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Present Darkness Set In The Corrupt, Unforgiving World Of Apartheid South Africa, This Novel In The Detective Emmanuel Cooper Series Follows Cooper As He Faces A Test Of Loyalty And Friendship.Five Days Before Christmas, Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper Sits At His Desk At The Johannesburg Major Crimes Squad, Ready For His Holiday In Mozambique A Call Comes In A Respectable, White Couple Has Been Assaulted And Left For Dead In Their Bedroom The Couple S Teenage Daughter Identifies The Attacker As Aaron Shabalala The Youngest Son Of Zulu Detective Constable Samuel Shabalala Cooper S Best Friend And A Man To Whom He Owes His Life.The Detective Branch Isn T Interested In Evidence That Might Contradict Their Star Witness S Story, Especially So Close To The Holidays Determined To Ensure Justice For Aaron, Cooper, Shabalala, And Their Trusted Friend, Dr Daniel Zweigman Hunt Down The Truth Their Investigation Uncovers A Violent World Of Sophiatown Gangs, Thieves, And Corrupt Government Officials Who Will Do Anything To Keep Their Dark World Intact.


10 thoughts on “Present Darkness

  1. says:

    3.75 Went into this one blind for a group reading challenge with no prior knowledge of the author or the series and ended up enjoying this mystery crime novel set in 1953 Johannesburg in the heartless and unforgiving times of South Africa s apartheid Amidst police corruption a couple have been beaten and left for dead and the culprit identified an open and shut case Sargent Emmanuel Cooper thinks not I liked the interaction of friendship, loyalty, and trust between the detective and his two f 3.75 Went into this one blind for a group reading challenge with no prior knowledge of the author or the series and ended up enjoying this mystery crime novel set in 1953 Johannesburg in the heartless and unforgiving times of South Africa s apartheid Amidst police corruption a couple have been beaten and left for dead and the culprit identified an open and shut case Sargent Emmanuel Cooper thinks not I liked the interaction of friendship, loyalty, and trust between the detective and his two friends Dr Daniel Zweigman, a Jewish doctor with Holocaust experience and Zulu Detective Constable Samuel Shabalala.Although the mystery s answer seemed transparent the journey getting there was the reward I might have enjoyed it evenhad I read the first books and had a better feel and knowledge of the characters and their history


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    Apartheid in 1950s Johannesburg and corruption and violence are a way of life for those who are not white and must survive in a difficult world But also for the police who have the power to cover up what they want Emmanuel Cooper s new boss, born again righteous Lieutenant Mason is one such policeman When a respectable white couple are viciously attacked in their home just before Christmas, and a teenage Zulu schoolboy is identified by the couple s daughter as the attacker, Mason arrests Aaro Apartheid in 1950s Johannesburg and corruption and violence are a way of life for those who are not white and must survive in a difficult world But also for the police who have the power to cover up what they want Emmanuel Cooper s new boss, born again righteous Lieutenant Mason is one such policeman When a respectable white couple are viciously attacked in their home just before Christmas, and a teenage Zulu schoolboy is identified by the couple s daughter as the attacker, Mason arrests Aaron Shabalala, youngest son of Cooper s friend DC Samuel Shabalala Cooper knows that Mason has probably planted the proof that everyone is happy to accept so they can wrap up the case and go on their holidays, so he and Shabalala set out to investigate themselves.Malla Nunn has painted a grim picture of Apartheid in South Africa The underworld of Sophiatown, the slum where Cooper grew up is dark and gritty with the smell of fear and violence permeating the bars and dance halls Cooper, with his illegal non white mistress and child also lives in fear of discovery, particularly by his boss Mason who has an unhealthy interest in Cooper s personal life Cooper s investigation will also take him to a dry, dusty farm on the outskirts of Pretoria where a white woman is struggling to keep her family going after the death of their father and there is a fight over who controls the life giving waters of the river that borders her property.It s the atmosphere of this series and the dangers of being on the wrong side of the colour bar that make these books such compelling reading, as well as the strong characters and their moral sense of justice It s very sad indeed that this is probably the last book in this excellent series


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    Johannesburg in 1953 was full of corruption on all levels the division between the whites and non whites was as wide as it had ever been Apartheid in South Africa was in full swing and Detective Emmanuel Cooper was in the thick of it When the call came through about a white couple having been assaulted in the most violent of manners it was only five days until Christmas five days until the majority of the Detective Branch police were on leave for long awaited holidays.But the immediate iden Johannesburg in 1953 was full of corruption on all levels the division between the whites and non whites was as wide as it had ever been Apartheid in South Africa was in full swing and Detective Emmanuel Cooper was in the thick of it When the call came through about a white couple having been assaulted in the most violent of manners it was only five days until Christmas five days until the majority of the Detective Branch police were on leave for long awaited holidays.But the immediate identification by the couple s daughter of two young Zulu teenagers as the perpetrators had Emmanuel tense and worried one of the boys was Detective Constable Samuel Shabalala s youngest son, Aaron he knew Aaron wouldn t have done this how would he pass the news to his best friend about his son But the evidence was mounting Emmanuel was determined, along with Shabalala and their good friend Dr Daniel Zweigman to find the truth before it was too late.As their covert investigation deepened, the corrupt and violent world of Sophiatown s hidden agenda threatened their lives and the lives of their loved ones Not sure if they could trust anyone but themselves, the search for justice was stymied in every direction And little did they know there was , muchat stake than they realized Would they manage to find what they searched for before the deadline passed I absolutely loved this fourth and final so far, the author says novel in the Detective Emmanuel Cooper series As brilliant as the first three, I m sad to farewell the characters of Aussie author Malla Nunn s imagination The three main characters are well crafted and incredibly real but I must say I thoroughly enjoy the character of the Scottish sergeant major as well He always makes me smile Gripping and intense, the words flow easily from the pages until the satisfying conclusion I have no hesitation in recommending Present Darkness plus the previous in the series very highly


  4. says:

    This author can certainly write and so far I have loved all of her books I have lived in South Africa and know the Johannesburg area well and be assured that her descriptions of the scenery and the atmosphere are spot on I can breathe in and almost smell the countryside as I read her words Of course as a fan of mysteries and of police novels this series pulls me in anyway I read this book in one sitting It was excellent.


  5. says:

    A prostitute is kidnapped A white couple is critically beaten, and their daughter names two black students as the attackers, one of whom is the son of Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper s good friend Detective Constable Samuel Shabalala Cooper quickly realizes that the crime is simply too neat and decides to disobey his police boss by investigating on his own, especially since he owes Shabalala his life His investigation takes him back into the mixed race slum, where he was raised as a white A prostitute is kidnapped A white couple is critically beaten, and their daughter names two black students as the attackers, one of whom is the son of Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper s good friend Detective Constable Samuel Shabalala Cooper quickly realizes that the crime is simply too neat and decides to disobey his police boss by investigating on his own, especially since he owes Shabalala his life His investigation takes him back into the mixed race slum, where he was raised as a white kaffir Cooper is a superb and complex character, who seeks justice for those whom apartheid law has abandoned His mission is complicated by the need to hide his private life a mixed race, common law wife of a wealthy white man and their daughter Cooper s partnership with the Zulu constable and their Jewish doctor friend is terrific.I particularly like the South African setting and Nunn s descriptive writing, which is often cinematic the tension between the races, the disparity in living standards, scenes in the city and the veldt, the corruption of the authorities Even the words spoken by characters seem very real Eagerly looking forward to book 5, but start at the beginning of the series 4.5 stars


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    Present Darkness is the fourth superb instalment in Malla Nunn s Detective Emmanuel Cooper series This unique crime series, set during the 1950 s in apartheid ruled South Africa, has become one of my favourites, and Present Darkness is Nunn s best yet.It is a few days before Christmas, 1953 and Cooper is fast losing patience with his colleagues in the Johannesburg major crimes squad While the temporary transfer from Durban allows him to see Davida and their baby daughter Rebekah every day, he Present Darkness is the fourth superb instalment in Malla Nunn s Detective Emmanuel Cooper series This unique crime series, set during the 1950 s in apartheid ruled South Africa, has become one of my favourites, and Present Darkness is Nunn s best yet.It is a few days before Christmas, 1953 and Cooper is fast losing patience with his colleagues in the Johannesburg major crimes squad While the temporary transfer from Durban allows him to see Davida and their baby daughter Rebekah every day, he is wary of his boss, Lieutenant Walter Mason who seems far to interested in what Cooper does in his off time Called to a vicious beating of a white couple, a high school principal and a secretary at the office of land management, Cooper is surprised when their teenage daughter blames Aaron Shabalala, the youngest son of his best friend and Zulu Detective Constable Samuel Shabalala, for the brutal attack From the first things don t seem to add up, but Mason isn t interested in Cooper s doubts and insists the girls identification closes the case Cooper, who owes Shabalala his life, can t let it rest though and with the help of Dr Daniel Zweigman, he begins an investigation of his own.Cooper s inquiry leads him from the violent slum in which he was raised to a dusty farm on the outskirts of Pretoria He encounters thieves, corrupt cops, pimps, murderers and an abducted prostitute in his drive to prove Aaron Shabalala s innocence Full of twists and turns, complicated by Cooper s need to avoid alerting Mason to his unsanctioned investigation and his desire to protect his family, the plot is fast paced and tension filled Cooper, as always, follows the evidence wherever it leads him, no matter the threat or danger, ably assisted by Shabalala and Zweigman.As I ve written before, the cultural framework of the novel is what really sets this series apart from other crime fiction I have read Apartheid affects every facet of life for South Africans, and Nunn doesn t shy away from exposing the appalling inequalities of the period Having experienced life on both sides of the colour line, Cooper isaware of the arbitrary injustice based on skin colour than most and refuses to let apartheid compromise his job or his personal life In 1953, Cooper s relationship with Davida, a mixed race woman, is illegal and he is conscious that she, and their daughter, is a vulnerability his enemies could easily exploit.As with Nunn s last book, Silent Valley published in the US as Blessed Are the Dead , I read Present Darkness in single sitting Skilfully crafted with an intriguing plot and superb characterisation, Malla Nunn s Detective Emmanuel Cooper series should be on everybody s reading list


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    Det Emmanuel Cooper is living in dangerous times with too many dangerous secrets in apartheid South Africa of the 50s The talented police man is not only mixed race, and passing as white, but he is in love and living with his mixed race woman and their child Both of whom are black.And the challenge are coming A white couple have been assaulted and left for dead The only survivor of the attack is the daughter who tells them her parents had hosted two black students for dinner and that one Det Emmanuel Cooper is living in dangerous times with too many dangerous secrets in apartheid South Africa of the 50s The talented police man is not only mixed race, and passing as white, but he is in love and living with his mixed race woman and their child Both of whom are black.And the challenge are coming A white couple have been assaulted and left for dead The only survivor of the attack is the daughter who tells them her parents had hosted two black students for dinner and that one of them returned to attack them Aaron Shabalala, the youngest son of Zulu Detective Constable Samuel Shabalala, Cooper s friend.And the boy is hiding something that he feels so strongly about he is willing to face trial Could he be the secret lover of the girl or Now its up to Cooper to ferret out the clues to what happened that night and put the case together, all while hiding his own potentially deadly secrets Can he do it In the hands of Malla Nunn, this is a story of multiple layers, gangsters and crooked police, and twists at every turn Her characters are three dimensional and realistic, the stories compelling and the reading is a rich delight


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    There has always been a strong instructive element in the Emmanuel Cooper series Apartheid South Africa is a world that we know existed, even know some details about, but what it was like actually living in that regime, particularly when you re not definitely part of the elite Well that s where this series comes in.One of the great strengths of the books is the way that the world that Cooper and his compatriots occupy has been expanding This is a series that could be read out of sequence but There has always been a strong instructive element in the Emmanuel Cooper series Apartheid South Africa is a world that we know existed, even know some details about, but what it was like actually living in that regime, particularly when you re not definitely part of the elite Well that s where this series comes in.One of the great strengths of the books is the way that the world that Cooper and his compatriots occupy has been expanding This is a series that could be read out of sequence but will work much better if you can follow them in order The progression steers the reader through the stark and quite mind boggling viciousness of the apartheid regime The way that the colour of your skin affects absolutely every aspect of your life Including, most poignantly in PRESENT DARKNESS, who you love, and the children that you cherish.The central device of the plot the assault of a respectable, white couple, laid squarely on the shoulders of black youth, with very little in the way of investigation, and some decidedly dodgy behaviour from local police works well, and sadly feels all too real That tension between the races, the difference in living standards the white neighbourhood of the assault, versus the township of Cooper s youth are described wonderfully not in too many words, but in the reactions of the characters, the complications of adjustment The corruption of the authorities, and the powerlessness imposed by Apartheid are laid out elegantly, spread through the story with a deft touch, making the whole situationprofoundly moving than a lecture ever could.Nunn has a visual way of writing that doesn t come across as a screenplay in the making, rather it pulls the reader into the townships, and the dust, and the tension and fear that sits at the back of every non authority figure throughout the entire story You can feel and see Cooper s worry about his little family s fate and his guilt at his complicity in getting them into this situation You can see and feel Shabalala s quiet pain and dignity in the face of his son s fate You can see the bush and the flight and plight of women taken or put in such difficult places.We re fortunate indeed that writers like Malla Nunn are here, working on books like PRESENT DARKNESS This is crime fiction that goes into an area of human behaviour and a history that needs to be held up to the light, remembered, examined and understood


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    Present Darkness is Malla Nunn s fourth entry in the Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper series and is an excellent continuation of the series.It s the 1950 s in South Africa and Apartheid has taken its vicious hold Detective Sergeant Cooper has managed a temporary transfer from Durban to Johannesburg for personal reasons The price he must pay is reporting to the angry, religiously fanatic Lieutenant Mason who applies the Apartheid rules with a vengeance.Cooper is called to assist in the invest Present Darkness is Malla Nunn s fourth entry in the Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper series and is an excellent continuation of the series.It s the 1950 s in South Africa and Apartheid has taken its vicious hold Detective Sergeant Cooper has managed a temporary transfer from Durban to Johannesburg for personal reasons The price he must pay is reporting to the angry, religiously fanatic Lieutenant Mason who applies the Apartheid rules with a vengeance.Cooper is called to assist in the investigation of the savage beating of a well to do white couple The couple s teenage daughter identifies Aaron Shabalala as their attacker Aaron is the son of black Detective Constable Samuel Shabalala, Cooper s friend, and a man who has once saved his life Cooper s superiors are satisfied that they have the guilty party and break off any further investigation However, Cooper believes the evidence doesn t support the daughter s story He s determined to uncover the facts and free his friend s son, even though the young man won t speak up for himself Cooper, Shabalala and their friend, Dr Daniel Zwiegman set out to discover the truth and their search takes them into the underbelly of Johannesburg and the worst it has to offer drugs, gangs, prostitution and abject poverty.Malla Nunn s previous Cooper books were stark portrayals of the darkness of Apartheid and its dehumanizing effects In Present Darkness she succeeds again in wringing drama from that terrible scourge Money and power allow some to flout the laws, while applying them with a heavy hand when they choose To combat these people, Cooper and his friends must occasionally go outside those same laws, and rely on unsavory types to gain an advantage or discover information Nunn does an outstanding job illustrating how Cooper and his friends serve justice by delving into these areas and living with the consequences of their actions.Nunn writes with a sure hand Her portrayal of Apartheid, the insidious way it turned people against one another, and the manner in which some found kindness in spite of it is entirely authentic Her characters are multi dimensional and complex, and even angry Mason reveals some humanity Present Darkness flows smoothly with plenty of drama and culminates in a satisfying climax It should leave Nunn s fans watching excitedly for the next Cooper novel.Rating A


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    The fourth entry in the series featuring South African detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper brings vividly to life the rigid apartheid system in the country in 1953 Although those laws were abolished over twenty years ago, the author places the reader squarely into that reality, the dichotomy made very clear.Emmanuel has obtained a short term transfer from the coastal city of Durban to Jo burg His first assignment has him paired with Lieutenant Walter Ramos, fresh out of undercover work, in what The fourth entry in the series featuring South African detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper brings vividly to life the rigid apartheid system in the country in 1953 Although those laws were abolished over twenty years ago, the author places the reader squarely into that reality, the dichotomy made very clear.Emmanuel has obtained a short term transfer from the coastal city of Durban to Jo burg His first assignment has him paired with Lieutenant Walter Ramos, fresh out of undercover work, in what proves to be a very testy relationship The case involves an upscale white couple who have been savagely beaten and left for dead in their home, their Mercedes auto stolen The couple s young daughter identifies one of the culprits as a young man who is the son of Cooper s best friend, a man to whom he owes his life ago, but Cooper is certain she is lying When the boy has no alibi for the night in question, proving his innocence is a formidable task Joined in his investigation is the boy s father, Zulu Detective Samuel Shabalala, and their trusted friend, Dr Daniel Zweigman, a German who had survived the war in Buchenwald but not before losing all three of his children Cooper himself had been a combat soldier during the war, and was raised in a slum populated for the most part by black Africans, it also contained a smattering of Jews, Indians and mixed race couples intent on breeding brown skinned children Sophiatown defied the racial segregation laws The three make for an imposing team.The laws of the time made interracial relationships illegal, and all blacks were legally required to carry a passbook on them at all times, which must contain the bearer s name, place of origin and photograph Cooper finds himself a lying European detective sergeant with a mixed race woman and daughter stashed away from public view, who broke the law every day He was, in reality, already across the line that divided the dirty cops from the clean ones, but a better cop than most, and won t leave the case unsolved, whatever barriers, be they his superiors or corrupt cops, even if they might be one and the same Wonderfully plotted and written, suspense filled to the very end, this was another terrific book in the series, and is highly recommended