December 19, 2007

Reasons to be cheerful

w00t1! My fourth (published) novel, The Night of Knives, aka "the Africa book," is officially On Sale today.


The official blurb:

Veronica Kelly has come to Africa to start her life over. Still reeling from her divorce, she is grateful when a handsome stranger invites her on an expedition to visit gorillas in Uganda 's wild Impenetrable Forest . But the trip goes desperately wrong when the group of tourists are captured by brutal gunmen, marched into the lawless Congo , and held for ransom.

Then one tourist is executed.

And then another.

Their abduction is only the first move in a deadly strategic game that may consume entire nations...



This is a small UK hardcover printing, so you'll probably only be able to find it online at Amazon.co.uk et al and at specialty shops - the big paperback release will be in August. It's also on sale at Amazon.ca. Trade paperbacks should start appearing in the "overseas" markets ( Australia, NZ, South Africa, India, Singapore, HK, English bookstores in continental Europe, the occasional airport) sometime in January. I'll pass on details about American and Canadian publication and availability when they cohere.

In the meantime, shop early, shop often, shop again!


1The word of the year. Clearly they're behind the times - careful readers will remember a brief digression on such leetspeak in Invisible Armies.

December 08, 2007

Haiti, Haight, I got a new complaint

Well, I just got back an I wish I never leave now (where'd you go?)
Who dat martian arrival at the airport? (where'd you go?)
How many local dollars for a local anaesthetic? (where'd you go?)
The johnny on the corner was very sympathetic (where'd you go?)

I went to the place where every white face
Is an invitation to robbery
An sitting here in my safe European Canadian home
I don't wanna go back there again

Wasn't I lucky n' wouldn't it be loverly? (where'd you go?)
Send us all cards, have a laying in on sunday (where'd you go?)
I was there for two weeks, so how come I never tell (where'd you go?)
That natty dread drinks at the Sheraton hotel? (where'd you go?)

I went to the place where every white face
Is an invitation to robbery
An sitting here in my safe European Canadian home
I don't wanna go back there again

Now they got the sun, an they got the palm trees
They got the weed, an they got the taxis
Whoa, the harder they come, n the home of ol bluebeat
Yes I'd stay an be a tourist but I can't take the gunplay

Safe European Canadian home
Your safe European Canadian home
Your safe European Canadian home
Your safe European Canadian home


poster-child
Poster child.

at-the-door
Into the unknown.

la-saline
The slums of La Saline.

big-world
Sometimes the world seems very big.

msf-woman
At the mobile clinic.

pap-panorama
Port-au-Prince panorama.

slum-children
Children in developing nations looooove having their picture taken and shown to them. Especially if, as is often the case, they've never had their picture taken before.