etectives Beyond Borders has long been a fan of James McClure's Kramer and Zondi novels, which pair a white Afrikaner police lieutenant and his Zulu assistant in apartheid-era South Africa, and do not spare the reader the harsh words that swirl around, about, and between the two. (Read all Detectives Beyond Borders' McClure posts;
click the link, then scroll down.)
So I was especially excited to hear from the good folks at Crime Beat
(South Africa), about God It Was Fun,
a collection of McClure's short stories and scripts. These include the screenplay for a film adaptation of his novel The Steam Pig
, a production "halted in circumstances that remain a mystery to this day," according to a short, informative biographical introduction by McClure's children.
It has been a while since I've read South African crime fiction, a body of work I've called second only to Ireland's in international crime writing, and it's good to be back.
ant to join me in exploring South African crime fiction? Here's a Crime Beat list of twenty top South African crime novels
. I might have chosen different books by Mike Nicol and Roger Smith, but it's an exciting list, including a few authors new to me, one of whose novels I have just bought.
© Peter Rozovsky 2014
Labels: Africa, James McClure, South Africa