Lusaka, Zambia: Zoe Fleming is a young, idealistic American lawyer working with an NGO devoted to combatting the epidemic of child sexual assault in southern Africa. Zoe's organization is called in to help when an adolescent girl is brutally assaulted. The girl's identity is a mystery. Where did she come from? Was the attack a random street crime or a premeditated act? A betrayal in her past gives the girl's plight a special resonance for Zoe, and she is determined to find the perpetrator. She slowly forms a working relationship, and then a surprising friendship, with Joseph Kabuta, a Zambian police officer. Their search takes them from Lusaka's roughest neighbourhoods to the wild waters of Victoria Falls, from the AIDS-stricken streets of Johannesburg to the matchless splendour of Cape Town. As the investigation builds to a climax, threatening to send shockwaves through Zambian society, Zoe is forced to radically reshape her assumptions about love, loyalty, family and, especially, the meaning of justice.
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"In AddisonÕs legal thriller, Zoe Fleming, an American human rights lawyer in Zambia, vows justice for Kuyeya, an adolescent rape victim with Down syndrome. The gravity of the subject matter weighs on listeners throughout Robin MilesÕs thoughtful narration of this story of AIDS, poverty, and corruption. But while she clearly relates the mood of darkness through her tone, Miles also illuminates the underlying sense of hope with her empathetic treatment of the determined, optimistic protagonist as well as her compassionate portrayal of the crimeÕs victimÑand the budding relationship between the two. Miles skillfully alternates between ZoeÕs American tongue and the British and African dialects spoken by the international characters. But the power of this audio doesnÕt come from technical skill; it comes from MilesÕs passionÑof which she has an abundance. J.F. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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