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Elijah Rolene is a lost man. Following the death of his wife, he quits his job as a police pilot and turns to prescription painkillers for comfort. Not content to watch him destroy his life, his veterinarian sister convinces him to help out at her animal shelter. Soon, they rescue a rare white lion cub from the heart of Detroit's gangland. The lion is brought to live with ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published 2013 by Penguin Book Group
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Melissa Delport
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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A gentle but emotional read, with the typical Crocker humour to take the sting out of it!
Phillipa
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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So, I've been looking forward to this book since I read my first Gareth Crocker novel. Relying on his laugh-out-loud funny blog posts in the meantime.

This book was different, as I was expecting it might be. Although it still has his easy-going storytelling style, this was a sad story to read.

I'll be honest, as I finished the last pages, I had tears in my eyes. And I never cry in movies ... and only very seldom cry when I read books. Animals, they tug at the heart-strings, without question.

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Jenny Booth
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Gareth Crocker has such an "easy reading" style of writing! I just love his books.
Alma
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story tugs at your heart; sad but sprinkled with enough to humour and happiness to make it a pleasure to read.
Siyamthanda Skota
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Gareth Crocker’s love for animals is quite evident from a signature photo which he uses at the back of all his books. His first novel Finding Jack was quite successful to a point where it was published to international acclaim. He’s since published two novels after that achievement and KING is his forth novel. One wouldn’t be surprised if he hasn’t sold any movie rights to screenwriters because the man is well known for his damn good TV/film writing skills. I mean one doesn’t need to be an anima ...more
Monique Snyman
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Few books have ever been able to get an emotional response from me, but King by Gareth Crocker falls into the niche category that brought me to tears. The story of Eli is one filled with heartache and loss, with a few moments of joy pushed in between. It’s a tale of a man who has lost everything, including his hope, but soon finds a new purpose in life through saving a rare white lion cub from certain death and watching his autistic niece come out of her shell when she meets King. It’s a heartbr ...more
Jackie Kleynhans
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A hart touching and captivating read. Beautiful story and very well written.
Joan Campbell
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I didn't love this book as much as I did Crocker's "Never Let me go". It's still a good read though and the fact that it deals with the important issue of the lion hunting trade makes it a relevant one too. I enjoyed the witty, fast-paced banter between the characters, but thought the antagonist was just TOO one-sided in his 'badness'.
Eric Cornhill
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
A little pedestrian in the beginning but the end was brilliant.
Fiona McCarthy
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story of family and unconditional love. Gareth Crocker is a great story teller with a perfect balance of humour and heart ache.
Kim Ebner
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
A nice story that I really enjoyed. I think it might have been more of a 3 1/2 star read for me as although it was good, it was a little predictable. I enjoyed it though and so I gave 4 stars.
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A hidden gem in our Book Club. Ignore this book at your peril! Loved it.
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Gareth Crocker was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1974. He has a degree in English, Psychology and Communications and has worked as a journalist, copywriter, news editor, public relations manager, publishing editor and, most recently, head of communications and spokesperson for a multinational corporation. Writing is done at night, in a dark room, next to a small window, under a bright moon ...more

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