Rhodesia, 1943: Paul Bryant hasn’t been able to get back in a plane since a fatal bombing mission over Germany. So, instead, the Squadron Leader is flying a desk at a pilot training school at Kumalo air base. But one of his trainees has just been reported missing.
Pip Lovejoy, a volunteer policewoman, is also trying to suppress painful memories. When Felicity Langham, a high profile WAAF from the air base, is found raped and murdered, Pip and Bryant’s paths cross.
Suspicion immediately falls on the local black community, but Pip’s investigations unearth a link between the Squadron Leader, the controversial heiress Catherine De Beers and the dead woman, which throws the case in a new, disturbing direction.
What Pip thinks is a singular crime of passion soon escalates into a crisis that could change the course of the war.
Researching a book can be fun. Here I am (several years ago with a nice head of hair) checking out a vintage Harvard training aircraft, the type that features in my Second World War drama, African Sky. It was even more fun for my wife who went for a joyride. Her experiences were partly recalled by plucky Pip Lovejoy, the book's leading lady.
Tony Park was born in 1964 and grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney. He has worked as a newspaper reporter in Australia and England, a government press secretary, a public relations consultant, and a freelance writer.
He also served 34 years in the Australian Army Reserve, including six months in Afghanistan in 2002.
He and his wife divide their time between two homes, one in Sydney and another in South Africa on the border of the Kruger National Park.