I'm left a little speechless by how engrossing this book is. Thrilling, enlightening, caustic, moving, and thought provoking. The toxic legacy of colonialism scars this narrative, leaving all its characters damaged and lashing out with pain, ignorance, and grief that just won't go away. Smith's facility with point of view leaves you hating a character in one scene and empathizing with him in the next. This book burns with a distilled rage, and paints a devastating portrait of the many-sourced injustices that throttle life and hope in South Africa among those living in poverty.It's a top-notch thriller, like a South African version of The Wire, with the brilliantly succinct characterizations of Simenon and the insane pace of early Ludlum. And it captures the grit of daily living with a level of detail comparable to Richard Price or George Pelecanos. But in truth it's like none of these other writers. It's simply Roger Smith, and comparisons undercut the fact that he is an original. It's a thriller that's genuinely worth your time to read, and the best part is you won't even notice the time passing. There's an underlying social conscience to this book that's truly powerful.