About the book:

On a clear winter morning, after months recovering from near fatal injuries, Captain James Blake is discharged from a Cape Town hospital. In the shadow of Table Mountain, the city streets appear familiar yet dreamlike, as if Blake is viewing his post hospital world through a hazy and distorted looking glass. His mission is to trace his attackers, but Blake soon finds himself side-tracked by the cold blooded execution of a prominent Cape Town attorney. Against the backdrop of the new South Africa, with all its mystery, beauty and unfathomable contradictions, Blake plunges into a twilight world of inexplicable accidents, mail order brides, music, madness and murder. As the investigation races towards its climax, Blake’s sense of dissociation intensifies, and it becomes clear that he is struggling, not only to catch a killer, but also to reclaim his sanity, as well as his very life…

About the author:

John Caulfield was born in May 1964 in Cape Town, South Africa. He completed his schooling at the South African College School and went on to study at the University of Cape Town where he obtained a degree in English as well as a post graduate degree in Law.

In 1989, he was admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa and, some years later, joined the Department of Justice where he prosecuted in a series of high profile criminal trials.

Since moving to the United Kingdom, he has written two crime novels, both influenced by his experiences as a criminal lawyer in Cape Town. His first novel, The Atom Heart Murders, won first prize in the UK magazine Writers’ Forum.

Apart from writing, he loves music, mountains and the sea.


“Stay with this well-written story. It seems slow at the beginning but it really draws the reader in. The author creates a convincing atmosphere of the location of this book – South Africa. The mystery is centered around a series of deaths connected to members of a former rock band, and the outcome leaves the reader hanging to the very end.”
“If you like your prose lyrical, and a read that will stretch your mind – then this book has it all.
From page one we follow a man trying to glean some sense from the circumstances he’s been thrown into – a journey that is every bit as much outer, as it is inner. The world almost bending to the fabric of his perception.”


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