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The Harbinger

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An exiled black revolutionary leader escapes from police surveillance in Botswana.

A white labor union leader is found murdered in the "Blacks Only" lounge of the Port Elizabeth train station.

A high-ranking government official is activated by a foreign power after sixteen years as a "sleeper" agent.

An American arms dealer assembles a shipment of weapons destined for a South...

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Overview

An exiled black revolutionary leader escapes from police surveillance in Botswana.

A white labor union leader is found murdered in the "Blacks Only" lounge of the Port Elizabeth train station.

A high-ranking government official is activated by a foreign power after sixteen years as a "sleeper" agent.

An American arms dealer assembles a shipment of weapons destined for a South African gold mining company.

Each of these seemingly disparate events leads Homicide Detective Nigel Mansell to an ingenious plot to infiltrate the extraordinarily rich South African diamond mining system and to instigate a long overdue revolution against that country's tyrannical government.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Beginning with a murder in a train-station restroom and climaxing with the exposure of a conspiracy that brings a nation to the brink of revolution, this smart, suspenseful first novel merges the style of a police procedural and the scope of a Ludlumesque tale of international intrigue. It is told, however, with one distinguishing variationits South African setting, where homicide inspector Nigel Mansell must fight resistance to his investigation of a union leader's murder from his own department as well as the from the security branch and, finally, the highest levels of government. As Mansell's probe uncovers a ministerial plot to seize control of his country's gold mines, and as the chain of betrayal and deceit grows, Graham's byzantine plotting becomes somewhat overbooked with extraneous characters and minor twists. Despite a few labored sections, this is an impressive debut, with a hero whose feelings of duty and disgust compel attention, and a vividly detailed, convincing portrait of South Africa that enhances the story at every turn and marks Graham as a writer to watch. 50,000 first printing; $75,000 ad/promo. (June)
Library Journal
This novel gets off to a fast start with the secret return of exiled black leader Christopher Zuma to South Africa and the murder of white union official Ian Elgin in a railway station lounge ``for blacks only.'' Port Elizabeth Chief Homicide Inspector Nigel Mansell takes charge of the murder investigation but finds his efforts frustrated by Major Hymie Wolff of South Africa's National Security Branch. Then Mansell meets the beautiful, enigmatic Delaney Blackford, a lady attorney for Elgin's union who comes to take a personal interest in Mansell. As his investigation causes him to crisscross South Africa, Mansell is drawn deeper into a web of international intrigue. Full of danger, suspense, and plenty of surprises, this novel will keep the Ludlum crowd eagerly turning pages to its exciting conclusion. William C. McCully, Park Ridge P.L., Ill.
Andrew Greeley
Andrew Greeley says of The Harbinger, “A wonderful suspense story by a skilled author who will quickly rise to the top of his profession. You won’t be able to put it down.”
The Denver Post - Denver Post
“Mark Graham’s suspense novel, The Harbinger, is a bone-fide page turner. His writing is lyrical and telling. His main character is appealing in a Humphrey Bogart sort of way. The book is an impressive tour de force.” The Denver Post
Library Journal
“Full of danger, suspense, and plenty of surprises, The Harbinger will keep the Ludlum crowd eagerly turning pages to its exciting conclusion.” Library Journal
The San Diego Union - San Diego Union
“The Harbinger is foretaste of a master. Readers of the thriller genre will be delighted with Graham’s entry into the top ranks, just as they were when Clancy emerged with ‘The Hunt for Red October.’” The San Diego Union
Salem Press
“Graham’s work in The Harbinger is taut and exciting, a first novel filled with details of life and death in South Africa. In addition to the verisimilitude which is present in every page, Graham’s plot has more twists and turns than an aspiring politician’s campaign speech.” Salem Press
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780989494069
  • Publisher: Graham Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/18/2013
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Graham is a critically acclaimed author who has been writing and editing professionally since 1988. He has collaborated with individuals and groups on three continents.
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