Blood Trail by Tony Park
Tony Park writes page-turning, action-adventure reads that explore the topical issues in Africa, and Blood Trail is no exception.
Mia Greenaway is an expert tracker but is baffled when a poacher appears to vanish into thin air. Has she done something wrong, missed some clues, or is it perhaps witchcraft that some of the local people believe in?
Captain Sannie van Rensburg is grieving the loss of her husband; only her children and her job are keeping her going. But her latest case is proving to be confronting. Teenage girls have been abducted, and there is a fear that their disappearance is linked to sinister medical practices that will put them in grave danger.
Then a teenage tourist also goes missing, and Mia and Sannie must work together with a host of other characters to find the missing teenagers and find out how the poachers seem to keep vanishing into thin air.
Like Tony Park’s previous novels, Blood Trail is a visceral read, not for the faint-hearted. But it’s also an intelligent read that explores the real problems of poaching in Africa, and in this book, the added problems in South Africa of the Covid-19 lockdowns, the loss of businesses and income, and the rising crime. Blood Trail is a fast-paced read of life and death, set amid great beauty with glimpses of magnificent wildlife.
Reviewer: Karen McMillan