South African crime fiction is definitely on the up. Following the breakthrough of Deon Meyer, Lauren Beukes and Margie Orford, it's about time the superlative talent of Mike Nicol should also be recognised. His 'Revenge' trilogy, which I reviewed for The Guardian, was outstanding and this opening volume of a new series notches up the suspense several degrees higher. Set in Cape Town, it sees PI Fish Pescado, a sleuth with a six pack and attitude to boot and lawyer and gambling addict Vicki Kahn teaming up and involved with the savage world of local politics and police corruption. Explosive, topical and corruscating, this lifts the lid off the other side of the African dream.
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