by Ingrid Winterbach
(Human & Rousseau; R282) Taut, lyrical and layered, this new novel by one of SA’S greats explores issues ranging from creative expression to violence. At its centre is Nick Steyn, an artist bruised by a failed romance and haunted by the disappearance of a photographer friend. But there is much more, as the story deepens with power and subtlety, sweeping in a murder and an elusive novelist. A mesmerising literary read.