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Reconciliation for the Dead
Reconciliation for the Dead

Reconciliation for the Dead

Claymore Straker Series


450 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Mobipocket, EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: October 2017

ISBN 9781910633687

Rights: US & CA

Orenda Books (Oct 2017)


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The third entry in the gripping Claymore Straker series explores true events from one of the most hateful chapters in South African history

Fresh from events in Yemen and Cyprus, vigilante justice-seeker Claymore Straker returns to South Africa, seeking absolution for the sins of his past. Over four days, he testifies to Desmond Tutu's newly established Truth and Reconciliation Commission, recounting the shattering events that led to his dishonorable discharge and exile, fifteen years earlier.It was 1980. The height of the Cold War. Clay is a young paratrooper in the South African Army, fighting in Angola against the Communist insurgency that threatens to topple the White Apartheid regime. On a patrol deep inside Angola, Clay, and his best friend, Eben Barstow, find themselves enmeshed in a tangled conspiracy that threatens everything they have been taught to believe about war, and the sacrifices that they, and their brothers in arms, are expected to make. Witness and unwitting accomplice to an act of shocking brutality, Clay changes allegiance and finds himself labelled a deserter and accused of high treason, setting him on a journey into the dark, twisted heart of institutionalized hatred, from which no one will emerge unscathed.Exploring true events from one of the most hateful chapters in South African history, Reconciliation for the Dead is a shocking, explosive and gripping thriller from one finest writers in contemporary crime fiction.


"A solid, meaty thriller—Hardisty is a fine writer and Straker is a great lead character." —Lee Child

"Hardisty doesn't put a foot wrong in this forceful, evocative thriller . . . the author's deep knowledge of the settings never slows down the non-stop action, with distant echoes of a more-moral minded Jack Reacher or Jason Bourne." —Maxim Jakubowski

"The writing . . . at times achieves the level of genuine poetry." —Publishers Weekly

"Highly recommended . . . the powerfully drawn scenes and conflicts linger in my mind." —Kingdom Books Mysteries Reviews

"a brutal, brilliant piece of thriller writing." —Mystery Scene

Author Biography

Canadian by birth, Paul E. Hardisty has spent 25 years working all over the world as an engineer, hydrologist and environmental scientist. He is currently a university professor and director of Australia's national land, water, ecosystems and climate adaptation research programs. The first book in the Claymore Straker series, The Abrupt Physics of Dying, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger, and was followed by The Evolution of Fear.