Durban bad guys pursue the reluctant investigator

2010-03-24 00:00

BOOK REVIEW

Blood at Bay

Sue Rabie

Human& Rousseau

THIS is the second thriller by Sue Rabie featuring struck-off doctor and reluctant investigator David Roth. Once again, KwaZulu-Natal readers will find plenty of familiar locations to identify with, and even a few real people.

This time round, Roth has left the snowy delights of Boston and moved to Durban where he has set up a transport company. But a delivery to a sugar mill in Dalton finds him attracting the attention of some very nasty people once he has witnessed what appears, on the surface at least, to be a tragic accident. But Roth’s innate sense of right and wrong and his well-placed suspicions soon irritate them, and the bad guys pursue him back to Durban and the Royal Natal Yacht Club where he is overseeing the refitting of his cousin’s yacht.

Rabie’s thrillers are plot rather than character driven, but Roth is developing into a believable man, with a tragic past. Although the ­action is still fast and furious, with Roth and others having hairsbreadth escapes, being shot, chased by dogs, blown up, gassed, shipwrecked and possibly poisoned, ­Rabie, now more confident in her writing, is allowing a little more time to create believable people, particularly her hero. It makes for a lively read, with added local interest.

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