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[Malla Nunn] À A Beautiful Place to Die [lais PDF] Ebook Epub Download ò This is a new author for me and a new setting for a story The book is set in 1952 in South Africa Our protagonist is Detective Sgt Emmanuel Cooper, an Englishman Cooper has been sent out of the Johannesburg office to investigate a murder in Jacob s Rest, a small village of inbred Afrikaner farmers A body of a man has been found floating in the river It turns out that the victim is Captain Willem Pretorius, the head of the local police Cooper arrives alone without back up unaware the victim is a police officer It turns out that the Capt is the son in law of Frikkie van Brandenburg, one of the lions of Afrikaner nationhood The author weaves into the story some of the history of South Africa and the segregation of the races that has been a policy in South Africa for generations What a brilliant book My first Malla Nunn, and what a beginning Detective Emmanuel Cooper found himself in Jacob s Rest, a tiny town situated on the border of South Africa and Mozambique He d been sent there to investigate a suspected homicide, but his superior was convinced it was a hoax, so only spared Emmanuel to check it out But what he found was an Afrikaner police captain who had been murdered, and his only help in the investigation were an 18 year old white boy, who had recently donned the police uniform, and a black Zulu, Constable Shabalala who was a boyhood friend of the deceased.
Suddenly the powerful Security Branch was on the scene, trying to take over the investigation Their viscious and thuggish tactics guaranteed them a resu Award Winning Screenwriter Malla Nunn Delivers A Stunning And Darkly Romantic Crime Novel Set In S 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 , 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 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 Complicated And 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 I Excellent debut novel by Mala Nunn, takes place in 1952 south Africa as the new apartheid laws are being encoded and enforced Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper, a WWII veteran, is sent to a small town to investigate the murder of the local police captain what follows is a tale of complex racial relationships, family pride and power, negotiating the new laws while trying to solve a murder, and dealing with other forces of government who may not care who is really guilty.
Well written, with an interesting cast who I hope will reappear in future books along with Cooper.
A strong 4 to 4.
5 If you love police procedurals get on this series right now The author is only three books in and they are absolutely fantastic I love a great mystery, especially one that can educate me on a part of history I know nothing about beyond the basics The hero of the books is English police detective Emmanuel Cooper, trying to balance the tensions of learning the truth to solve the case, and the racial policies of 1950 s apartheid South Africa The white police captain has been found murdered in the small border town of Jacob s Rest Was it the black population, or smuggler s from Mozambique, or the usual suspects of most crimes, greed and lust In a community where power is king and racial tensions high, can Cooper navigate the all the factions and manage to stay afloat.
Nunn opens a world of restrictive laws and racist mindsets and presents a multi laye I m sort of in two minds about this book I liked the style of writing and Emmanuel Cooper, the protagonist and detective in this story The story itself was a little less exciting, and, at times, downright confusing There was a lot of talk of sex and at times it felt very graphic and unpleasant, as well as a rather unnecessary amount of violence and gore I know this story was meant to give the reader a glimpse of South Africa in the 50s, and maybe the author painted an accurate picture, I suppose I just hope she didn t We all know of the apartheid, so obviously, there were tremendous racial tensions at that time, in that sense, Nunn is probably trying to give us a greater understanding of the degree of discord and fear everyday people lived with, and the fact tha Very nice beginning to a series, though still a bit rough in places There is plenty of room to grow with characters like Nunn has created, and much physical beauty in the landscape One can just see the heat and smell the air The cariacatures created to people the Security Forces are much too clownish to give a deep sense of evil, but perhaps that is the tone Nunn wished to establish After all, real evil is off putting in the extreme It may be good enough to sketch it without giving it a real face, if the rest of the work can carry it But there were weaknesses throughout, I thought, that perhaps a little time and distance would have made apparent to the author Anyway, I ll look for book two, in hopes that practice makes per
An excellent read, combining an exciting detective story with well told descriptions of South African locales and life before Mandela It is infuriating to read of the official intolerance and persecution of coloreds and blacks by despicable, hateful whites This was the first in a series.
My wife and I had the good fortune to meet Malla a couple of years ago at a Key West Literary Seminar We heard her speak and shared a meal with her She is a delightful person.
This is a stunningly good debut novel The writing is very assured and the characters complex and well developed Set in the South Africa of 1952, with new apartheid rules introduced to segregate black from white, Detective Emmanuel Cooper is sent to investigate the murder of an Afrikaner police captain in a small town on the border with Mozambique What he discovers is a complicated story of power, race and sex However he is hampered in his investigations by the appearance of the sinister Security Branch who are convinced of a political plot and will do all in their power to pin the blame where they want.
This story of power and corruption and the evilness that men are capable of is set against the beautiful background of South Africa The author writes so evocatively of the time and place you can feel the fear and tension si