Chapter 1/EXECUTION IN THE MORNING

October 24, 2018

Want to know what's in store? Get it here. Every few days or so for the next number of weeks, I will be posting regular excerpts from each chapter, to give you a taste of this drama about a journalist's search for truth, freedom...and revenge.

Here's the first - ENJOY!

He went to the front door to fetch the morning paper. The kettle boiled as he unfurled the newspaper and scanned the front page. There it was, just below the fold:

“Van Staden’s Last Ditch Appeal Fails

Convicted murderer due to hang tomorrow.

It wasn’t his story, nor was it his newspaper. He worked on the opposition weekly, although the morning Natal Mercury was his alma mater. It was where the now familiar “by Adam Marks” by-line had first appeared. 

Now he was to cover - for the first time – an execution;  that of Hannes van Staden, a naïve 21-year-old farm boy from the far Northern Transvaal, who was condemned to hang by the neck until dead for his role in the murder of his lover’s husband.

Adam was to meet Van Staden’s family and to spend the night with them – a Death Watch; recording this tragic, pathetic human drama so that the 100,000-strong Tribune readership could drool over their Sunday morning bacon and eggs slurping up every column inch of this family’s agony...

 

To read more about Adam Marks and his daunting assignment, get the book from Amazon as a print or Kindle version: https://www.amazon.com/dp/171890276X

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