An immense diamond pits two brothers in bitter rivalry in this “multifaceted and fascinating” story of nineteenth century South Africa by the author of Railroad (The New York Times).
Kimberley, South Africa, 1868: As colonial powers vie for control of the diamond-rich land, Englishman Barney Blitz goes searching for his brother Joel across the South African countryside. When he finally finds him, arrested and condemned to death, Barney performs a daring rescue—but his act of heroism will ultimately lead him down a path of greed, betrayal, and doom.
Obsessed with pillaging the greatest diamond field in the world, Barney and Joel soon discover the Natalia Star: a flawless and priceless 350 carat specimen. But to whom does this brilliant and hypnotic diamond belong?
Acclaimed author Graham Masterton takes his readers on an epic adventure of passion and tragedy in this “robust, stirring, and thought-provoking tale” (Publishers Weekly).
“Engrossing.” —The New York Times
“A gleaming adventure, sharply faceted with splendid period background, diamond-mining details, and rapacity that could cut glass.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)