Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (6)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

An Underworld Exposed

By Mandy Wiener

Published by: Pan Macmillan South Africa
Publishing Date: April 2011
ISBN: 9781770101326

In September 2005 one of South Africa’s most prominent mining magnates and businessmen Brett Kebble was killed on a quiet suburban street in Johannesburg. The top-level investigation into the case that followed was a tipping point for democratic South Africa, exposing the corrupt relationship between the country’s Chief of Police and Interpol President Jackie Selebi and suave Mafioso Glenn Agliotti. A lawless Johannesburg underbelly was revealed – dominated by drug lords, steroid-filled bouncers, an international smuggling syndicate, a shady security unit moonlighting for the police and sinister self-serving sleuths abusing state agencies.

Indemnified by an agreement struck with the state, Kebble’s killers Mikey Schultz, Nigel McGurk and Faizel ‘Kappie’ Smith come clean to Mandy Wiener in exclusive interviews about the events of the night Kebble was shot dead. As Wiener unpacks the chilling events we are given insight into the accounts of the life paths leading the ‘bungling assassins’ to Kebble’s killing. The man accused of orchestrating Kebble’s murder Glenn Agliotti has provided Wiener with exclusive access to his story, as have a cast of other characters whose versions of the events are as yet untold.

About the Author:
Mandy Wiener is an award-winning Eyewitness News journalist. She has been covering this story for five years and has unrivalled access to the main role players.

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Why we are waiting for this:

Tarryn is waiting for it because: There are some scary facts that people have not heard about yet, as well as some intriguing photographs. This book exposes the underbelly of Johannesburg gangs, as well as highlight how easy it is to feel sympathy for the bad guy. We think we have our city sussed out, but every page of this book is sure to raise the hairs and chill the spine.
For years I have listened to Mandy report the case on 702, finding myself leaning in closer to the radio with mouth agape as the story unfolded. To have it-and more-in a book is a gift and I cannot wait to get my hands on this book and-probably-look at every person I meet with a more sceptical eye.

Kelly is waiting for this because: Killing Kebble is a one and only of its kind!  Mandy manages to cut open the belly of the beast of Johannesburg's criminal underworld.  Told in the original voices (grammatical errors and all) of Mikey Shultz, Glen Aggliotti and others, is what sets this book apart from all the other “Kebble” stories.  A Mining Magnet gets tangled in some shady business and then he is found dead?  Who killed him?  Was it murder?....
Mandy, a hard-core award-winning journalist and even nicer Gal, exposes the gangster world with intrigue and hard hitting facts.  I have to give my props to a woman who can sit down and have a beer with a group of gangsters!


Jan von Harz said...

Wow this sound amazing. Great pick!

Majanka Verstraete said...

This seems like a dark and angsty novel. The cover is sort of eerie as well. It might be a bit too dark for my taste.

Anna said...

Haven't haerd of it before but sounds quite interesting.Thanks for sharing!

Mia said...

Ooh! This sounds like an intense read. Thanks for sharing :)

Jess (Gone with the Words) said...

Sounds intense! Great pick!

Hope you get a chance to stop by Gone with the Words and check out what I'm Waiting On this Wednesday!!

Liz said...

Yeah this sounds pretty intense. Think I'll wait for you review and see what you think about this first. =]

That's What Liz Read

Jess - A Book Hoarder said...

Ummm holy crap I want to read this. Great pick, thanks!

The Book Angel said...

This sounds like an interesting read! I'll probably keep an eye out for your review before I run and grab it! My list is already HUGE ha ha.

My Waiting on Wednesday is:

Tribute Books Mama said...

here's mine

Beth said...

Wow. This is really interesting and disturbing all at once. This seems like a very thought provoking piece.

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