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Very readable but a little slow
on 20 August 2009
It would be fairly hard to review this book without giving away the plot, were it not for the fact that it is quite long and laid out in a conventional, linear fashion. Neither of these are bad things of course, but there are definate undertones to this book that use a lot of pages up. For example, it is described in great depth how a black police officers desk is situated in a far less salubrious part of the police station. Rather than going into great detail, a simple descriptive would have sufficed. The primary motive of this book is, of course, concerned with describing a murder, and whilst racial motivation plays a part, and is naturally a background to its setting being South Africa in the 1950's, there are parts when it seems to take over the proceedings.
The book has been described by some reviewers as a 'page turner', but surely this is the minimum requirement for any book greater than one page long! Worth reading, but I'm not sure if I would be attracted to this book had it not been given to me.