Valentine’s Day book launch

Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip with Thursday Club convener, Sandy Bailey.

Members of the Thursday Club found that is not unusual for two people to work on the same novel.

This is the case with the writing partnership between Stanley Trollip of Bantry Bay “and the world”, and Michael Sears of Knysna.

Held at Kelvin Grove in Newlands last week, they heard how the Detective Kubu series of novels came about 15 years ago.

The duo were on a memorable visit to Chobe National Park and witnessed a pack of hyenas convert a small wildebeest to nothing but horns and upper skull in one night.

A perfect murder – no body, no case. In their latest book, Dead of Night, these award-winning authors expose one of the most vicious conflicts on the African continent.

When freelance journalist Crystal Nguyen heads to South Africa, she thinks she’ll be researching an article on rhino-horn smuggling for National Geographic, but within a week she’s hunting poachers, being hunted by their bosses, and then getting arrested in connection with a murder.

And everyone is after a briefcase full of money that she doesn’t want, but can’t get rid of…

Fleeing South Africa, she goes undercover in Vietnam, trying to discover the truth before she’s exposed by the local mafia.

Discovering the plot behind the money is only half the battle. Now she must convince the South African authorities to take action before it’s too late, both for the rhinos and for her.

She has a powerful story to tell, if she survives long enough to tell it…

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