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Dark Traces

Dark Traces

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A dark, intriguing, and satisfying tale with strong characters.

--Kirkus (Starred Review)

They find her body in the veld near Cape Town, South Africa. A teenager. She's not the first. Recently widowed Detective Jan Magson has to look mothers and fathers in the eye. Has to answer their questions. He can't. He can't even answer his estranged son's questions about how his wife died. Alone with his pistol at night, a good man faces his inner darkness.

A tense and grisly debut novel of suspense from South Africa.--Kirkus, starred review

After obtaining degrees in Psychology and Criminology, Martin Steyn studied serial killers and profiling. Dark Traces is his first novel in English.

Author: Martin Steyn
Publisher: Catalyst Press
Published: 10/24/2017
Pages: 352
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.70lbs
Size: 7.80h x 5.00w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9781946395016
Age Range: 18-UP

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 08/01/2017
Kirkus Reviews 09/15/2017 pg. 21

About the Author
Martin Steyn began writing Stephen King-inspired horror stories in his teens. Given his interest in the darker recesses of human beings, it was probably unavoidable that he would become fascinated by serial killers. After obtaining degrees in Psychology and Criminology, he studied serial killers and profiling. He also wrote seven true crime articles for the Crime Library website.

But the dream was always to write fiction, particularly realistic crime fiction. This led to much research into the South African Police Service and its forensic units. In 2014 Donker Spoor was published by LAPA Uitgewers, and was awarded the ATKV-Woordveertjie for Suspense Fiction the following year. In 2017 it will be published in English as Dark Traces. Steyn is the translator for Dark Traces.

Steyn prefers to tell the story through the eyes of the detective, that individual with the extraordinary task of finding justice for those whose final chapter ends up being written in a murder docket.

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