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Violence Erupts in Cape Town During Earth Hour in Michele Rowe’s New Crime Novel, Hour of Darkness

Hour of DarknessPenguin Random House presents Hour of Darkness by Michéle Rowe, coming soon!

Readers familiar with Rowe’s exhilarating plot twists and authentic South African characters will love her latest spine-chilling thriller.

It’s Earth Hour. Around the world people are switching off their lights to mark the global energy crisis. Violent criminals use the cover of darkness to wage terror on the exclusive Constantia Valley outside Cape Town.

A series of disappearances and a mysterious death sees the return of Rowe’s popular Detective Percy Jonas. Percy, with the help of her latest love interest, Detective Ren Tucker, is disturbed by an abduction that evokes her own abandonment as a child. When one of the missing turns up dead, followed by a ransom demand, the hunt intensifies. Links to violent gangsters and shady politicians lead her to the crime-ridden township of Khayelitsha. Soon she is engulfed in a political firestorm, where even her own police force cannot protect her and she is faced with a terrible choice – her very own hour of darkness.

A page-turner from one of South Africa’s exciting new crime novelists.

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.

Rowe 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 Rowe 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 was her first crime novel, and the winner of the 2011 Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award.

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