Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Dark Redemption by Stav Sherez

He got to the bridge where his childhood friend leapt from, his body lost in the current, and went into a newsagent where he bought ten Camels and a lighter. 

Title: A Dark Redemption
Author: Stav Sherez
ISBN: 9780571244867
Publisher: Faber & Faber/2012
Pages: 384

Uganda. An unlikely place to visit. But three freshly graduated males decide to visit it. They see and learn a lot and then while driving through sparsely populated countryside, come to a fork on the road. That decision leads them into the clutches of rebel soldiers. And it becomes a life changing course for them....

Jump 20 years to 2011. Grace Okello is found murdered. She was a student at the School of African and Oriental Studies and was researching revolutionary rebel groups and insurgencies of Uganda.  DI Jack Carrigan, as usual, is the first detective to arrive at a crime scene. He is horrified by the brutal way she has been murdered. Carrigan is considered a maverick by his superiors as he has unconventional ways to get to the bottom of any crime.

On the behest of assisting him, his boss brings in DS Geneva Miller. She is told to report to him. Miller is not very keen but she has no choice. In the initial investigations, Carrigan thinks it is a sex related murder as the victim was raped too, before being killed. But Miller does not buy it. She looks into the Uganda link and finds it gets murkier. She also finds that people from the Ugandan embassy are trying to stall the investigations.

Carrigan can't get over his past which involves Uganda. He had lost one of his two best friends there. 

The book has three sections, the past, the present and about the murdered woman. The descriptions, at times, feel difficult to read, not because of the language but the emotions involved. The rape and murder of a young female is not an easy matter to read but before that her involvement with rebel groups for her research make the book very interesting. One learns a lot about Uganda's brutal past and those involved in it.

The ending is a total surprise. Despite the brutal descriptions, I would recommend this for all crime fiction lovers.....

15 comments:

Nise' said...

That tease grabs your attention.

Kathy Martin said...

sounds grim and dark but really interesting. My teasers this week are from Gamemaster by David Klass and Grave Memory by Kalayna Price. Happy reading!

Kim@Time2Read said...

Sounds like a difficult read, but probably a good one if you stick with it. Thanks for stopping by!

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

I'm fascinate... great share!
Thx for stopping in at FHC =)

Jenny Quinlan said...

Sounds good , thnxs for stopping by and commenting .

Alice Audrey said...

Not my kind of book, but it looks like a moving story.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I always enjoy learning about places that are new to me, even if it means reading about crime! This sounds like a good story.
My Teaser is from THE CALICO HEART.

Heather said...

Am not familiar with this author but it sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my teaser.

Moirae(thefates) book reviews said...

Never heard of it, but it sounds good. Here is mine.

fredamans said...

Sounds like a book for me. I actually prefer books with sensitive subject matter. If done right, it can be epic.
Great review!

Shelley Munro said...

Sounds quite dark. Interesting teaser. Thanks for stopping by my teaser.

Paulita said...

Those confusing pronouns would dissuade me. Hope you like it. Here's Mine

Christine Rains said...

Great teaser, but deep read.

Lexxie Lin said...

Nice teaser :) I hadn't heard of this one before, thanks for sharing.

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Andrea Garcia said...

Sounds interesting. I haven't heard about this one before. Thank you for sharing.