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Award-winning screenwriter Malla Nunn delivers a stunning and darkly romantic crime novel set in 1950s apartheid South Africa, featuring Detective Emmanuel Cooper — a man caught up in a time and place where racial tensions and the raw hunger for power make life very dangerous indeed.

In a morally complex tale rich with authenticity, Nunn takes readers to Jacob's Rest, a tiny town on the border between South Africa and Mozambique. It is 1952, and new apartheid laws have recently gone into effect, dividing a nation into black and white while supposedly healing the political rifts between the Afrikaners and the English. Tensions simmer as the fault line between the oppressed and the oppressors cuts deeper, but it's not until an Afrikaner police officer is found dead that emotions more dangerous than anyone thought possible boil to the surface.

When Detective Emmanuel Cooper, an Englishman, begins investigating the murder, his mission is preempted by the powerful police Security Branch, who are dedicated to their campaign to flush out black communist radicals. But Detective Cooper isn't interested in political expediency and has never been one for making friends. He may be modest, but he radiates intelligence and certainly won't be getting on his knees before those in power. Instead, he strikes out on his own, following a trail of clues that lead him to uncover a shocking forbidden love and the imperfect life of Captain Pretorius, a man whose relationships with the black and coloured residents of the town he ruled were more complicated and more human than anyone could have imagined.

The first in her Detective Emmanuel Cooper series, A Beautiful Place to Die marks the debut of a talented writer who reads like a brilliant combination of Raymond Chandler and Graham Greene. It is a tale of murder, passion, corruption, and the corrosive double standard that defined an apartheid nation.

About the Author

Malla Nunn was born in Swaziland, South Africa, and currently lives in Sydney, Australia. She is a filmmaker with three award-winning films to her credit and is currently at work on her next novel.

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Gwen Urey, October 20, 2013 (view all comments by Gwen Urey)
Historical fiction and crime fiction in one great package! Nunn reveals detective Emmanuel Cooper's complexity one layer at a time, as events expose him to new and greater challenges as a sleuth and a human being. The historical moment-relatively early during apartheid with strains of post-War Europe--provide an interesting historical context that Nunn weaves skillfully into the plot. Both the good guys and the bad guys are three-dimensional, allowing the suspense to be intensified for the reader who is trying always to figure out who-dun-what. The characters share a bond with the stunning natural environment of South Africa's veld, made vivid in the course of the plot. Seasons change, the motivations of individual characters take form, good is teased from bad, evil remains a threat, and suddenly the book is finished. This is a great read.
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Nunn, Malla
Washington Square Press
Mystery & Detective - General
Historical - General
General Fiction
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Mystery Historical
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