Reconciliation for the Dead
by Paul Hardisty
Fresh from events in Yemen and Cyprus, vigilante justice-seeker Claymore Straker returns to South Africa, seeking absolution for the sins of his past. Over four days, he testifies to Desmond Tutu’s newly established Truth and Reconciliation Commission, recounting the shattering events that led to his dishonourable discharge and exile, fifteen years earlier.
It was 1980. The height of the Cold War. Clay is a young paratrooper in the South African Army, fighting in Angola against the Communist insurgency that threatens to topple the White Apartheid regime. On a patrol deep inside Angola, Clay, and his best friend, Eben Barstow, find themselves enmeshed in a tangled conspiracy that threatens everything they have been taught to believe about war, and the sacrifices that they, and their brothers in arms, are expected to make. Witness and unwitting accomplice to an act of shocking brutality, Clay changes allegiance and finds himself labelled a deserter and accused of high treason, setting him on a journey into the dark, twisted heart of institutionalised hatred, from which no one will emerge unscathed.
Exploring true events from one of the most hateful chapters in South African history, Reconciliation for the Dead is a shocking, explosive and gripping thriller from one finest writers in contemporary crime fiction.
‘The Straker novels are fast-paced, gripping and exciting (…) Hardisty’s writing and the underlying truth of his plots sets these stories above many other thrillers.’ THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
‘A solid, meaty thriller – Hardisty is a fine writer and Straker is a great lead character’ LEE CHILD
‘This brilliant and moving novel, which can be read as a standalone, should be compulsory A-level reading to give students an understanding of the harshness of the world they face.’ CRIME REVIEW