Step behind the door

The news of successful model Reeva Steenkamp’s fatal shooting by her boyfriend and global sporting star Oscar Pistorius stunned the world.

Over the ensuing weeks, as Pistorius appeared in court and applied for bail, every detail that emerged was analysed, debated, justified and digested. South Africa and the world in general were haunted by the events as they were repeated and discussed at length. Public perception vacillated from version to version and from hour to hour.

Following on from the publically televised drama, PanMacmillan have announced the release of Behind the Door – The Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story by Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman.

Behind the Door is a compelling narrative that unpacks the true facts of the story, as revealed in the courtroom and beyond during the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius and as told to the authors in several exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes briefings.

It looks at the characters involved, relates the courtroom interactions and dramas, the construction of each side’s argument, the analysis of forensic and circumstantial evidence and exchanges between the personalities, as well as a broader look at violence and criminal justice in South Africa.

With audiences still gripped by this saga, Behind the Door is set to be the book to read on the Reeva and Oscar story this festive season, retailing at R240.

Mandy Wiener (@MandyWiener) is an award-winning investigative journalist and author of the true-crime bestseller Killing Kebble: An Underworld Exposed and the acclaimed memoir My Second Initiation (co-written with Advocate Vusi Pikoli). Wiener has been reporting on crime, the courts and politics in South Africa for the past decade.

Barry Bateman (@barrybateman) has been reporting in Pretoria, the hometown of Oscar Pistorius, for more than 10 years, for the last four of these as the Pretoria Correspondent for Eyewitness News, for which he has won several awards. Bateman was the first journalist on the scene of the shooting and has been covering every development since.

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