Evil is at play in a South African game reserve.
A poacher vanishes into thin air, defying logic, and baffling ace tracker Mia Greenaway.
Meanwhile Captain Sannie van Rensburg, still reeling from a personal tragedy, is investigating the disappearance of two young girls who locals fear have been abducted for use in sinister traditional medicine practices.
But poachers are also employing witchcraft, paying healers for potions they believe will make them invisible and bulletproof.
When a tourist goes missing, Mia and Sannie must work together to confront their own demons – which challenges everything they believe in – while following a bloody trail that seems to vanish at every turn.
When and where do you prefer to write?
Wherever I happen to be in Africa, either my house in a South African game reserve, or on the road. However, I had to write my latest, ‘Blood Trail’, under lockdown in my two-bedroom apartment in Sydney, my other home. It was a new experience.
Do you need peace and quiet when you are wrting?
I’m able to shut out the rest of the world while writing, so not necessarily. Pre-covid I did a lot of writing in aeroplanes, or by a waterhole with elephants trumpeting or lions roaring. A routine is more important to me than peace and quiet – I have to hit my daily word count to keep producing a book a year.
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I’ve co-written seven biographies, with two more on the way, with some fantastic people. I think it would be hard to co-write a novel, but if I did, it would have been with my hero, the late John Gordon Davis, who was the best writer, ever, of African fiction.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
People pay money at charity auctions to have their names used as characters in my novels (Blood Trail is full of good people’s names) and I’m sure some are less than happy if they end up as the villain. For that reason, I should volunteer to be the baddy, for a taste of my own medicine.
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
The late John Gordon Davis, or my other favourite author, Nelson Demille, the US thriller writer. He’s got a dry sense of humour and sharp tongue, so I’d need to bring my A Game.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
In bed, with a beer.
Where can I find you wen you are not writing/reading?
That parallel universe does not exist, sorry. Seriously, as I write this I am writing my next novel at Nantwich Lodge, a safari camp in Zimbabwe. My wife and I are shareholders, so we spend as much time here as we can. (www.nantwichlodge.com)
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
“Very nice, now put it down and get back to editing your next novel.”
How do you come up with a title for your book?
I don’t, I am rubbish at picking titles. I think that of my 19 novels and seven biographies, I have successfully come up with the title for exactly one book. I leave titles to my publisher – she’s very good at it.
How do you pick a cover for your book?
I don’t, my publisher does. As with titles, I think it’s important for authors to realise that they are not the expert in every field of human endeavour. I have wonderful publishers and brilliant designers and I’m always wowed by what they come up with.
Thanks for your great questions!
Thank you, Tony Park and Zooloo’s Book Tours
About the author
Tony Park is the author of 19 bestselling thriller novels set in Africa and six non fiction biographies.
Tony had worked as a reporter, a press secretary, a PR consultant and a freelance write, He also served 34 years in the Australian Army Reserve, including six months in Afghanistan in 2002.
Tony and his wife, Nicola, divide their time between Sydney and southern Africa, where they own a home on the border of the Kruger National Park. Tony’s 18th novel, Last Survivor went to number one in adult fiction in South Africa.