New in your local bookshop today is a pile of copies of Cross Fingers, the new novel by Paddy Richardson. It is a murder mystery: the murder was committed during the 1981 Springbok Tour, and the investigator is TV journalist Rebecca Thorne, whom we met in Paddy’s previous novel, Traces of Red.
Cross Fingers brilliantly evokes what it was like in 1981 for the protesters while giving equal consideration to the police’s experiences; it is very sharp on contemporary media practice; and there is a nice line in humour throughout, especially in Rebecca’s relationship with her ex.
Here is what the publisher, Hachette, says about it. And here is what Joan Mackenzie of Whitcoulls has to say in her review: