Somewhere in South Africa, a farm comes under heavy attack. No shooters in sight. Only one thing is certain: The attackers are savagely resolute. A diverse group of people barricade themselves inside the farmhouse: black and white; women, men, and children; bosses and workers; a police officer; random visitors. Who is the target of the attack? What has motivated it? Politics? Revenge? Greed? Drugs? Weapons? But do the people outside know more than those indoors? The snipers who are trying to operate in the dark of night? Who will die, who will survive? Who is pulling the strings? Who will be the winners, who will be the losers? And how long can eight hours actually be?
Eight hours, minute by minute. Constant changes in perspective, piercing precision. An explosive mixture of psychological thriller and Neo-western with a political subtext.
"Annas's writing is crisp and tense, with not a word wasted, as we follow the bitter fight for survival." — Sunday Times (South Africa)
"On a remote farm, in what reads like a South African crime novel version of Night of the Living Dead, a diverse group of strangers with little in common are under siege by violent attackers. Those inside must work together not only to survive, but to understand why they’re being targeted in the first place." — CrimeReads "Five International Novels You Should Read This September"
"A subtle, intelligent crime novel that leads with action and judiciously drip feeds character and meaning into the story along the way.”—Crime Time
- German Crime Prize