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David Dison

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Welcome to the David Dison Blog

David DisonWelcome to my blog.

I am working on my next Nossel novel, looking at a mystery hostage-taking in Joburg that reveals the depths of xenophobia in this town.

Once again the old gumshoe/lawyer becomes embroiled, unable to resolve his love/hate relationship with the city and the New Republic.

And as I write the book, the drama in our town is exacerbated daily by the creaking infrastructure of our beloved republic, and the new dynamics thrown up by an intense competition for resources and energy.

Absurd graft, corruption and murder stories abound to such an extent that I am driven to avoid dealing with these topics other than in a bemused manner in the new novel – how could I conjure up anything stranger than the actual sleaze that the press hurls at us on a daily basis. Chiefs of police arresting prosecutors who are nailing them for murder and graft, leaders being indicted and counter-indicting, aah where will it all end, I ask you?

But with all the sleaze as ever-present background, old Nossel burrows away in another strange fact complex, all the time trying to reconcile his questions of identity and fate…piling his way towards a truth, for him and his beloved country, beyond the ever-present sleaze. Can Nossel get there?