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Second Chance

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Description

Bart Pringle returns to his hometown to bury his father, an apparent victim of suicide. Within hours he uncovers evidence that suggests his father was murdered. To add to his emotional turmoil he begins to have disturbing flashbacks to incidents he would rather not remember in his tempestuous life. His father’s house seems to draw these unwelcome memories.

His investigations are complicated by his growing illicit relationship with a stunning young Coloured woman and by the harassment of the police who still regard as treasonous his earlier newspaper exposés of the brutal methods of the secret police. This novel brings back the dark underside of Apartheid South Africa.

This is Peter Cleary’s first venture into the world of fiction. His previous book “Run, run as fast as you can” is an autobiography of his life in the motor industry.


Review

“A proudly Zululand product”

For this, his first foray into fiction, Zululander Peter Cleary can be more than proud of his effort.
‘Second Chance’ is an all-action book that races along, covering a period of two weeks of cloak-and-dagger action.

Like Cleary, the main characters all have strong personalities.
This includes the macho main role player, Bart; the sexy and desirably dangerous ‘across the colour bar’ beauty, Sassy; and the bulldogged racist cop, Captain Van Niekerk.

As they interact, dark secrets are unearthed – and the plot thickens as Bart’s father’s ‘natural death’ proves to in fact have been a foul murder… and not the only one.

With all the passionate people the novel portrays, it’s perfectly natural that there is also a fair amount of ‘SNL’ – as tastily written as possible and adding strength to the plot, rather than as gratuitous cheap thrills.

For me, there are many aspects that really grabbed my attention, resulting in my completing the novel in just two sittings.

Though a work of fiction, the words are woven against a background of fact:
The setting is the Eastern Cape, where I grew up. Suffice to say that Cleary’s accurate use of names and places could be used as a tour guide for visitors.

The time frame is the apartheid era, with all its evil and ludicrous laws and restrictions having a bearing on the outcome and used perfectly in context.

It also shows the courage of those who refused to be defined by those intolerable laws.
The hero is an award-winning photo journalist, displaying exactly the type of recklessness and instinct such an occupation demands.

The legal nuances and references to sport, farming and the Xhosa culture are all totally accurate and plausible.

To sum up: in not trying to be too clever, Cleary has been brilliant.
The book is easy to read, yet thought-provoking, and should have ‘Proudly South African’ stamped all over it.

For me, as a friend and admirer, ‘A Proudly Zululand Product’ will suffice.

Dave Savides – Zululand Observer


Peter Cleary, beter bekend as mnr Inyanga Motors het sy hand op papier gewaag. Hoewel hierdie nie sy eerste boek is nie, is dit sy eerste fiksie skrywe en ‘n heel aangename ervaring vir my as leser.

In Second Chance ontvou ‘n aksie belaaide, speurverhaal met vele intriges. Liefde oor die kleurgrens wat afspeel gedurende ‘n baie onsimpatieke tydperk in die ou Suid-Afrika toe alles nog in wit en swart gemeet en gemonitor was.

Bart Pringle, die hoofkarakter, is ‘n ruwe, aantreklike, wellustige en onverskrokke joernalis wie se persoonlike lewe en loopbaan al vele hoogte- en laagte punte bereik het. Die storielyn begin waar hy onwillig terugkeer na sy tuisdorp nadat hy nuus ontvang het dat sy pa aan eie hand gesterf het, of het hy? Nie net lê die begrafnisreelings soos ‘n berg voor hom nie, maar hierdie huis wat eens sy ouerhuis was hou geensins goeie herinnneringe in nie. Sy ma het hulle verlaat toe hy en sy suster nog baie klein was en hoewel sy pa weer getroud was, het hy nooit opgehou treur oor die ma van sy kinders nie. Daar is soveel onbeantwoorde vraagstukke en die intrige verdiep by die dag, onder meer nadat hy inligting ontdek wat daarop dui dat dit dalk nie selfmoord was nie, maar wel moord.

Op die koop toe word hy om elke hoek en draai behoorlik geviktimiseer deur ‘n haatdraende en rassistiese poliesieman wat steeds vergelding soek vir Bart se vroeëre beriggewing oor die wreedhede van die veiligheidspolisie soveel jare gelede. Sy nuwe vriendskap met ‘n pragtige Kleurlingemeisie, wat hom geheel oorweldig en ‘n vuur in sy hart en lendene ontbrand, verskaf die wraaksugtige Kaptein van Niekerk met nog meer skietgoed in sy persoonlike vendetta teenoor Bart, sy pa en sommer enige iemand waarmee hul as gesin in aanraking gekom het, hetsy goed of sleg.

Verder word hy gefolter deur terugflitse wat spruit uit sy omstrede verlede en loopbaan as fotojoernalis. Meerendeels foute en gebeure wat hy liefs saam met sy pa sal wil begrawe.

Ek moet eerlik beken dit was een van daardie kannie-neersit-boeke, wat ek deurnag klaar gelees het. Hoewel daar heelwat gekruide taal, naaktheid en seks voorkom is dit in konteks en geensins vulgêr.

Ansia Scheepers – Zululand Fever