The Soldier Who Said No

The Soldier Who Said No

New Zealand was supposed to be where Pierre de Villiers would escape his past. A misadventure in Angola had cost him his faith in the military, and almost his life and sanity. Another event cost him his family. But no. After a bizarre attempt on the NZ Prime Minister's life De Villiers recognises the arrow used: it is of Bushman origin. And suddenly he, now a policeman in Auckland, is a suspect.

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Shepherds & Butchers

Shepherds & Butchers

South Africa in the late 1980s. A young warden is arrested after killing, in a senseless shooting spree, 7 black members of a karate team. Admitting guilt and accepting his fate, he refuses to speak about his crime. A Pro Deo attorney is appointed to defend him, who in turn secures the services of a senior counsel from Durban. In the process it turns out that the young man has been doing service on death row, supporting the condemned in their last days with care that was almost tender, before effecting their slaughter at the gallows (cf title). 

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A Sailors Honour

A Sailors Honour

Pierre de Villiers has walked a hard road. Tortured by his own army, his family killed, surviving cancer; his new life in New Zealand is supposed to bring him peace. But just when his life seems to be on an even keel, his daughter is kidnapped in Auckland and his brother-in-law's wife abducted in Durban.

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Litigation Skills for South African lawyers

Litigation Skills for South African lawyers

Litigation Skills for South African Lawyers is the only publication providing practical training material for the legal profession. The first edition was released in 2006 and sold out almost immediately. This book provides a step-by-step guide to the litigation process, from your first meeting with a client, through the court process, to meeting after the appeal has been finalised.

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Clarence van Buuren: Die man agter die donkerbril

Clarence van Buuren: Die man agter die donkerbril

Ek die eerste keer Clarence van Buuren in 1956 toe sy die foto verskyn in die koerante na die polisie het hom vir die moord van 'n Pinetown meisie, Joy Aken in hegtenis geneem. Ek was 'n 8-jarige in Johannesburg woon wanneer hierdie gebeure plaasgevind het. Van Buuren is op 10 Junie 1957 'n ander gebeurtenis wat 'n diep indruk op my in Pretoria gehang. Die saak is intussen het nie in my lewe se reis op vreemde en onverwagte tye en dit het my van die begin af gefassineer.

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Clarence van Buuren: Knew the words but not the music

Clarence van Buuren: Knew the words but not the music

I first encountered Clarence van Buuren in 1956 when his photograph appeared in the papers after the police had arrested him for the murder of a Pinetown girl, Joy Aken. I was an 8-year old living in Johannesburg when these events occurred. Van Buuren was hanged in Pretoria on 10 June 1957, another event that made a deep impression on me. The case has since entered my life's journey at odd and unexpected times and it has intrigued me from the beginning.

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Welcome and thank you for visiting my website.

I have reached an exciting stage in my life and in my career and will be retiring to New Zealand in order to write full-time and to spend time with my family. Both my sons live in New Zealand, and Jacques and his wife Mandy have produced our first grandchildren, Layla and Aiden. So, apart from family time I will have a lot of time to think, to read, and to write.

I have some exciting projects lined up. The Auckland Library is a wonderful place in the middle of a wonderful city, and I have no doubt that I will send many happy hours there.

Who knows, I might even have time to do an MA in creative writing.