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Hagler grew up in a small rural town in the heartland of Afrikaner dominated South Africa before moving to Cape Town to attend university and attain a degree in English and History. He lived in Cape Town for more than eighteen years, from the age of eighteen, and during that time travelled the vast rail network, witnessing and enduring some of the types of crimes perpetrated in the novel. As the chairman of the local Neighbourhood Watch he helped keep the streets of his suburb crime free and made sure that the gangs lost their foothold in Cape Flats. Hagler currently lives in New Zealand where he works as an academic publishing representative.
Reaching Discontent speaks with the voice of a moderate Muslim, a man who could be termed devout, but is a normal human being striving to come to terms with his identity as a non-white Muslim in an increasingly hostile world.
on Jan. 06, 2011 :
Reaching Discontent could be the beginning of a great career for Hagler. With compelling atmosphere, tight characterisation and integral religious overtones threaded through an exciting story, you really want to read more. Many great detectives (which is what Iron ultimately becomes) tend to have a dark past, and blending that with his devout religious faith gives a wonderful insight into a life we don’t often to see portrayed in the west.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Jan. 03, 2011 :
Cracking story. Races along. Lots of intrigue and adventure. Quite scary in places! Also gives a great insight into the seamier side of South Africa as our hero tries to stay true to his beliefs and fight corruption. Superbly written,
(reviewed the day of purchase)