One hell of a ride

2012-07-25 00:00

BOOK REVIEW

The Top Prisoner of C-Max

Wessel Ebersohn

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WESSEL Ebersohn’s new novel, The Top Prisoner of C-Max, is as gripping and fast-paced as his last one, The October Killings, which I read in one sitting.

The master thriller writer is still in his element in this sequel to The October Killings, which introduced me to his main characters, Abigail Bukula and Yudel Gordon — a character from earlier Ebersohn novels.

To really enjoy the story, you should have first read The October Killings, but it is still a thrilling story without the knowledge of the original.

In The October Killings, Ebersohn deftly combines police action and social commentary in an edge-of-the-seat offering.

The story begins with Bukula, a young star in the Justice Department, receiving a visit from Leon Lourens, who saved her life when she was only 15.

At the time, Lourens was one of a group of South African soldiers sent to attack an ANC safe house in Lesotho. Having paid the price for his action, Lourens now needs Abigail’s protection.

On October 22 each year, the date of the Lesotho attack, another member of the South African Defence Force (SADF) squad is killed.

Now, that date is approaching, and only two of them remain: the squad commander, who’s serving his sentence in C-Max, and Lourens.

Bukula immediately knows who is behind the October Killings: a sinister and dangerous man named Bishop, who had joined the struggle for dubious reasons.

In a rush against time, over a course with many obstacles, Bukula finds a partner in Yudel Gordon, the eccentric prison psychologist.

In The Top Prisoner of C-Max, the story begins with Enslin Kruger, a dying prison gang leader in C-Max Prison, who wants to ­exact revenge on his old nemesis, who is Gordon.

He will anoint as his heir the man who slaughters Gordon’s protégé, the beautiful Beloved Childe. To save Beloved, Gordon and Bukula must figure out what the would-be killers are up to, and quickly.

This book is one hell of a ride.

 

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