a massacre of antiapartheid activists by white apartheid security forces. Because a young soldier spoke up in her defense, she was spared. Now she's a lawyer with a promising career in the new government, and while she has done her best to put the tragedy behind her, she's never forgotten Leon Lourens, the soldier who saved her life. So when he walks into her office almost twenty years later, needing her help, she vows to do whatever she can. Someone is slowly killing off members of the team who raided the house where her parents were murdered, and now Leon and an imprisoned colonel are the only targets left.

Abigail turns to Yudel Gordon, an eccentric, nearly retired white prison psychologist for help. To save Leon's life they must untangle the web of politics, identity, and history before the anniversary of the raid--only days away.

The October Killings ,the first novel in decades from Wessel Ebersohn, not only brings to life the new South Africa in all of its color and complexity but also Abigail Bukula--the sharpest, most determined sleuth in international crime fiction.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2011, c2010.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed. --
ISBN: 9780312655952
Branch Call Number: FIC Ebers
Characteristics: 312 p.
Alternative Title: South African crime novel


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Jul 07, 2017

This is a solid mystery set within the politics, racial tensions, and lingering apartheid system of the still young democracy that is South Africa. Abigail Bukula is a lawyer in the Justice Department, just one of many directors, but still one of very the few black females. Twenty years ago she was witness to a raid and her parents murders, and now the man who saved her needs her help. He is certain that his life will end this year on October 22. Others involved in the raid have been killed in previous years on the same date, the date of the raid. Abigail is fearless and resourceful but needs the help of Yudel Gordon, a semi-retired eccentric prison psychologist, to sort out her emotions and help find the killer. These two characters are very different but still manage to work together well. She is action; he is analysis; and they both are instinctual. I liked this story.

JCLJanineM May 27, 2014

This is a gripping thriller set in modern South Africa with complex characters and plotting. Ebersohn Wessel has now joined Deon Meyer and Malla Nunn on my favorites list for southern African mystery/thriller authors.

debwalker Mar 19, 2011

"It’s been nearly 20 years since Wessel Ebersohn’s last mystery set in his native South Africa, more than 30 since he introduced the psychologist Yudel Gordon in A Lonely Place To Die. The October Killings brings Gordon back in a brilliant novel of memory, reconciliation and revenge. Ebersohn was always one of South Africa’s best, and this new book – the beginning of, I hope, a series – shows why."

Margaret Cannon, Globe & Mail, Marc 17, 2011

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