DescriptionEight Hours. Minute by Minute.
Somewhere in South Africa, a farm comes under heavy attack. No shooters in sight. Only one thing is certain: The attackers are savagely resolute. A diverse group of people barricade themselves inside the farmhouse: black and white; women, men, and children; bosses and workers; a police officer; random visitors. Who is the target of the attack? What has motivated it? Politics? Revenge? Greed? Drugs? Weapons? But do the people outside know more than those indoors? The snipers who are trying to operate in the dark of night? Who will die, who will survive? Who is pulling the strings? Who will be the winners, who will be the losers? And how long can eight hours actually be?
Eight hours, minute by minute. Constant changes in perspective, piercing precision. An explosive mixture of psychological thriller and Neo-western with a political subtext.
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"Annas works like a film director, bombarding us with shot and counter-shot. The reader races to the explosion... an actual shootout. The Wall is a fantastic, yet very funny, novel... Fast, hard and dangerous. A cheetah in book form." Die Welt (review of the German edition)
"Fear and distrust of anyone who counts as 'the other.' [...]...jam-packed with action, thrills and suspense. A brilliant success!" Deutschlandradio Kultur (review of the German edition)
"Ducking, hiding, running - these are what drive the novel's dynamics, its minute-by-minute choreography. Instincts dictate behaviors. In this case: prejudice, aversions, and racism." Süddeutsche Zeitung (review of the German edition)
"This novel unspools at a sprint: split seconds decide over life and death, twists and turns are plotted with an author's stopwatch, multiple strands entangling, separating, knotting up--with fateful, in the end also fatal consequences. The Wall is a portrait in black and white of the new South Africa, with fully realized characters--even the police dog has psychological depth--drawn from across this dynamic country's fragmented society. The Wall is also, as the title suggests, an allegory of both enclosure and separation: characters locked in their gated communities, locked inside their lives--or locked out. What a romp!" --Jeff Garrett, librarian and co-owner Bookends and Beginnings bookstore
"Max Annas deftly weaves together suspense, humour, and social commentary in a fast-paced story about class conflict and survival. The Wall is a taut, captivating thriller. Highly recommended." --Sam Wiebe, award-winning author of Invisible Dead and Cut You Down.
"The Wall keeps the reader running alongside the protagonist who goes searching for help in the wrong place at the wrong time. Set in South Africa, this movie-like thriller is a must-read for anyone who loves fast-paced action." Anja Gutbrod-Pollitz, Towne Center Books, Pleasanton California
"Sometimes a crime novel comes along that hits pay dirt. The Wall is one of those. It takes you up and rushes you through to the mad-cap ending and leaves you wanting more. The characters are wonderful, their antics more so, and, to top it all, the story is laugh out loud hilarious. Long have I suspected that this is how life plays out in South Africa's gated communities. If you like your crime fiction fast and funny, then The Wall is your book." Mike Nicol, author of Agents of State and Sleeper
"The Wall was a thrilling chase through an unusual and surprisingly frightening setting: a well-to-do gated community in South Africa [...] Moses is a compelling every-man protagonist, caught up in a case of mistaken identity, and the cinematic quality to the story telling takes you running right alongside him as he eludes capture." --Natalie Draper, Richmond Public Library (Virginia)
"[Annas] turns this cat and mouse game into a life and death struggle that catches you up in its drama and suspense." --Lively Arts magazine
"The Wall is a breathless, irrepressible thriller that packs a punch." --NB Magazine
"[A] refreshing snappy crime caper" --The Herald (South Africa)
Annas's writing is crisp and tense, with not a word wasted, as we follow the bitter fight for survival. -- Sunday Times (South Africa) On a remote farm, in what reads like a South African crime novel version of Night of the Living Dead, a diverse group of strangers with little in common are under siege by violent attackers. Those inside must work together not only to survive, but to understand why they're being targeted in the first place. -- CrimeReads Five International Novels You Should Read This September A subtle, intelligent crime novel that leads with action and judiciously drip feeds character and meaning into the story along the way."--Crime Time