Safari guide and private investigator Hudson Brand hunts people, not animals. He’s on the trail of Linley Brown who’s been named as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy.
Linley’s friend, Kate, supposedly died in a fiery car accident in Zimbabwe, but Kate’s sister wants to believe it is an elaborate fraud.
South African detective Sannie van Rensburg is also looking for Linley, as well as a serial killer who has been murdering prostitutes on Sannie’s watch. Top of her list of suspects is Hudson Brand.
Sannie and Hudson cross paths and swords as they track the elusive Linley from South Africa and Zimbabwe to the wilds of Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve.
Tony Park chats with John Purcell about his book The Hunter.
The opening scene of The Hunter, in which Hudson Brand confronts a lion on the bridge over the Sabie River, at the main entrance to the Kruger National Park was inspired by this real life experience I had there one morning.
Private investigator Hudson Brand lives in a private nature reserve in South Africa, as do I for much of my time in Africa. This is me having sundowner drinks with a friend near my house.
THE HUNTER by Tony Park, UK: Quercus Books
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.