Monday, March 30, 2015
Review of A Dark Redemption by Stav Sherez (Faber, 2012)
A Dark Redemption is a police procedural with a strong political inflection concerning rebel child armies in Northern Uganda. The strength of the story is its nice prose and cadence, the contextualisation and the handling of the subject matter, and a nice sense of place with respect to the seedier parts of London. Carrigan and Miller are both troubled cops who are struggling in their personal lives and at work. In A Dark Redemption, Sherez focuses in particular on the back story of Carrigan and his approach to the death of a Ugandan student, though Miller has more substance than a one-dimensional side kick. Similarly other characters are nicely penned, such as a London-based political activist. The plot was interesting and compelling, though some elements didn’t quite ring true, and there is a reliance of plot devices at times. There is though a nice twist towards the end that I didn’t see coming. Overall, an engaging police procedural that tackles a weighty political issue head on.