"`You always look so fucken clean,' said Zeke...© Peter Rozovsky 2010
"`That's because I'm white,' said Niemand. He had known Zeke for a long time.
"`You're not all that white,' said Mkane. `Bit of ancestral tan.'
"`That's the Greek part of me. The Afrikaner part's pure white. You kaffirs get cheekier every day.'
"Ja, baas. But we're in charge now.'
"'We? Forget it. Money's in charge. Took me a long time to understand that. Money's always in charge.'"
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
I've raved about Peter Temple's Jack Irish novels and The Broken Shore. But he also wrote a standalone thriller released under two titles, Identity Theory and In the Evil Day, whose opening pages include an exchange pertinent to recent discussion here about South Africa and crime fiction: