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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 28/02/2013
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How far do you go to rescue your child?

Paul van Niekirk, a successful white South African is held up at gun-point when driving his new BMW. He's dragged out and his abductor drives off in his car. It's an everyday car jacking. Except his nine-month old daughter is in the back seat. As a pacifist, Paul is reluctant to carry a gun, but he descends into the heart of darkness of his country determined to find his child. He uncovers a criminal gang involved in people trafficking and discovers in himself a capacity for violence. When the trail goes cold, he is on the verge of losing everything but finds redemption in the most unlikely circumstances. Moving from the enclaves of Johannesburg's northern suburbs to the throbbing heart of Soweto's informal settlements, Paul is forced to confront the changing political and social landscape of the new South Africa, questioning his own values as his perfect life crumbles around him.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780755389216
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 25 mm

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“A powerful novel of violence and hope”

In late 1990s post-apartheid South Africa, white advertising executive Paul is on the way home in his new BMW when he is carjacked and the vehicle is stolen. In the shock of the moment Paul doesn’t instantly remember... More

Paperback edition
4th August 2012
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“Gutsy Read”

A very gutsy read which follows the journey of Paul van Nieberk after his nine month old daughter is abducted from his brand new BMW. How would we cope in similar circumstances? Would we go to such depths of despair... More

Paperback edition
3rd August 2012
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“What would you do for your child?”

Held Up is set in the 1990s ‘New’ South Africa when the country is going through great upheavals. Paul van Niekirk, a successful white businessman is carjacked at gunpoint when he is stopped at traffic lights. He is... More

Paperback edition
4th July 2012
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