When a doyenne of English society reveals she has killed her black cook - who was also her lover - Kommandant van Heerden, the new police chief, does all within his misguided power to stop the news leaking out, and to thwart a fashionable trend to taking black lovers.
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When Miss Hazelstone of Jacaranda Park kills her Zulu cook in a sensational crime of passion, the gallant members of the South African police force are soon upon the scene: Kommandant van Heerden, whose secret longing for the heart of an English gentleman leads to the most memorable transplant operation yet recorded: Luitenant Verkramp of the Security Branch, ever active in the pursuit of Communist cells; Konstabel Els, with his propensity for shooting first and not thinking later - and also for forcing himself upon African women in a manner legally reserved for male members of their own race. In the course of the strange events which follow, we encounter some very esoteric perversions and some even more amazing perversions of justice when Miss Hazelstone's brother, the Bishop of Barotseland, is sentenced to be hanged on the ancient gallows in the local prison.From the Back Cover:
"A murderously funny farce." - Daily Telegraph
"Savagely hilarious." - Sunday Mirror
"Explosively funny, fiendishly inventive." - Sunday Times
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