Clan Destine Press
Present Tense is a riveting hard-boiled police procedural set in modern South Africa.
Veteran cop Schalk Lourens is trying to put the past behind him. But when his old boss, retired police chief Piet Pieterse, is murdered Schalk finds history has a way of infecting everything.
Meanwhile, it’s also an election year. People are pinning their hopes on charismatic ANC candidate Gideon Radebe but there’s opposition and in this volatile country, unrest is never far from the surface.
Schalk must tread a difficult path between the new regime and the old, between the personal and the professional, between justice and revenge.
Natalie Conyer was born and grew up in Cape Town, so she knows the physical and political landscape of her novel’s setting.
Currently in the last stages of a Doctor of Creative Arts in (of course) crime fiction, Natalie now lives in Sydney with Henry, the world’s most affable cat.
Her short stories have won several awards in the Scarlet Stiletto competition run by Sisters in Crime Australia.
Present Tense is now available for pre-order. It will have two launches before being available to the world.
Natalie will appear at the Terror Australis Festival in Cygnet Tasmania, where Present Tense will be launched on Friday November 1 in the Hall of Writers.
The TAF theme is Murder She Wrote, and the festival runs from 31 October to 5 November.
Back in her hometown of Sydney Natalie’s book launch will be on 4pm on Sunday 10 November at Gleebooks in Glebe.