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The Leopard Man Anne Ousby

The Leopard Man

Anne Ousby

Published
ISBN : 9781475283532
Paperback
316 pages
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 About the Book 

Quent Byrant is one of the ‘lost boys’ of the new South Africa, stuck in the past, when to be white and free was enough. He is passionate about the wildlife of his native land, especially the Cape leopard.Raki van de Venter is Quent’s partner andMoreQuent Byrant is one of the ‘lost boys’ of the new South Africa, stuck in the past, when to be white and free was enough. He is passionate about the wildlife of his native land, especially the Cape leopard.Raki van de Venter is Quent’s partner and mother of his child. She has been raised in a strict religious household and endured ten years of a loveless marriage before meeting Quent and falling desperately in love. She gives up everything for him. When he dumps her she struggles on alone and destitute on Pig’s Snout Kloof.Raki’s and Quent’s stories run parallel to each other.The badly injured Quent is holed up in Raki’s kloof house. A group of men are on his trail. It will take two hours for them to reach him and in this time scale Quent recalls his life. Increasingly delirious, his ability to remember wavers. Did he abandon Raki and disown his child? Did he ‘steal’ the last leopard on this kloof and sell her? Did he kill a child in cold-blood? A boy called Tabo?Raki is in Cape Town when Quent arrives at the kloof house. Her son is undergoing urgent medical treatment. She has contacted Quent, begging for money for the operation, but he hasn’t responded.At last the men surround the house but they are wary of the Leopard Man – he has a fierce reputation. Maybe it’s too late for Quent but there’s still hope for Raki and her son. Something of the Leopard Man is worth preserving and Raki has a secret – a secret she will share with her son.