Purgatory Road

  • Title: Purgatory Road
  • Author: Peter J. Earle
  • Publisher: PJE Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-0-620-42292-5
  • Edition: 2008 / First
  • Covers: Softback
  • Size: 222 x 152mm
  • Extent
  • Price: R 149.00
  • Availability: All good bookstores
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… a veld-noir just ripe for the picking with an original setting and an incredible knowledge of the terrain … a double murder with a one-way ticket to hell…

A double murderer with a one way ticket to hell...

John Stafford is travelling home one night when he is caught speeding by two police officers. The situation is tense, and as the police taunt John beyond endurance, he shoots them both dead. Shortly after fleeing the scene, John discovers that his wife has left him. Determined to escape from his now shattered life, John obtains a false passport and sets off to join the Rhodesian Army. First though, to stop unwanted questions being asked, he has to convince everyone that he is dead. From the frying pan, he leaps into the fire of the Rhodesian bush-war and finds himself caught up in the bitter struggle for freedom and survival.

What sets Peter J Earle’s debut novel, Purgatory Road, apart from the rest of the genre is his compelling no-nonsense, fastpaced narrative using credible characters and a strong sense of location, delivered in unpretentious language. In short: refreshing and remarkable.

Readers' Forum Book Club

“She had a quick temper and was not afraid to let it loose. He, too, had a nasty temper, and although it was slower to rise, it was murderous.”


I found that Purgatory Road was so indicative of South Africa of that particular period. I read the book in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended for air or train travel.

Captain Stephan Bayman

At boarding school, after lights-out, Peter J Earle was telling stories before he could write.

He has been an agricultural field technician, a concrete foreman, a farm manager, a stock feed salesman, a site surveyor, an auctioneer, owned his own construction company, had his own second-hand shop and a backpackers’ hostel. He has been in prison in Zambia, owned a boat on the Okavango Delta, sung in a band and has over sixty parachute jumps to his credit.

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