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The Northern Advocate - - Books - Tony Nielsen

The Wolf Hour BY Sarah Myles, Allen & Unwin, $32.99

Aus­tralian au­thor Sarah Myles has con­jured up a thriller that races across Africa, while un­pick­ing the re­la­tion­ships be­tween two adult chil­dren, and their Aus­tralian­based par­ents.

Sib­lings Tessa and Stephen are both in Africa, she work­ing with help­ing child soldiers re­cover from trauma in Uganda, he in Capetown liv­ing on the edge of a le­gal busi­ness in­volv­ing gun run­ning and more.

When rebels kid­nap Tessa in a re­mote and dan­ger­ous lo­ca­tion her par­ents’ re­la­tion­ship be­gins to dis­in­te­grate as they rush to Africa. Stephen is called upon and man­ages to mount a res­cue mis­sion.

While The Wolf Hour is a seat-ofthe-pants thriller, with many balls in the air, it’s also about the dy­nam­ics of a fam­ily in which the past is no longer rel­e­vant to the present. Can Tessa be res­cued, can her fa­ther cope with the dark­ness that has de­scended on the re­la­tion­ships within his fam­ily? —

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