Author(s): Richard Mason
One of the Best Books of the Year: Newsday, The Times, The Observer, Mail on Sunday
This "gorgeous treat of a novel" (The Times, Book of the Month) is a funny, sexy, irreverent, and intensely moving portrait of what unites human beings when their sacred mysteries are blown apart. Avoiding the trauma of the First World War, Piet Barol heads into Africa's greatest forest. With a business to build and secrets to escape, he's running out of time to make his own luck. His African guides have reasons of their own for taking him to their ancestral lands - where he finds a prize beyond his wildest imaginings.
To get it, he must use every weapon at his disposal. As the story moves to its devastating conclusion, every character becomes a suspect, and Piet's gamble sets him on a collision course with forces he cannot control. An exquisite, deeply human tale of temptation and theft, set against the extraordinary backdrop of history in the making, Who Killed Piet Barol? affirms Richard Mason's place among the great writers of our time.
Described as compelling and memorable, Who Killed Piet Barol? is the sequel to History of a Pleasure Seeker, and continues to follow the charming and handsome Piet Barol as he and his wife suffer the unravelling of their decadent lifestyle amongst the French aristocracy.
Anastasia, The Book Grocer