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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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Blood Safari by Deon Meyer

  Blood Safari Translated by K. l. Seegers. BLOOD SAFARI, originally written in Afrikaans, is an excellent thriller which held me completely entranced from the moment I opened it and read the first page. I'm a sucker for many of … Continue reading

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