Payback

“They said I was a victim, fallen prey to Stockholm Syndrome, under the thrall of my captor. If that’s what it took to see me released from prison early, I wasn’t going to dispute it in a court of law. 

No way was Sue ever going to surrender. She went out, guns blazing, and when she did, that bitch Thabisa Tswane killed her.

I stood slowly, my feet numb after kneeling for so long. I picked up a handful of soil, held it tight in my fist and closed my eyes. Gripping the dark earth that was once stained with Sue’s blood, I swore revenge.”

PRINT VERSION Buy the print version (hard copy) from Modjaji Books directly      

R290.00

DATE

April 2022

GENRE

Crime Fiction
i

PAGES

260

ISBN

978-1-928433-37-8

Payback

“They said I was a victim, fallen prey to Stockholm Syndrome, under the thrall of my captor. If that’s what it took to see me released from prison early, I wasn’t going to dispute it in a court of law. 

No way was Sue ever going to surrender. She went out, guns blazing, and when she did, that bitch Thabisa Tswane killed her.

I stood slowly, my feet numb after kneeling for so long. I picked up a handful of soil, held it tight in my fist and closed my eyes. Gripping the dark earth that was once stained with Sue’s blood, I swore revenge.”

Payback is author Priscilla Holmes’s second Thabisa Tswane thriller. 

Thabisa Tswane has it all: a loving and supportive husband, two beautiful children, a house in Joburg’s Northern suburbs. Sure, the handsome and mysterious Zakhele Khumalo is away from home often for a job he can’t talk about, but Thabisa understands how it works in his world. After all, it is her world, too. Recently promoted to Major at The Eagles, South Africa’s elite crime-fighting unit, she’s been asked to investigate Victor Maseko – South Africa’s wealthiest and most notorious businessman. All his attention seems focused on the construction and launch of The Maseko building, an embarrassingly opulent shrine to himself. But the people in his inner circle have a nasty habit of dying brutal deaths… And when Maseko’s wife Zibu is shot in Thabisa’s presence, Major Tswane knows she’s caught up in the middle of a web she has yet to untangle. 

There are days when the village of Nguni Intile, famous for its intricate beadwork and home of Thabisa’s grandfather, Chief Solenkosi, seems a lifetime away. But will evil follow Thabisa all the way to her childhood home?

Priscilla Holmes

Priscilla Holmes was born in England and has lived in Austria, Hong Kong, Zambia, Australia and now South Africa. Most of her working life was spent as a communications consultant. Her first book, a teenage novel, The Children of Mer, was published in 2004. She runs creative writing workshops in Cape Town and has collaborated on two novels with her writing groups. 

Whilst living Johannesburg for fourteen years, Priscilla spent a lot of time in the Eastern Cape. She and her husband now live in Somerset West.

Priscilla Holmes's author page

“Holmes knows how to write a sex scene. That’s probably the understatement of the century. More than that she does really well to build up chemistry between characters – whether it is sexual, or otherwise, until you almost want to shout at them through the pages because it’s so palpable. It’s fast paced and exciting.” Jen Thorpe

“A raw, raunchy thriller that interlinks remotest rural South Africa with affluent Johannesburg suburbia, asking questions of each and weaving a tale so rich and twisting that any reader will enjoy tracking it.” –  Tim Butcher, on Now I See You

“A gripping, fast moving crime novel keeps the pages turning.” Penny de Vries

“Now I See You is a modern-day thriller with dark undertones.  It contains love and jealousy, human cruelty and sexual obsession, as well as humour and pathos.  Part detective-story, part-elegy for a lost culture, it highlights the enormous changes that have happened, especially for young women in the years since the first democratic elections in South Africa. Thabisa Tswane (the feisty protagonist) is caught between two cultures; Now I See You thrusts her into a powerful plot and some dark and dangerous situations.” Joanne Hichens

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