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My Yudel Gordon books are crime novels with a difference. They have been read and enjoyed by people all over the world. The feedback I have received from readers most often tells me that they were gripped by the exciting stories, but they also learnt a great deal about South Africa.
Yudel is a psychologist in middle age, who has spent his entire adult life in South African prisons. The books begin in apartheid years, a time in which a Jewish civil servant with liberal views was a fish out of water. The stories continue after the end of apartheid, rounding out a recent history of South Africa through the thriller genre.
Around the world, critics have placed the Yudel Gordon novels into the category of best books and given them five stars. Their book recommendations have been most valuable, especially because they see the Yudel Gordon stories as good books. Having said all that, my books are not written for the critics. They are written for the general intelligent reader. For this reason I am delighted to offer a book free download of my new Yudel Gordon novel, The League of Geniuses. With this book, the story of a bank robbery by a team of highly flawed geniuses, I am looking give something back to my many readers of the past and offering it as an introduction to new readers.
I am sure you will enjoy The League of Geniuses and the other Yudel Gordon books on offer. I have seen to it that they are all available at truly affordable prices.
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A League of Geniuses
Dr Cyril Daniels, of the Department of Corrections, is nearing retirement and is dissatisfied with his pension. But under his care are extremely talented criminals. If he can harness their talents, he can pull off a bank job that will give him a comfortable retirement.
But those under his care are all insane. And Yudel Gordon, his colleague and friend has become aware that something is brewing.
Daniels’s team includes a brilliant hypnotist who is a schizophrenic, a safecracker who suffers from multiple personality syndrome, an alarm specialist whose left hand is in rebellion against his brain, and a getaway driver who once won Le Mans. Daniels has to prevent their lunacy from causing the whole enterprise to descend into farce.
Yudel cannot allow the bank to be robbed, but he also cannot face seeing Daniels imprisoned and his dying wife, Charlotte, deserted. Problems, conflicts and Daniels’s need for sudden wealth are compounded into a story full of both thrills and laughter.
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A Lonely Place To Die
The South African highveld, 1977
Muskiet Lesoro, terrified and schizophrenic, is accused of the murder of the local member of parliament’s son. All agree he had enough motive to murder the violent and racist young man. But this was a poisoning and, Lesoro did not have the control to be a poisoner
Yudel finds a society in which the truth is a carefully guarded secret and the townspeople, the people of the nearby black township, and the priests and brothers of a hillside monastery: all live in fear.
Yudel’s own life is at risk as he asks the questions no one else has dared ask.
Divide The Night
Johannesburg, South Africa, 1974
“From the place where Cissy stood watching, she could see the door dearly. Through the narrow opening she had been able to see the stack of biscuit boxes.
“The cement floor was cold. “Come out. I don’t want any trouble.” Cissy pushed the boxes away and scrambled out, her hands clasped together. “Please, Mister. Me and my brother are very hungry.”
Cissy Abrahamse was the eighth person to die in or near the store room of the Twin Sisters café. Most were street children, tempted by the half open door. The killer in every case was the aged café owner Johnny Weizmann.
But Weizmann is compelled to visit prison psychologist Yudel Gordon whose treatment brings him into conflict with the security police and Munto Majola, a mysterious black activist. The connection between the activist, the old murderer and the security police is a puzzle that complicates the search for a way to stop Weizmann killing again.