In 2 separate interviews authors Heather Young THE DISTANT DEAD and Peter Murphy TO BECOME AN OUTLAW discuss their new novels.
Heather Young is author of two novels, The Lost Girls and THE DISTANT DEAD (EDGAR NOMINATED). Heather lives with her family in Mill Valley, California.
THE DISTANT DEAD: A body burns in the desert... Does the boy who found it know more than it seems?
Sal Prentiss, orphaned and burdened with a terrible secret, just wants a place to belong. Sal lives with his uncles on a desolate ranch in the hills, and finds himself at the centre of a brutal murder mystery when he discovers the body of his maths teacher, charred almost beyond recognition, half a mile from his uncles' compound.
In the seven months he worked at Lovelock's middle school, the quiet and seemingly unremarkable Adam Merkel had formed a bond with Sal and was one of the few people to look out for the boy.
Nora Wheaton, the school's social studies teacher, sensed a kindred spirit in Adam - another soul bound to Lovelock by guilt and duty. After his death, she delves into his past for clues to who killed him. For Sal's grief seems shaded with fear, and Nora suspects he knows more than he's telling about his teacher's death.
Peter Murphy spent a career in the law, as an advocate, teacher, and judge in England and the United States, and served for several years as counsel at the Yugoslavian War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. He has written and published nine novels: He lives in Cambridgeshire.
To Become An Outlaw: 1964, Apartheid South Africa. Danie du Plessis, the son of a conservative Afrikaner family, is poised to start a glittering legal academic career at one of South Africa's leading universities, when he falls in love with a student, Amy Coetzee. But there's a problem: he's white, she's not. Facing arrest, imprisonment and ruin, the couple flee South Africa, and settle in Cambridge, where friends find them positions at the University. They marry and have two children, and have seemingly put the past, and South Africa, behind them. But in 1968 Art Pienaar enters their lives, and, insisting that they have a duty to fight back, enlists their help in increasingly dangerous schemes to undermine the South African regime.
When Pienaar and a notorious drug dealer, Vince Cummings, are found murdered together, Danie's activities come to light, and he and his family find themselves in mortal danger. Danie is also threatened with criminal prosecution on behalf of a government desperate to maintain good relations with the apartheid regime. Danie knows he's sailed close to the wind. But has he become an outlaw? Can Ben Schroeder persuade a jury that the answer is no?
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Paul Burke writes for Crime Time, Crime Fiction Lover and the European Literature Network.