Introducing Michéle Rowe’s Award-winning Crime Novel, What Hidden Lies
The manuscript for Michéle Rowe’s first crime novel, What Hidden Lies, won the 2011 Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award. This month sees the publication of the novel by Penguin Books SA:
When Detective Persephone (Persy) Jonas is forced to work with retired criminal psychologist Dr Marge Labuschagne to solve the murder of a suspected sex offender, suspicion and distrust threaten to derail the investigation. Persy believes the killer is her childhood sweetheart, now turned vicious ganster; Marge is sure the answer lies in the victim’s shady past.
As the women race against time and their own prejudice to hunt the killer, past and present collide, unearthing long buried secrets and lies. As the hunt intensifies they realise they have more in common than they think and are bound in ways they could never have imagined. Finally faced with a ruthless killer, it seems that the darkest secrets are the ones they are hiding from themselves.
About the author
Michéle Rowe is a South African scriptwriter who works primarily as a head writer and story originator for television and film. She attended the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg, and has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town.
Michéle first worked as a graphic artist and later as a production designer for films and TV commercials. She was a founder member of Free Film Makers, an anti-apartheid grouping of film-makers, directors and actors who created acclaimed independent documentaries and dramas.
From there she moved into documentary film chiefly as a researcher, before moving on to writing drama series and feature films.
She has also worked briefly as an egg peeler, waitress, columnist, pop-star, and historical film archivist.
Projects Michéle has originated, written or directed have been nominated for or won various awards, including an Oscar documentary and International Emmy nomination, a Mail & Guardian Short Films Prize, a Special Jury Award at Skip City International (Japan), a Banff World TV Award (Canada), a SAFTA (South African Film and Television Award), and the Andrew Murray – Desmond Tutu Prize.
Her work reflects her ongoing preoccupation with South Africa’s culture, politics and history through the medium of drama and story.
She lives in Cape Town with her husband, son and daughter.
What Hidden Lies is her first crime novel, and the winner of the 2011 Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award.