I have done my share of deep and heavy reading this summer, so it was a great pleasure to read a crime fiction novel by an author new to me. Not that A Dark Redemption
wasn't deep and sometimes heavy, but it is an ideal read for the end of summer: entertaining, compelling, yet addressing issues that stay with us as we return from the beach or vacation.
Stav Sherez, a British writer with two acclaimed novels already in print, opens the story with a flash to the past. Jack Carrigan, who is suffering from blinding headaches, thinks back to the summer after college graduation when he and his two best friends chose a trip to Uganda for their last fling before beginning jobs and adult life. With the typical innocence of youth in the early 1990s, they wanted to travel somewhere off the beaten track. On their way to Murchison Falls National Park, they hit a roadblock and...
Beyond the Book
Stav Sherez is the author of four books of crime fiction. He was born and raised in London and has persevered with his lifelong ambition to write novels despite the challenges found in the book business today. In his case this meant facing multiple rejections until he found the right agent and publisher.
His official author bio is one of the shortest around and after much searching I found out why. He wanted it that way. In a 2005 interview with book dealer Adam Smith, Sherez fleshes out his life history, just a bit. "(O)kay: grew up in London, Latymer Upper School, several girlfriends, a car, the usual...