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Author: Peter Church
Cape Town, 2009
Softcover, 15x23 cm, 288 pages
An engrossing thriller set in Cape Town and its surrounds, Dark Video plots the descent of a golden-boy UCT student who seems to have it all into a murky world of illicit real-life filmmaking and internet dealing.
"I want to show you something. These are the money shots. It's the face. The expression. When realisation sets in.'
A minibus taxi flipping spectacularly on its head; two teenagers engaged in illicit sex in a shopping-mall rest room; a raunchy table dance in a Cape Town strip club... What have these scenes got to do with a beautiful young woman running through Newlands Forest early on a Sunday morning?
Alistair Morgan is the key. A gifted law student with a glittering career in the offing, Alistair seems to have it all: looks, charm and money - and the attention of the hottest girls on campus.
But his privileged lifestyle is about to be turned upside down as he is lured deeper and deeper into the sinister online world of Dark Video, where reality blurs and morals unravel. From the ominous slopes of Table Mountain and the murky depths of False Bay to a dusty Karoo farm and the limestone cliffs of Arniston, Dark Video is an intense thriller that will keep you spellbound from the word go.
Along the footpath.
She never saw it coming. First light, six o'clock on a Sunday morning, she ran with her head down. The boyfriend was on her mind. How long was it now? Two months? They'd met during the first week at varsity. No time to assess the market, but she'd gone for it anyway and was the envy of her friends; going out with a first-team rugby player, six foot two, built and good-looking. Introduced at a Rag Royalty function, with all the rugby players and the beauty queens in attendance. She'd even met his parents. [...]