By Malla Nunn
Award-winning screenwriter Malla Nunn promises a gorgeous and darkly romantic crime novel set in Fifties apartheid South Africa, that includes Detective Emmanuel Cooper -- a guy stuck up in a time and position the place racial tensions and the uncooked starvation for energy make lifestyles very harmful indeed.
In a morally advanced story wealthy with authenticity, Nunn takes readers to Jacob's leisure, a tiny city at the border among South Africa and Mozambique. it's 1952, and new apartheid legislation have lately long past into influence, dividing a kingdom into black and white whereas supposedly therapeutic the political rifts among the Afrikaners and the English. Tensions simmer because the fault line among the oppressed and the oppressors cuts deeper, yet it's now not until eventually an Afrikaner police officer is located useless that feelings extra risky than someone inspiration attainable boil to the skin.
while Detective Emmanuel Cooper, an Englishman, starts off investigating the homicide, his challenge is preempted by means of the strong police defense department, who're devoted to their crusade to flush out black communist radicals. yet Detective Cooper isn't drawn to political expediency and hasn't ever been one for making acquaintances. He will be modest, yet he radiates intelligence and positively won't be getting on his knees ahead of these in strength. as a substitute, he moves out on his personal, following a path of clues that lead him to discover a stunning forbidden love and the imperfect lifetime of Captain Pretorius, a guy whose relationships with the black and colored citizens of the city he governed have been extra advanced and extra human than someone can have imagined.
the 1st in her Detective Emmanuel Cooper sequence, A attractive position to Die marks the debut of a skilled author who reads like an excellent mixture of Raymond Chandler and Graham Greene. it's a story of homicide, ardour, corruption, and the corrosive double typical that outlined an apartheid state. I
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A Beautiful Place to Die (Detective Emmanuel Cooper, Book 1) by Malla Nunn