The Big Stick

SKU: V2687
From the author of award-winning Six Fang Marks and a Tetanus Shot, comes a new noir thriller – The Big Stick

Insanely good. A ribald and twisted culture clash of a mystery that’s outrageously funny, smart and moving” – Lauren Beukes, author of Zoo City

"So moving, so humane and so compulsive that I could not settle to any other novel.” – Karin Schimke, Cape Times

From the author of award-winning Six Fang Marks and a Tetanus Shot, comes a new noir thriller – The Big Stick 

Alma Nel leaves her home on the edge of the Kalahari to retrieve the body of her gay son in Amsterdam. Driven by guilt and grief, she resolves to reconstruct Staal’s life and the events leading up to his death, undertaking a bizarre quest in a strange and surreal world.

Guided by a coke-dealing Rastafarian, Alma opens a psychedelic can of worms, meeting many of Staal’s friends and acquaintances – scissor queens, leather men, rent boys, daredevils. But not everyone is sympathetic towards Alma, and some of Staal’s friends would prefer to keep their secret histories hidden in the darkrooms of the night. As her quest progresses, Alma discovers that a mysterious stranger is several steps ahead of her, trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle.

The Big Stick is poignant, comical, suspenseful and (strangely) sexy. Two telling compliments from Dutch reviewers give us a snapshot of their reactions: “Characters I’d love to meet in the flesh” and “How can a straight author write so accurately about the gay scene?”

As a Bonsela Edition book, you can expect a little something extra from The Big Stick. On these 15 bonus pages, Russell Clarke speaks to Richard de Nooy about plots and characters and we get an insight into the thought process and inspirations behind the cover design.

About the Author
Richard de Nooy
(1965) grew up in Johannesburg, but has lived in Amsterdam for the past 25 years. His first novel Six Fang Marks and a Tetanus Shot (Jacana, 2007) won the University of Johannesburg Prize for Best First Book, received honourable mention at the M-Net Literary Award, and was long-listed for Sunday Times Fiction Award. De Nooy was awarded a grant by the Dutch Foundation for Literature to write his second novel in Dutch. Zacht als Staal was published in August 2010 and was long-listed for the prestigious AKO Literatuurprijs 2011. The Big Stick is the English version of Zacht als Staal.

Praise for Six Fang Marks and a Tetanus Shot, winner of the UJ Prize for Best First Book

A finely crafted novel, peppered with visceral and black humour.”— Mike Chandler, Dispatch

One of the skills of a really good storyteller is the ability to juxtapose mirth with tragedy… funny and sad and beautiful, and will stay with you long after you have finished.”Lindsay Slogrove, The Mercury

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Parameters of Book: Book
Author: Richard de Nooy
ISBN: 9781431402687
E-book ISBN: 9781431403288
Size (mm): 212x136mm
Pages: 196pp
format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Rights: World
Language: English
Publication Date: 2011-12-01