A Scream in the Shadows
by Mac Donald Dixon
“In triumphantly transposing the whodunit detective story to the sleepy villages of rural St Lucia, Dixon’s novel shines light on gender-based violence and shows how those shadows blight generations.”
“Convincingly rooted in a Caribbean landscape, this is a welcome addition to a glaringly under-exploited genre in Caribbean writing.”
Papillote Press announces the forthcoming publication of A Scream in the Shadows by Mac Donald Dixon, a writer from St Lucia. Set in a Caribbean landscape far from the tourists’ gaze, this is a compelling read where everyday life fuels violence and lies. It’s a murder mystery with powerful insights into a disturbing reality.
A young girl is murdered on a Caribbean island. Her step-father is arrested. But did he do it? While the accused languishes in jail – without trial – his son joins the police force to clear his father’s name.
But a culture of secrecy and oﬃcial corruption block the young detective’s search for the truth.
It is a death far from paradise.
“In A Scream in the Shadows,” says Mac Donald Dixon, “I wanted to draw attention to the evils of our society: domestic violence and sexual abuse and also a broken legal system which believes that family matters are private. My novel uses the backdrop of a rural village in St Lucia but it could be anywhere in the Caribbean.”
Mac Donald Dixon was born and educated in St Lucia, in the eastern Caribbean. He has been a banker and consultant as well as a playwright, poet and publisher. He lives in St Lucia. This is his ﬁrst crime novel.
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