A startling new thriller with one of the most original concepts in years, where the line between a life of luxury and an existence of poverty can be determined by the stroke of midnight.In a California of a not-too-distant-future, a series of uniquely brutal murders targets victims from totally different walks of life. In a society divided according to Zodiac signs, those differences are cast at birth and binding for life. All eyes are on detective Jerome Burton and astrological profiler Lindi Childs—divided in their beliefs over whether the answer is written in the stars, but united in their conviction that there is an ingenious serial killer executing a grand plan.Together, they will unravel a dark tale of betrayal, lost love, broken promises and a devastating truth with the power to tear their world apart . . .
South African author Wilson's clever if unwieldy debut boasts a highly original setting: the corrupt African dystopia of San Celeste, in which people are segregated not by race or religion but by their zodiac sign. Capricorns sit at the top of society, while Aries are considered the violent underclass. A child born on an undesirable birthday causes the family's status to plummet. Det. Jerome Burton of the SCPD and astrological profiler Lindiwe Childs reluctantly team to investigate a series of murders of people with different signs. Are the murders the start of a revolution or a serial killer at work? Meanwhile, Daniel Lapton, the scion of a family owning an international chain of hotels, uses his wealth and power to search for the daughter he learned about only after his father's death. The timeline Daniel's story spans decades, whereas Jerome and Lindiwe operate in the present can be confusing. In lavishing so much attention on the various tiers of San Celeste society, Wilson neglects to develop his characters. Still, crime fans looking for something different will be satisfied.