From James McClure, the author of the acclaimed Kramer/Zondi mystery series, comes the first of his novels outside the crime field-a witty modern comedy of manners about a 44-year-old man who falls in love with his friends' 18-year-old daughter.
James Howe McClure (9 October 1939, Johannesburg, South Africa – 17 June 2006, Oxford, England) was a British author and journalist best known for his Kramer and Zondi mysteries set in South Africa. James McClure was born and raised in South Africa and educated in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, at Scottsville School (1947–51), Cowan House (1952–54), and Maritzburg College (1955–58)
1988) A Modern Comedy of Manners (A book in the Kramer and Zondi series) A novel by James McClure. There are occasional flashes of insight and McClure has a fine comic style, but there is no real originality. A sub-plot involving a profligate/puritan male co-worker never makes good sense and the ending seems calculated and shallow. Laurence Hull, Cannon Memorial Library, Concord, . Used availability for James McClure's Imago.
Select Format: Hardcover. ISBN13: 9780445407299. Release Date: January 1989.
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Tollie Erasmus, an unsavory bank robber on the run, is hung from the neck until dead. Unfortunately, execution was administered without the benefit of South African judge or jury. Naomi Stride was a wealthy woman, and her death has left several people richer-none more so than her twenty-six-year-old son Theo, with whom she had long had bitter differences over money. She was also a controversial woman, a writer whose novels had been banned in South Africa.
James McClure was born and raised in South Africa and educated in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, at Scottsville School (1947–51), Cowan House (1952–54), and Maritzburg College (1955–58). He worked first as a commercial photographer with Tom Sharpe, who later wrote a series of celebrated comic novels, and then as a teacher of English and art at Cowan House in 1959–63, before becoming a crime reporter and photographer for the Natal Witness in his home town of Pietermaritzburg. McClure also wrote a spy novel set in Southern Africa – Rogue Eagle – which won the 1976 CWA Silver Dagger, a number of short stories, and two large non-fiction works that won wide acclaim: Spike Island: Portrait of a Police Division (Liverpool) and Copworld: Inside an American Police Force (San Diego). Imago: A Modern Comedy of Manners (1988).
Noted journalist and mystery writer James McClure died June 17th of a respiratory illness at the age of 66. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but living in England for well over the last half his life, he will be long remembered as the author of the Kramer and Zondi police procedural series, groundbreaking in many ways. The first book, The Steam Pig, was published in 1971 during the peak of the apartheid era in his homeland, and along with the seven that followed, contained a not-so-subtle message to those overseas about the inadequacies of a society split so radically along racial lines. The Blood of an Englishman. Harper & Row, 1981.