|The Devil's Feather 魔鬼的羽毛
[ 2006-11-14 14:08 ]
Author: Minette Walters
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With private security firms supplying bodyguards
in every theatre of war, who will notice the emergence of a sexual
psychopath from the ranks of the mercenaries?
When five women are brutally murdered in Sierra Leone, Reuters
correspondent Connie Burns questions the arrest of three rebel
soldiers for the crimes. No one listens. In the wake of a vicious
civil war that saw hundreds of thousands killed and displaced, the
rape and murder of women is of little consequence. And who cares if
child soldiers are beaten into a confession?
With little to go on, except her witnessing of a savage attack on
a prostitute, Connie believes that a foreigner is responsible. A man
who claims to have been in the SAS and works as a bodyguard to a
Lebanese diamond trader. She remembers him from Kinshasa when he was
a mercenary for Laurent Kabila's regime, and she suspects he uses
the chaos of war to act out sadistic fantasies against women.
Two years later in Iraq, the consequences of her second attempt
to expose him are devastating. Terrified, degraded and destroyed,
she goes into hiding in England and tries to rebuild the person she
was before being subjected to three days of conditioning in a
Born in Bishop's Stortford,
England, Minette Walters was educated in Salisbury and went to
Durham University where she read French and German. She then became
magazine editor as well as a romance novelist. In 1992 she turned to
murder and was immediately very successful: her first crime novel
won the John Creasey award in 1992 for best first crime novel. Her
next two novels also won awards: The Sculptress won the 1994
Macavity and Edgar Awards for Best Novel; The Scold's Bridle won the
Gold Dagger also in 1994.