BOOK: Elton Baatjies by Lester Walbrugh
It is two years since the discovery of the body – the first of six teenage boys who had been raped and murdered. Detective Junaid Japtha is no closer to cracking the case. With no tangible evidence, he has to rely on experience and instinct to track down the killer. Fifteen-year-old Tyrone May from Macassar is confused, but has no one to talk to. So he accepts a friend request from a handsome stranger. Elton Baatjies is the newly appointed teacher at a local high school, and he is soon embraced by the close-knit community. But he is tied to the six dead boys in ways no one could have predicted … These are the narrative streams of Elton Baatjies (Karavan Press), Lester Walbrugh’s debut novel, following his 2020 short story collection Let It Fall Where It Will. Here is the first chapter of Elton Baatjies.