Sat 5 March 2011, The Times

Black Heart by Mike Nicol

By Marcel Berlins
In Black Heart , the last book in Mike Nicol’s compelling “Revenge Trilogy”, set in Cape Town, the security firm owned by the former gun-runners Mace Bishop and Pylon Buso is in trouble. The wife of a visiting Native American businessman they have been hired to protect is kidnapped after a gun battle that leaves Buso wounded; the husband disappears soon afterwards. An apparently respectable client turns out to have an exceptionally unpleasant past. Bishop’s wife has been murdered, his daughter is out of control, and he’s broke. Responsible for many of the firm’s troubles is the evil manipulator Sheemina February, a kind of sexed-up female Professor Moriarty. The plot teems with corruption, double-crossing, shootings and incessant action. Many die. The characters cover every possible racial group and combination, there is terrific dialogue, and Nicol’s Cape Town is cool, dangerous, full of humour and very far from its touristy image.
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