Original Title: Max The CatIn Max the Cat, Max, the son of the district officer, returns to his provincial hometown after qualifying as a teacher. However, Max returns under a cloud. His father is unhappy with reports of his son’s radical political activities at college. This sets the tone of a one-sided relationship: While the son loves his father and holds him in highest regard, the ambitious old politician plots for Max’s removal by any means, fair or foul. The young man’s crusade against official corruption does not sit well with some of the skeletons that his father would rather keep hidden to maintain his privilege and protect his friends. Between these two men there is a woman – a loving stepmother and a faithful wife – who tries to reconcile her stepson and her husband. With quiet faith and patience, she lives with the great irony in their differences arising out of the son’s firm belief in the moral principles his father taught him, while her husband’s own faith in his early teachings has been eroded by complacency and compromise after years in office. Father and son are set on a warpath. Behind the scenes in this struggle, the spirits of their ancestors are at work. The interplay is quite thrilling, as African folklore, religion and contemporary politics mix dramatically in this book to see if good triumphs over evil.