THE AMBASSADOR'S WIFE
Craig, an American journalist based in South Africa, journeys
to the small country of Malawi, ostensibly to cover a string
of murders purportedly committed by a leopard. In fact,
he wants to reconnect with the newly appointed American
ambassador's wife, Jocelyn (Joss) Hazen. He had a passionate
affair with her eight years before and has never quite gotten
over it. He has not bothered to mention this fact to Maggie,
a free-lance pilot with whom he lives in Johannesburg.
so special about Joss? Here's how Tom describes her: "If
Jocelyn is consummately beautiful, she is also consummately
perverse, the most difficult, the most damnably vexing woman
I have ever met. But she gets away with it."
So Tom goes questing in Malawi. But it will not be easy
to be alone with Joss in a place where an American ambassador's
wife is a celebrity. Especially when, having suffered an
accident, she's in a fragile state. When they meet, Tom
realizes she doesn't recognize him. But hold on! Is she
really Joss? Or an impostor who resembles her?
Tom has to know. And if she's an impostor, what happened
Hunter first encountered Africa as a US Information Service
officer in the Congo, opening an American Cultural Center
in the Equateur, its remotest region, then fleeing when
rebellion engulfed the country. Later he served as The
Christian Science Monitor's Nairobi-based Africa Correspondent,
covering sub-Saharan Africa. Those experiences led to his
story collection Africa, Africa!
produced Fred's drama The Hemingway Play. For that
network he also wrote Lincoln and the War Within about
the Fort Sumter crisis. That project led to his recent novel
Abe and Molly: The Lincoln Courtship, www.AbeAndMolly.com.
Fred blogs at www.TravelsinAfrica.com.