‘the fascinating story of the search for the people ultimately responsible for the deaths of the Cradock Four.’
‘Nicholson injects his story with a humanity and pace…’
One of the three best reads of the year.
Margaret von Klemperer The Natal Witness, 1 December 2004
‘Gripping narrative…particularly thrilling – and chilling – reading…’
Stephen Coan in The Natal Witness, 30 June 2004
‘A moving account of that fateful episode… This is an important and timely book written by a top legal investigator, now a judge, who has followed the case for 20 years.’
Patrick Leeman The Natal Mercury 2 September 2004.
‘I’ve never met a judge I resonated with. They all seemed cold and remote. So I was more than surprised by Nicholson’s intimate tone, richly-detailed texture and almost gumshoe novel style of this, his personal monument to four icons of struggle… Nicholson’s contribution… is not just a mere reworking of an old, and troublingly unfinished tale: it is a cry… for justice – and against forgetting.’
Michael Schmidt in This Day 5 August 2004.
‘…Nicholson … uses court records, contemporary reports, evidence from the TRC, private papers and interviews … to construct a gripping narrative. In some ways the book reads like a thriller, at other times as a well-balanced political analysis of the events and a passionate plea for eventual justice.’
Peter Limb of Michigan State University
‘It is a very accessible book and makes a worthwhile contribution to the growing literature on political violence during the final decade of apartheid.’