Our Fathers - Karin Brynard (Paperback)

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In one of Stellenbosch’s most affluent areas an apparent house break-in goes awry, leaving a millionaire property developer’s beautiful wife dead. Inspector Albertus Beeslaar is reluctantly drawn into the investigation. Soon this picturesque town begins to reveal its dark underbelly.

Product Details

31 Dec 2017
Content Source
South African
Supply Source
South Africa


Karin Brynard
Paperback / softback
Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
Number of Pages
234 x 153 x 15mm (475g)


In one of Stellenbosch's most affluent areas an apparent house break-in goes awry, leaving a millionaire property developer's beautiful wife dead. Inspector Albertus Beeslaar, in town to visit a former colleague, is reluctantly drawn in to the investigation led by the formidable Captain Vuyokazi Qhubeka of the Stellenbosch SAPS. Soon this picturesque town with its historic white gables, world-famous wineries and big money begins to reveal its dark underbelly. Fifteen hundred kilometres to the north, Sergeant Johannes Ghaap is thrust into a drama of his own as he races to save a kidnapped woman and her child, who are being held captive in Soweto. Fate will steer him to The Fatha - a man capable of such evil that most consider him a mere urban legend ... Our Fathers is the translation of the Afrikaans bestseller Onse vaders, a novel that sees the return of Karin Brynard's much-loved hero Beeslaar and establishes Brynard as one of the country's finest writers of crime fiction.


General Subject
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Crime
BISAC Subject 2
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
BIC Classification 1
Crime & mystery

Author Bio

Karin Brynard's crime novels have been published in Afrikaans, English, German, French and Dutch to great acclaim, having won the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize, two M-Net awards, and an atkv prize for prose. Her most recent novel in Afrikaans, Tuisland, shot to the top of the bestseller list in the country when it was published in June 2016. Having worked as a journalist and political correspondent for Rapport for many years, she now writes full time. She lives in Stellenbosch. www.karinbrynard.com.

Customer Reviews

‘Our Fathers’ is a book to be savoured and enjoyed

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A taut police thriller that is meticulously researched, finely crafted and superbly executed, ‘Our Father’ is a clear statement that crime writing in South Africa is alive and well and in the hands of Karin Brynard.

‘Our Fathers’ tells two concurrent stories – Inspector Albertus Beeslaar is visiting Stellenbosch when he is dragged unwillingly into the investigation into a murder that threatens to split the historic town apart, while Sergeant Johannes Ghaap struggles to adjust to life in Gauteng as he desperately hunts for a missing woman and child.

While the plots are revealed slowly, it is the intricacies laid in the first few chapters that make ‘Our Fathers’ so much more than a typical crime novel. But Brynard’s main strength is her characters – believable heroes and anti-heroes draw the reader in through her skilful and subtle exposure of emotion and motivation, augmented by enough eccentricity to make them interesting.

Indeed, ‘Our Fathers’ is a book to be savoured and enjoyed – rather like a bottle of good red wine from Stellenbosch!