South African crime fiction has been making splashes on the international scene of late, with SA crime novels appearing on best-seller lists all over the world. Well, the splashes are about to turn into a tsunami, because next Tuesday April 24th ‘When in Broad Daylight I Open My Eyes’ is being launched at The Book Lounge on Roeland street.
The book is billed as a psychosexual thriller. I don’t know if it is one or it isn’t because, honestly, I don’t know what that means. Is that a thing? What it definitely is though, is a good old-fashioned keep you up all night, make you check twice under the bed and three times behind the curtains, whodunit psychological thriller. It’s set in a Cape Town rendered so gritty and edgy that you’ll wonder why Hitchcock didn’t set all his films here. It’ll make you suspect everyone you’ve ever met is a psychopathic, kleptomaniac mass-murderer. And it’ll make you want to arm yourself to the hilt every time you’re within a mile of Newlands Forest.
Let us proceed with caution: things are not what they seem. For starters, Greg Lazarus is actually a composite of husband-and-wife writers Greg Fried and Lisa Lazarus. Lisa is a psychologist/freelance novelist, and her spouse is a UCT philosopher/writer.
Broad Daylight is a whodunnit which features (surprise!) the curious adventures of a psychologist (female) and a philosopher (male). Write what you know, as various literary sages have enjoined us over the aeons. And the couple do just that. And it kinda works, particularly if you happen to be a thriller fan with a penchant for mysterious woo-woo stuff, punctuated by wry philosophical asides.