A book has just been published in South Africa, titled Gangster State. It claims to detail government corruption. This week someone in the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) offered me a copy free, in electronic form. The author of the book comments: "This is illegal. Just saying." The question is, how did anyone lay their hands on an electronic copy? Apparently it is not denting sales. OBSERVATION: One of my own books suffered this fate, and it killed sales. I had shown the book to a reviewer, and the reviewer put it "out there". It was a rogue reviewer. Anyway, Gangster State bears witness to something we still have going for us in South Africa: a fair amount of freedom to publish.