Author: Alan S. Cowell With Author's Inscription Publisher: Jacana Books (2016) ISBN-10: 1431423432 ISBN-13: 9781431423439 Condition: Very good. Edgewear and an open tear/bump to the front covers top corner. Else internally bright, a tightly bound copy Binding: Softcover Pages: 264 Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 x 2 cm
Weight: 0.4 kg
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Permanent Removal is a beautifully written political thriller focusing on the nature of justice, truth, betrayal, socio-political and ethical quandaries, complicity and moral agency. The novel introduces readers to a cast of players whose destinies intertwine in a particularly gruesome murder.
The novel is set in apartheid South Africa and fictionalizes the events leading up to the assassination of the Cradock Four. South African security forces set up a roadblock to intercept a car near the city of Port Elizabeth. Two of the four anti-apartheid activists in the car were secretly targeted for assassination. The police abducted the four and murdered them in cold blood. Their burnt bodies were found later near the Port Elizabeth suburb of Bluewater Bay. These murders are one of apartheid’s murkiest episodes. On the day of the funeral of the Cradock Four, President PW Botha declared a State of Emergency. It was the beginning of the end.