Category Archives: South Africa

Random Violence by Jassy Mackenzie

Mackenzie, Jassy – ‘Random Violence’ Paperback: 384 pages (Dec. 2011) Publisher: Soho Press ISBN: 1569479119 Jade de Jong returns to her native South Africa after ten years away. She’s a PI whose father was the police commissioner of Johannesburg, but … Continue reading

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Mixed Blood by Roger Smith

Mixed Blood by Roger Smith Serpent’s Tail, 2009 (Kindle edition). Reviewed at Petrona, December 2011.

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Trackers by Deon Meyer

Trackers Deon Meyer translated by Laura Seegers (from Afrikaans) Hodder & Stoughton, 2011 Reviewed at Petrona, September 2011.

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Let the Dead Lie by Malla Nunn

Let the Dead Lie by Malla NunnPan Macmillan, 2010.  The year 1953 finds Emmanuel Cooper in Durban, no longer a policeman after the Morton’s fork he faced in A Beautiful Place to Die, working in the shipyards with other ex-army men … Continue reading

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Blacklands by Belinda Bauer

Blacklands by Belinda BauerCorgi,  2010 Exmoor dripped with dirty bracken, rough, colourless grass, prickly gorse and last year’s heather, so black it looked as if wet fire had swept across the landscape, taking the trees with it and leaving the … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Place to Die, by Malla Nunn

A Beautiful Place to Die This impressive debut novel is set in South Africa in 1952, in the immediate aftermath of the election which resulted in the Boer government and specifically the Immorality Act, by which the “white”, coloured” and … Continue reading

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Dead at Daybreak by Deon Meyer

Dead at Daybreak Translated from the Afrikaans by Madeleine van Biljon. Dead at Daybreak is an exciting yet emotional thriller about a broken man, Van Heerden (we learn his first name later on in the book). At the outset, he … Continue reading

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Thirteen Hours, by Deon Meyer

            Thirteen Hours Translated from the Afrikaans by K. L. Seegers Thirteen hours in the life of South African police Detective Inspector Benny Griessel make Jack Bauer's exploits look like child's play. In the early hours of … Continue reading

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Like Clockwork, by Margie Orford

Like Clockwork My contribution [to the Crime Fiction Alphabet] this week is a review of a book I have just finished reading, Like Clockwork by Margie Orford (Atlantic books).   Set in Cape Town, Like Clockwork follows the life and thoughts of … Continue reading

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Dead Before Dying, by Deon Meyer

Dead Before Dying (Coronet books) translated by Madeline van Biljon. Mat Joubert, a captain in the Murder and Robbery division in the Cape Town police, has spent two years in a deep depression after the death of his wife, a … Continue reading

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