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Margie Orford Discusses Her Interest in SA’s “Underbelly of Unresolved Rage and Conflict”

Water MusicMargie Orford spoke to Sue Grant-Marshall about her latest in the Clare Hart crime series, Water Music. Grant-Marshall writes that Orford “has finally made friends with her main protagonist”, who she describes as being a bit tricky, and so there will probably be two more books in the series.

Orford commented that, “What fascinates me about South Africa is the political transformation and yet there is an underbelly of unresolved rage and conflict. Somehow the two have to be integrated. How we do this is what interests me.”

There are no sunsets in South African crime writer Margie Orford’s books, mainly because she shares Mark Twain’s view that if you see an adjective, “kill it”.

She elaborates on her approach during a Joburg visit to launch her latest Clare Hart thriller, Water Music (Jonathan Ball). “A crime novel is about action. Furthermore, the subject matter of this latest book is fairly harrowing. I tried to distil it so that you ‘feel and do and see’ but don’t spend time fiddling around with sunsets.”

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