He applied the Page 69 Test to The October Killings—the first book in a new series marking his return to crime fiction—and reported the following:
Page 69 contains perhaps the key moment in the story. It is here that the two central protagonists meet for the first time. Abigail Bukula, a prosecutor in the South African justice department, has sought out Yudel Gordon, an aging Jewish prison psychologist, because she needs access to a prisoner in C-Max, the region’s maximum security prison.Learn more about the book and author at Wessel Ebersohn's website and blog.
This meeting sparks an odd-couple relationship in which Abigail’s attractiveness and force of personality combine with Yudel’s intuition and knowledge of the criminal mind. According to Library Journal, “Ebersohn vivdly portrays a divided nation in which a national hero may also be a contract killer – still at large. Highly recommended.”
On the subject of my two central characters: Yudel Gordon appeared in three earlier novels, but the arrival of the South African revolution brought with it the need for a new hero (or heroine) and Abigail Bukula was born. Not that I invented her. Abigail ambushed me while I was busy with other matters. Suddenly she was there, and I knew she belonged with Yudel, not as a lovers, but as an ally.