New PDF release: A Beautiful Place to Die (Detective Emmanuel Cooper, Book 1)

By Malla Nunn

ISBN-10: 1416586210

ISBN-13: 9781416586210

Award-winning screenwriter Malla Nunn supplies a beautiful and darkly romantic crime novel set in Nineteen 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 existence very risky indeed.

In a morally advanced story wealthy with authenticity, Nunn takes readers to Jacob's relaxation, a tiny city at the border among South Africa and Mozambique. it truly is 1952, and new apartheid legislation have lately long gone into impression, dividing a state 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 no longer till an Afrikaner police officer is located lifeless that feelings extra risky than an individual idea attainable boil to the skin.

while Detective Emmanuel Cooper, an Englishman, starts off investigating the homicide, his venture is preempted via the strong police safeguard 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 buddies. He could be modest, yet he radiates intelligence and positively won't be getting on his knees earlier than these in energy. as an alternative, he moves out on his personal, following a path of clues that lead him to discover a surprising forbidden love and the imperfect lifetime of Captain Pretorius, a guy whose relationships with the black and colored citizens of town he governed have been extra complex and extra human than somebody can have imagined.

the 1st in her Detective Emmanuel Cooper sequence, A appealing position to Die marks the debut of a skilled author who reads like an excellent blend of Raymond Chandler and Graham Greene. it's a story of homicide, ardour, corruption, and the corrosive double commonplace that outlined an apartheid kingdom. I

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In so einer Kleinstadt fällt man doch schon auf, wenn man sich den Fingernagel abgebrochen hat. « Addie fing an, die Kunstlederbezüge der Sitzbänke abzuwischen. « Darla zuckte die Achseln. « Addie lachte laut auf. « Addie seufzte. « Addie zuckte zusammen, als Wes Courtemanche durch die Tür gefegt kam. Er hatte seine Polizeiuniform ausgezogen und trug jetzt ein schickes Jackett mit Krawatte. »Ich erinnere mich ganz genau, daß du gesagt hast, ich dürfte dich am Mittwoch zum Essen ausführen. « Er zwinkerte.

Sie streckte eine Hand hin, Innenfläche nach oben. « Jack wandte den Blick von ihr ab und gab ihr die Stahlwolle, die er gerade benutzt hatte. �Das haben Sie vor mir versteckt? « Jack lockerte langsam die Faust. « Er blickte wieder auf seine Fingerkuppen, noch schwarz von der Tinte, mit der Detective Saxton ihm die Fingerabdrücke für die Kartei des Polizeireviers abgenommen hatte. �Druckerschwärze«, sagte Addie. « Erleichtert folgte Jack ihr in den kleinen Vorratsraum, der von der Küche abging.

Ein handgemaltes, blaues Schild verkündete den Namen des Ortes und gab bekannt, daß Duncan Pharmaceuticals hier seinen Sitz hatte. In der Mitte des Ortes gab es einen kleinen Park, den ein Denkmal überragte, das gefährlich nach links geneigt war, als wäre es von der Seite gerammt worden. Entlang des Parks lagen eine Bank, ein Supermarkt und ein Stadtverwaltungsgebäude – alle ordentlich gestrichen, die Gehwege vom Schnee befreit. Fehl am Platze wirkte nur ein ausrangierter Eisenbahnwagen an der Ecke.

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