Bestselling author Tony Park’s new action-packed thriller AN EMPTY COAST is published today in paperback by Pan Macmillan UK (Australia and South Africa published in November 2015). Park once again proves himself a master of the African thriller with a page-turning read that keys into some of the contemporary issues facing the country, including the illegal poaching and sale of rhino horns.
AN EMPTY COAST sees the return of Sonja Kurtz – former soldier, supposedly retired mercenary, and heroine of THE DELTA – in Vietnam carrying out a personal revenge mission when her daughter sends a call for help. Emma, a student archaeologist on a dig at the edge of Namibia's Etosha National Park, has discovered a body in a flight suit dating back to the country's liberation war of the 1980s. The remains of the airman, identified as Hudson Brand, are a key piece of a puzzle that will reveal the location of a modern day buried treasure – a find people will kill for.
Sonja thought that assassinating gangster and rhino horn importer Tran Van Ngo would give her closure after the tragic death of her partner, Sam. But it’s left her in deeper despair. Illegally crossing the border into Namibia, she’s intent on finding her daughter, Emma at the dig-site. When news of the discovery of a body at Etosha breaks, the father of missing pilot, Gareth Allchurch, assumes the worst.
Joining forces with safari guide and private investigator Hudson Brand (who stars in THE HUNTER, and the man whose dog-tags are on the corpse), Allchurch uncovers far more than he could have anticipated. The body certainly isn’t Hudson’s, but it also isn’t Gareth’s, and so the two men make it their mission to find out what happened to the plane, its illegal cargo, and Allchurch’s son.
Tony’s novels, which include twelve bestsellers, have been sold in translation in seven countries. The latest, RED EARTH, will be published first in Australia and South Africa later this year.
Listen to Tony Park talk about AN EMPTY COAST here.
Praise for AN EMPTY COAST
‘His novels have a life-like quality to them that comes from deep research and understanding of the places he writes about…he takes the readerright to the source of the story, and fleshes it out for them…I have great respect for Park’s style and ability to tell a good story and colour both inside and out the lines. A very worthwhile read.’—Jennifer Crocker, The Cape Times
‘Tony Park is one of the bestselling novelists in Australia… Tony weaves the everyday struggles, challenges and triumphs of this into a crime thriller that I for one couldn’t put down.’ – Janine Avery, Africa Geographic
Praise for Tony Park
‘Tony Park is one of Australia's best thriller writers and can always be relied upon to deliver an entertaining story.’ – Sunday Canberra Times
'He just gets better and better. His descriptions of the southern African bush and mountain jungles are so vivid you can just about feel the sun on your skin and smell the dust and animals.' – Frank Walker, Sun Herald
‘An author who is starting to challenge the veteran Wilbur Smith for the title of ‘master of the African thriller’...Break-neck in pace, with narrow escapes from death on every page.’ – Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
About Tony Park
Tony Park grew up in Australia and fell in love with South Africa on a short trip in 1995: he and his wife now divide their time between two homes, one in Sydney and another in South Africa on the border of the Kruger National Park. Author of twelve bestselling thrillers, he has worked as a newspaper reporter in Australia and England, a government press secretary, a public relations consultant, and a freelance writer. He is also a major in the Australian Army Reserve and served six months in Afghanistan in 2002.