By André Brink
Ben Du Toit is a white schoolteacher in suburban Johannesburg in a gloomy time of intolerance and state-sanctioned apartheid. an easy, apolitical guy, he believes within the crucial equity of the South African executive and its policies—until the unexpected arrest and next "suicide" of a black janitor from Du Toit's university. Haunted by way of new questions and eager to think that the man's demise was once a sad twist of fate, Du Toit undertakes an research into the poor affair—a quest for the fact that can have devastating effects for the trainer and his family members, because it attracts him right into a deadly morass of lies, corruption, and homicide.
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Involuntarily Tom started, and one of the sticks he held in his hand dropped to the ground. The green eyes shiftedthey came nearer, and the lad heard a menacing growl. Then he knew it was some wild animal that had dropped down from a tree and was now confronting him, ready to spring on the instant. Tom hardly knew what to do. He realized that if he moved it might precipitate an attack on him, and he found himself dimly wondering, as he stood there, what sort of an animal it was. He had about come to the conclusion that it was something between a cougar and a mountain lion, and the next thought that came to him was a wonder whether any one else in the camp was awake, and would come to his rescue.
This won't do," thought Tom. "Every time I go back one step he comes on two, and it won't take him long to catch up to me. And then, too, he'll be in the tent in another minute, clawing Ned or Mr. Damon. What can I do? " He stood still, and this seemed to suit the animal, for it remained quiet. But it never took its eyes off Tom, and the switching tail, and the low growls now and then, plainly indicated that the beast was but waiting its time to leap and give the death blow. Then an idea came to Tom.
Let's see, Farday, Fenton, Figaro, Flannigan, Ford, Foraham, Fredericksthose are all the names in the 'Fs'. No Fogers among them. " "They might be under some other name," suggested Ned. "Yes, that is sometimes done," admitted the purser with a quick glance at the two lads, "It's done when a criminal wants to throw the police off his track, or, occasionally, when a celebrated person wants to avoid the newspaper reporters. But I hardly think that" "Oh, I don't believe they'd do it," said Tom quickly.
A Dry White Season by André Brink