A Beautiful Place to Die (Detective Emmanuel Cooper, Book 1) by Malla Nunn

Police Procedurals

By Malla Nunn

Award-winning screenwriter Malla Nunn provides a gorgeous 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 lifestyles 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 really is 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 lifeless that feelings extra harmful than someone suggestion attainable boil to the outside.

while Detective Emmanuel Cooper, an Englishman, starts off investigating the homicide, his venture is preempted by way of the robust police safety department, who're devoted to their crusade to flush out black communist radicals. yet Detective Cooper isn't attracted to political expediency and hasn't ever been one for making associates. He could be modest, yet he radiates intelligence and definitely won't be getting on his knees earlier than these in strength. as a substitute, 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 someone 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 mix of Raymond Chandler and Graham Greene. it's a story of homicide, ardour, corruption, and the corrosive double normal that outlined an apartheid country. I

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