As for the sort of topics that have engaged these writers, well, initially serial killers – or to put it in a broader perspective, crimes of deviancy – were the subjects of choice for both English and Afrikaans writers. Perhaps in this there was a desire to steer away from the political issues dominating a nation in transition although this attitude is changing. Social and political concerns are back on the agenda and the bad guys are now as likely to be politicians, business moguls, and figures of authority as perverts, drug dealers, serial killers and gangsters. And their crimes are as likely to be crimes of deviancy as trade in blood diamonds, abalone poaching, the international drugs trade, arms dealing, political corruption, business scams, scandals and fraud, private security, and the hijacking of buildings. Significantly, state crimes began to feature and forms of espionage fiction became apparent in some of Meyer’s books ( Trackers being an obvious example) and also in the work of Trevor R Corbett, and the more literary foray into that territory by Carel van der Merwe with his novel, Shadow . If there is a forerunner to these novels it is Andrew Gray’s 2007, The Fence. Critics also began to suggest that crime novels could be seen as the new version of the political novel. Riding well out in the front as a major issue is the ineffectiveness of due process and the satisfaction of moral justice. But that’s a major theme anywhere in the world. And it’s also a truism applicable to South Africa that if you want to know the country read its crime fiction. You’ll get the low-down and enjoy the ride.
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