By MD Villiers
Published May 2013
Siphiwe, a nineteen year old orphan dreaming of a better life for himself and his adoptive family, is haunted by memories of the brutal murder of his elder brother. When a woman is stabbed on the street in front of him, Siphiwe rushes to her aid, desperate to stop history repeating itself, but in doing so unwittingly crosses the paths of two very dangerous men. McCarthy Letswe, notorious crime lord, has returned home to Johannesburg after several years in exile, determined to wreak his revenge on Abaju, the Nigerian gangster responsible for Letswe’s forced departure. Awaiting Letswe is his beautiful girlfriend Lucille and Progress Zebele, an ambitious man determined to do whatever it takes to impress his new boss. Siphiwe’s actions have set him on a collision course with Letswe and Abaju, and as the violence on the streets intensifies, and the danger to those he loves most increases, Siphiwe is soon forced to seek help amongst criminals and police alike. A story of survival, revenge and ultimately, redemption, told in prose which is deceptively simple and utterly compelling, City of Blood marks the arrival of a fresh new voice in crime fiction.
Explosive and emotional. A journey to the dark side you won’t forget.
Dreda Say Mitchell