Shark is a novel about big business, big life, and the big fall in South Africa.
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Title: Shark
Author: Carel van der Merwe
Genre: Novel
Publisher: Random House Struik
Imprint: Umuzi
Cape Town, South Africa 2009
ISBN 9781415200766 / ISBN 978-1-4152-0076-6
Softcover, 15 x 22 cm, 255 pages


The protagonist of this great novel is obsessed with making a billion Rand. If money is for him an escape from the imperfect rest of his life, the failed marriages, his alienation from his family, his hidden history, then that abstract number will, he irrationally believes, deliver him to the portals of some undefined paradise. He gets his big break when a government tender is set out for a smartcard ID system. This being South Africa, he could never land such a contract without a Black Empowerment partnership. But it is through his manoeuvrings in this regards that the fault lines of his business empire, and his life, are exposed. He makes powerful enemies, and for him there can be only one outcome. Shark is an utterly credible and gripping novel about big business, big life, and the big fall.