When a beautiful young woman is found murdered on Cape Town's Sea Point promenade, journalist and part-time police profiler Dr. Clare Hart is drawn into the web of a brutal serial killer. As more bodies are discovered, Clare is forced to revisit the brutal rape of her twin sister and the gang ties that bind Cape Town's dark crime rings. Is her investigation into human trafficking linked to the murders, or is the killer just playing a sick game with her?
Like Clockwork is a dark and compelling crime story that will thrill fans of Deon Meyer and Tess Gerritsen.
About the Author
Margie Orford is an award-winning journalist who has been dubbed the Queen of South African Crime Fiction. Her novels have been translated into nine languages. She was born in London and grew up in Namibia. A Fulbright Scholar, she was educated in South Africa and the United States. She is Executive Vice-President of South African PEN and a patron of Rape Crisis and the children's book charity The Little Hands Trust. She lives in Cape Town. The entire Clare Hart series is forthcoming from Witness Impulse.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In Margie Orford's latest offering Like Clockwork, the bodies are turning up at regular intervals just like clockwork. The female protagonist is Dr. Clare Hart, a journalist currently working on a documentary, but when the mutilated corpse of a young girl is discovered right outside her apartment, she gets pulled into the case by Inspector Riedwaan Faizal who trusts her ability as a profiler. Riedwaan and Clare also have an on-again off-again personal relationship best described by the social media status "it's complicated". The subject of Clare's documentary is human trafficking, an unspeakable crime fueled by the unrest in the nations north of South Africa. And it is no secret in the beautiful city of Cape Town...the victims of human trafficking are being used to stock the brothels and gentlemen's clubs. For both Clare and Riedwaan, the increasing number of crimes against women is not just a statistic. As the body count increases, it becomes apparent that a serial killer is at work and because the investigation has become personal, Clare and Riedwaan are sucked into a vortex with only one destination: a sinister underworld where rape, murder, and pornography are a way of life. At the center of the case is a man named Kelvin Landman who is the face of pure, undiluted evil in this book. His cavalier attitude toward his "business" is chilling. Don't even try to figure out the ending of this one! Around every corner there is a twist that you won't see coming right up to the "What the...???" epilogue. Margie Orford is a gifted story teller. Her characters are complex, frequently dark and very, very human. . . except, of course, for Fritz the cat (who may be somewhat human). Readers will soon realize that some of the character development takes place in the earlier books in the series, but I don't think that detracts from the story line. I found the author's lyrical use of imagery to be a delight to read. My favorite line — "The city lights were stitched together by the threads of the evening traffic - white headlights, red tail lights." One of the most striking aspects of the narrative is the language she uses to communicate the attraction between Clare and Riedwaan...I could easily feel that frisson of desire that can only exist between two people who are truly connected. Like Clockwork is not the sort of story that lends itself to a HEA, but without a doubt, I think the ending of this book can be described as satisfying and just.
Very good book with an interesting locale. Well-written novel about a serial killer and about human trafficking. The characters come to life and held my interest, so much so that I am reading another book in the Clare Hart series. The only drawback is that the book is somewhat predictable. Well worth a look.
Well paced. Good character definition without too much fluff so that you get to know them as you get tknow them. Perfect epilogue.