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    4.5 the house is in disarray stars 2016 Honorable Mention Ms Nunn has written a detective debut that is riveting, intense, complex and compelling.I was about to start Les Miserables but decided I wanted something shorter and my murder mystery fanatic buddy sent this my way.Well, I did not do a stitch of housework this weekend as all I wanted to do is read this book The book takes place in 1950 s South Africa where apartheid is about to begin in full swing and a Dutch Police Chief is murdere 4.5 the house is in disarray stars 2016 Honorable Mention Ms Nunn has written a detective debut that is riveting, intense, complex and compelling.I was about to start Les Miserables but decided I wanted something shorter and my murder mystery fanatic buddy sent this my way.Well, I did not do a stitch of housework this weekend as all I wanted to do is read this book The book takes place in 1950 s South Africa where apartheid is about to begin ...


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    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 Secu 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 ...


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    Malla Nunn writes with such a sure and steady hand that it s hard to believe this is a first novel She really knows how to string you along with the mystery, keeping you reading as the secret lives of the characters are slowly revealed The mystery itself is excellent, but the intimate look at rural apartheid in South Africa is equally as interesting, if notso The story takes place in 1952, shortly after the National Party has enacted very strict new segregation laws It s against the la Malla Nunn writes with such a sure and steady hand that it s hard to believe this is a first novel She really knows how to string you along with the mystery, keeping you reading as the secret lives of the characters are slowly revealed The mystery itself is excellent, but the intimate look at rural apartheid in South Africa is equally as interesting, if notso The story takes place in 1952, shortly after the National Party has enacted very strict new segregation laws It s against the law for whites and blacks to even touch each other The murder of an Afrikaner police captain leads to an investigation that ultimately reveals the depravity of those who believe they are ordained and favored by God They see this as entitlement to take what they want from those not favored Their whiteness makes them virtually immune to...


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    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 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 result of sorts But Cooper wasn t too concerned about the politics of the situation, he just wanted to find the murderer So he went out on his own, keeping...


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    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 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 cr...


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    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 i Excellent debut novel by Mala Nunn,...


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    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 ser...


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    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 vic 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 tur...


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    First Sentence Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper switched off the engine and looked out through the dirty windscreen.Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper is sent from Johannesburg to Jacob s Rest after a call comes in reporting a possible murder What he finds is the body of the town s Afrikaner police captain, William Pretorius, and a confrontation with his volatile family Members of the powerful Security Branch also arrive and push Cooper out, leaving his to investigate a peeping tom case uns First Sentence Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper switched off the engine and looked out through the dirty windscreen.Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper is sent from Johannesburg to Jacob s Rest after a call comes in reporting a possible murder What he finds is the body of the town s Afrikaner police captain, William Pretorius, and a confrontation with his volatile family Members of the powerful Security Branch also arrive and push Cooper out, leaving his to investigate a peeping tom case unsolved by the dead chief Clues and determination lead Cooper to Pretorius secrets and the motive for his death A Beautiful Place to Die gives a stark portrayal of South Africa during apartheid and the Immorality Act banning sexual conduct between whites and nonwhites Although I was able to look the terms up, a glossary might have been hel...


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    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 sup 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 apart...


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A Beautiful Place to Die (Detective Emmanuel Cooper, #1) Award Winning Screenwriter Malla Nunn Delivers A Stunning And Darkly Romantic Crime Novel Set In 1950s 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 1952, 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