A group of tourists gather in Namibia. Some have come to holiday, others to murder. Canadian Kate ditches her two-timing boyfriend and heads to Africa on a whim, hoping for adventure, encountering the unexpected and proving an intrepid adversary to mayhem. The tour is led by Jono, a Zimbabwean historian and philosopher, and the travellers follow him from Cape Town into the Namib desert, learning ancient secrets of the Bushmen, the power of witchcraft and superstition, and even the origins of Nazi evil. A ragged bunch, each member of the group faces their own challenges as third-world Africa pits against first-world greed, murderous intent and thwarted desire. The battle between goaded vanity and frustrated appetite culminates in a surprising conclusion with shocking twists. Unpredictable, flawed, fun-loving, courageous, bizarre, weak, kind-hearted and loathsome, the individuals in this novel exist beyond the page and into real life.
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About the Author
Originally from South Africa, Lisa de Nikolits has been a Canadian citizen since 2003. She has lived and worked in the United States, Australia and Britain. As an art director, she has worked on marie claire, Vogue Australia, Vogue Living, Cosmopolitan and she magazines. Her first novel, The Hungry Mirror, was published by Inanna Publications in 2010 and was awarded the ippy Gold Medal in 2011, as well as long-listed for the 2011 ReLit Awards. Her second novel, West of Wawa, was published by Inanna in 2011, was one of four Chatelaine Bookclub Editor’s Picks, and was awarded the ippy Silver Medal in 2012. Her third novel, A Glittering Chaos, was released in spring 2013 to literary and reader acclaim. Lisa lives and works in Toronto.