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Chris Karsten

Biographical info

Chris Karsten was born on 9 November 1947 in Morgenzon in Mpumalanga. He matriculated at Hoogenhout High School in Bethal and completed a BA degree in Afrikaans and Dutch and Psychology at the University of Pretoria (1970).

He started his career as a journalist at Die Volksblad, and later worked at Beeld and Rapport newspapers.

Chris has written two books for children, namely Floris sapiens (1985) and Die jokkie wat met perde kon praat. He received the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature (Silver) for the former. His first novel, Frats, appeared in 2007 and received the ATKV Prize for Prose for it.

As journalist he was involved with many of the stories that later appeared in his True Crime series, such as Bad kids: South African Youngsters who Rob and Kill, Headline Murders: Slayings which Shocked South Africa, and Killer Women: Fatal South African Females.

He wrote a biography of Charlize Theron in 2009 (Charlize: Ek leef my droom) and (Charlize: Life’s One Helluva Ride).

Chris published a crime thriller, Seisoen van sonde, in 2009, which was followed by three more, namely the Abel trilogy.

Chris is retired and currently living in Canada.

Books still in print

Die dood van 'n goeie vrou
(2016)
Die verdwyning van Billy Katz
(2015)
Die respektabele Mnr. Hartslief
(2014)
Die ontwaking (film edition, 2014)
Face Off (translation of Die afreis van Abel Lotz, 2014)
'n Man van min belang, (2013)
The Skin Collector
(2012, translation of Abel se ontwaking)
Die afreis van Abel Lotz
(2012)
Abel se lot, (2011)
Abel se ontwaking, (2010)
Seisoen van sonde, (2009)
Charlize: Ek leef my droom, (2009)
Charlize: Life’s One Helluva Ride, (2009)
Boos en bisar: Wrede Suid-Afrikaanse misdade met ’n kinkel, (2008)
Suid-Afrikaanse geweldenaars sonder genade, (2008)
Frats, (2007)
Verlore onskuld: Suid-Afrikaanse kinders wat moor en roof, (2007)
Bad kids: South African Youngsters who Rob and Kill, (2007)
Dodelike vroue: Wanneer passie in bloed eindig, (2007)
Opspraak deur moord: Suid-Afrikaanse doodslag skok, (2007)
Riller in die raaisel: Onopgeloste Suid-Afrikaanse misdade, (2007)
Unsolved: No Answers to Heinous South African Crimes, (2007)
Die jokkie wat met perde kon praat, (1997)

Awards

Tweede Prys in NB-Uitgewers se Groot Romankompetisie 2012 vir 'n Man van min belang (Human & Rousseau)
ATKV Prose prize (2011) – Abel se ontwaking
ATKV Prize for Suspense Literature (2011) – Abel se ontwaking
Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature: silver (1985) – Floris sapiens
ATKV Prize for Prose (2008) – Frats

List of published works

Youth Books
1985 Floris sapiens: ’n Fantasie
1997 Die jokkie wat met perde kon praat, Tafelberg

Novels: Human & Rousseau
2007 Frats
2009 Seisoen van sonde
2010 Abel se ontwaking
2011 Abel se lot
2012 Die afreis van Abel Lotz
2013 'n Man van min belang
2014 Die respektabele Mnr. Hartslief

Nonfiction
2009 Charlize: Ek leef my droom, Human & Rousseau
2009 Charlize: Life’s One Helluva Ride, Human & Rousseau

Translations
2012 The Skin Collector (Abel se ontwaking)
2013 The Skinner's Revenge (Abel se lot)
2014 Face Off (Die afreis van Abel Lotz)

True Crime Series/ Ware Misdaad Reeks

2008 Boos en bisar: Wrede Suid-Afrikaanse misdade met ’n kinkel, Human & Rousseau
2008 Suid-Afrikaanse geweldenaars sonder genade, Human & Rousseau
2007 Verlore onskuld: Suid-Afrikaanse kinders wat moor en roof, Human & Rousseau
2007 Bad kids: South African Youngsters who Rob and Kill, Human & Rousseau
2007 Dodelike vroue: Wanneer passie in bloed eindig, Human & Rousseau
2007 Headline Murders: Slayings which Shocked South Africa, Human & Rousseau
2007 Killer Women: Fatal South African Females, Human & Rousseau
2007 Opspraak deur moord: Suid-Afrikaanse doodslag skok, Human & Rousseau
2007 Riller in die raaisel: Onopgeloste Suid-Afrikaanse misdade, Human & Rousseau
2007 Unsolved: No Answers to Heinous South African Crimes, Human & Rousseau

 

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