James Kilgore was a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, a leftist guerrilla group responsible for bank robberies, shoot out and the kidnapping and brainwashing of Patty Hearst. A fugitive since 1975, Kilgore was hiding out in South Africa when he was finally arrested in 2002 and sentenced to 54 months in prison. His novel We Are All Zimbabweans Now is a political thriller following fugitive expatriates in Zimbabwe during Mugabe's rise to power. Radical Action.
"The King George lies on a busy road, opposite a small set of shops. As I come out the double doors, three young men wait for me at the bottom of the stairs. ‘Chess set, master?’ says one of them. ‘Very good price for you, my friend.’ ‘Nice hippo, baas. Cheap, cheap.’ They’re hawking stone carvings, animals, knights, rooks and bishops. I keep moving. They follow with marketing ploys and titles of honour. I want to tell them I’m no one’s master, that there are no slaves in a free Zimbabwe. I keep quiet and they turn to other prey."