"A stellar thriller" - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Noir as hardboiled as it gets." - Library Journal (Starred Review)
"An intricate Robert Altman–like narrative." - Kirkus Reviews
"A prime destination for readers who like to detour from crime-fiction’s beaten path." - Booklist
"The night they were hijacked, Roxy Palmer and her husband, Joe, ate dinner with an African cannibal and his Ukrainian whore."
A split-second decision with no second chance. Get it wrong and you WAKE UP DEAD
On a blowtorch-hot night in Cape Town, American ex-model Roxy Palmer and her gunrunner husband, Joe, are carjacked, leaving Joe lying in a pool of blood. As the carjackers make their getaway, Roxy makes a choice that changes her life forever.
Disco and Godwynn, the ghetto gangbangers who sped away in Joe's convertible, will stop at nothing to track her down. Billy Afrika, a mixed-race ex-cop turned mercenary, won't let her out of his sight because Joe owed him a chunk of money. And hunting them all is Piper, a love-crazed psychopath determined to renew his vows with his jailhouse "wife," Disco.
As these desperate lives collide and old debts are settled in blood, Roxy is caught in a wave of escalating violence in the beautiful and brutal African seaport.