MD Villiers was born in Johannesburg and studied psychology at the University of Pretoria. Her passion for the country she grew up in provides her with a backdrop for her fiction in which she explores life in a country always on the brink of change.She was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger for unpublished writers in 2007 and is now based in London, but often visits South Africa, where her family still lives. City of Blood is her debut novel.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger 2013. Siphiwe is a nineteen-year old South African orphan dreaming of a better life and haunted by the memories of the brutal murder of his elder brother. A street stabbing draws him into a savage street war as a a notorious crime lord has returned to Johannesburg from Nigeria and violence explodes. Set against a bleak background drawn from today's headlines, this is a fast-moving, vivid and thought-provoking thriller as well as a moving story of coming of age, revenge and redemption.
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger. Siphiwe, a nineteen-year-old orphan, is haunted by memories of the senseless death of his elder brother. When a woman selling mangoes is stabbed on the street in front of him, Siphiwe rushes to her aid, desperate to stop history repeating itself, but in doing so unwittingly crosses the paths of two very dangerous men set on revenge and betrayal. As the violence on the streets intensifies, and the danger to those he loves most increases, Siphiwe soon has no choice but to seek help amongst criminals and police alike.