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To Become An Outlaw by Peter Murphy
About The Book
1964, Apartheid South Africa. Danie du Plessis, the son of a conservative Afrikaner family, is poised to start a glittering legal academic career at one of South Africa’s leading universities, when he falls in love with a student, Amy Coetzee. But there’s a problem: he’s white, she’s not. Facing arrest, imprisonment and ruin, the couple flee South Africa, and settle in Cambridge, where friends find them positions at the University. They marry and have two children, and have seemingly put the past, and South Africa, behind them. But in 1968 Art Pienaar enters their lives, and, insisting that they have a duty to fight back, enlists their help in increasingly dangerous schemes to undermine the South African regime.
When Pienaar and a notorious drug dealer, Vince Cummings, are found murdered together, Danie’s activities come to light, and he and his family find themselves in mortal danger. Danie is also threatened with criminal prosecution on behalf of a government desperate to maintain good relations with the apartheid regime. Danie knows he’s sailed close to the wind. But has he become an outlaw? Can Ben Schroeder persuade a jury that the answer is no?
A bitter and powerful story about South Africa’s Apartheid; be prepared to love this story and their characters. This is a book that will move you on your deepest core.
This is the story of Danie du Plessis and Amy Coetzee; they meet and fall in love; but seeing that their love is not accepted in the 1964 South Africa, they decide to fly and settle in Cambridge. They have a good life there but feel that they need to help their country and began giving funds to activists against the Apartheid. Sadly; everything will turn sour when two dangerous men are killed and Danie becomes the main suspect.
Even if the plot seems quite complex; the story is quite easy to follow and become addicted to it; a love between an interracial couple that is not yet welcomed, a country that is not living their best moment and the politics that they always have a secret agenda…
I love learning about other countries, not about their horrible moments in history, but it’s always good to learn something new. I’ll admit that I didn’t know the extreme racism situation that was in South Africa for so many years. But happy to have read this book and learnt something more to horrify me about the human past. Really, the quote “Live and Let Live” should be the first law around the world!
If you are looking for a historical mystery; with real characters and learning a little bit about South Africa, this is your book.
Are you ready to “To Become An Outlaw”?
About The Author
Peter Murphy graduated from Cambridge University and spent a career in the law, as an advocate, teacher, and judge. He has worked both in England and the United States, and served for several years as counsel at the Yugoslavian War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. As well as Verbal, the seventh book in the Ben Schroeder series, he has written two political thrillers about the US presidency, Removal and Test of Resolve. His latest series, featuring Judge Walden, returned in 2019 with a fresh series of cases. He lives in Cambridgeshire.