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Ñ Read Ñ The Gooseberry Fool by James McClure ½ Hugo Swart, Faithful Churchgoer And Respected Citizen, Is Found Stabbed To Death On The Floor Of His Kitchen Just Before Christmas, On The Hottest Night Of The Year If Mr Swart S Reverend Is To Be Believed, No One In The World Could Have A Reason To Kill Him The Murder Was Most Likely A Robbery Gone Ugly, And The Chief Suspect Is Swart S Black Servant, Shabalala, Who Has Fled To The Countryside But Lieutenant Kramer Suspects That Not Everything Is As It Seems While Zondi Pursues Shabalala In What Turns Out To Be A Treacherous Tour Of Miserable Outlying Bantu Villages, Kramer Tries To Wring The Truth Out Of Some Of Swart S Acquaintances In Trekkersburg And Cape Town It Seems Not Everyone Liked The Victim Quite As Much As The Reverend Did But Danger Lies At Every Turn What Will This Investigation Cost The Duo McClure S Merciless Depiction Of S South Africa, Its Many Layers Of Racism, And The Gaps Between Rich And Poor Make This Perhaps The Most Devourable Book In The Kramer And Zondi Series Yet
This book is a swift kick in the gut It is one of a series of novels involving two South African police detectives, one white, one black It was written in 1974 and is as eye opening and compelling as any description of what went on in Stalin s Russia or Hitler s Germany While this is a well done and interesting police procedural in its own right, the real hero villain of this story is South Africa itself The author writes one must assume in the voice of the main character, who refers to all black people even his own partner in the most derogatory terms imaginable That s during the narrative The dialog is even worse.
We don t remember when apartheid ended, but as recently as 1974, whole villages were being uprooted and their occupants dispersed to the South African equivalent of Siberia where witnesses were routinely slapped arou
We are told on Page 1 that a gooseberry is either a chaperone, or a person who stirs up trouble I ve never heard the second definition, but thinking back to some of the 19th century novels I ve read where the phrase playing gooseberry was used, it makes sense This particular gooseberry turns up stabbed in his own kitchen with a steak knife, at a time when he was alone in the house or thought he was Someone is out to get Kramer and Zondi or are they And who are they Nothing is as it seems in this installment.
It s interesting that so far in McClure s books, the main corpse usually got what was coming to them in one way or another they tend to turn out to be thoroughly bad hats, so you don t have to feel bad they were iced This one is no exception from the get go we are told that the corpus dilecti was a re In The Song Dog the last Zondi Kramer mystery written, but the one that tells of their first meeting their future in 1980s South Africa is foreshadowed by a fortune teller It is difficult to read, particularly with respect to Zondi, but, re reading The Gooseberry Fool years after first reading The Song Dog, I get it.
In The Gooseberry Fool, Zondi is given independence to pursue a black servant who is the prime suspect in a murder His actions in tracking down the suspect are understandable, but the consequences are horrific I can see how Zondi, as a Zulu constable, would be perceived as a collaborator of the white supremacist regime.
The Gooseberry Fool also effectively depicts the stifling police state aspects of 1970s South Africa The intel