Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Open Invitation to the launch of Present Tense@Gleebooks, Sydney

November 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Present Tense (Clan Destine Press) by Natalie Conyer, a riveting hard-boiled police procedural set in modern South Africa, is being launched by Matt McGuire, Associate Professor at Western Sydney University, Sunday 10 November, 3.30 for 4pm,  Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe.

Natalie Conyer

Present Tense takes us to Cape Town, to the thrilling, dangerous, new South Africa.

Veteran cop Schalk Lourens wants a quiet life. Like the rest of the country, he’s trying to put the past behind him. But the past has a way of hanging on, and when Schalk’s old boss, retired police captain Piet Pieterse is murdered, Schalk must confront old demons.

Pieterse has been necklaced. A tyre was placed over his head, doused in petrol, and set alight. Necklacing is a throwback to apartheid, an execution generally reserved for collaborators. Who would target Pieterse this way, and why now, 25 years after apartheid ended?

Meanwhile, it’s an election year and people are pinning their hopes on charismatic ANC candidate Gideon Radebe. But there’s opposition, and this volatile country’s on a knife edge. A wrong move could generate a catastrophe.

Schalk is drawn in to a world he no longer knows, where shadowy forces call the shots. He must tread a path between the new regime and the old, the personal and the professional, justice and revenge.

The investigation will change his life, and could alter his country’s future.


Natalie Conyer was born and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, but has lived in Sydney for many years.

Her short stories have won several awards in the annual Scarlet Stiletto competition run by Sisters in Crime Australia.

Present Tense – a hard-boiled police procedural set in Cape Town about an ordinary cop trying to find his way in a thrilling and dangerous country – is Natalie’s debut novel.

Free but please RSVP  or phone 02 9660 2333



49 Glebe Point Road
Glebe, NSW 2037 Australia
+ Google Map