Daddy’s Girl by Margie Orford
01 Sep 2009
Dr Clare Hart is back – Orford’s chilling prequel to Like Clockwork raises the stakes and the suspense to gripping new levels.
Sharply intelligent and beautiful, investigative journalist turned profiler Dr Clare Hart has a reputation: she can see into the darkest places of the violent criminal mind.
Riedwaan Faizal is a member of the South African Police’s elite Gang Unit. Tough and streetwise, he is used to being a target. But when the danger of his one-man anti-gang war envelops his only daughter, and he becomes the prime suspect in her abduction, there is little he can do.
Distraught, Faizal turns to a sceptical Clare Hart for help. Their desperate search for the missing child, whose chances of survival diminish with each hour, unravels a tangled web of deception and danger that puts all their lives at terrible risk.
About the author
Margie Orford is an award-winning journalist, photographer, film director, author and Fulbright scholar. Previous projects include Women Writing Africa, Fabulously 40 and Beyond: Women Coming into their Own and Fifteen Men: Words and Images from Behind Bars (Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2008). Daddy’s Girl is the third title in her Clare Hart series, and follows Like Clockwork and Blood Rose.
“Margie Orford, South Africa’s queen of crime writing…” – Mail & Guardian praise for Daddy’s Girl.
“Margie Orford is guilty of writing a very, very good thriller. Sophisticated plotting, great characters, raw emotions, a satisfying resolution, respectful of, but not slavish to, the genre.” – John Maytham, (Cape Talk radio host and critic).
“South African cop Riedwaan Faizal is the sort of smouldering hero who will make readers of all ages want to be policemen when they grow up. But his habitual springbok-in-a-china-shop approach makes him prime suspect when his little daughter disappears just as his ex-wife plans to take her to live abroad. With child murder as its subject, this is bleak at times, but Orford plots so brilliantly that to stop reading is as harrowing as to carry on.” The Telegraph, UK, 15/09/2011.