Award-winning New York Times journalist Alan Cowell’s novel, Permanent Removal, is set in apartheid South Africa at the start of the Rainbow Nation. South African security forces set up a roadblock to intercept a car near the city of Port Elizabeth. Two of the four anti-apartheid activists in the car were secretly targeted for assassination. The police abducted the four and murdered them in cold blood. Their burnt bodies were found later near the Port Elizabeth suburb of Bluewater Bay. These murders are one of apartheid’s murkiest episodes.
On the day of the funeral, President PW Botha declared a State of Emergency. It was the beginning of the end.
The novel introduces readers to a cast of players whose destinies intertwine in a particularly gruesome murder.
“Alan Cowell’s high-speed thriller rips a wormhole in the rainbow nation and throws us back to a time when right and wrong were fixed in blood and love came off second best.” – Charlotte Bauer