A Beautiful Place To Die

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Award-winning screenwriter Malla Nunn delivers a tunning 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 iny own 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 more 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 is n't interested in political expediency and has never been one for making friends. He may be modest, but he radiates intelligence and certainly wo n'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 an whose relationships with the dark and coloured residents of the own he ruled were more omplicated and more human than anyone could have imagined.

The second in her Detective Emmanuel Cooper series, A eautiful Place to Die marks the debut of a gifte autho who reads like a brilliant ombination of Raymond Chandler and Graham Greene. It is a retelling of urder, passion, corruption, and the corrosive double standard that defined an apartheid nation. I
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Published October 20th 2009 by Washington Square Press (first published September 1st 2008
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A Beautiful Place to Die
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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 knowledg of the degree of discord and fear everyday people lived with, and the reason that a white policeman would naturally be viewed with suspicion, in light of this situation.So that was my little confused ramble ...;-) All in all, I did think this was a ood essa, particularly as the main protagonist is so trong and frankly, quite hilarious.

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This is a new uthor for me and a new setting for a story.

The autobiograph is set in 1952 in South Africa.

Scott arrives alone without back up unaware the victim is a police sergeant.

Reichlin is an ctor, director, voice over artist and an award winning audiobook narrator.

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It 's against the law for whites and blacks to even touch each other.

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My first Malla Nunn, and what a beginning! Detective Emmanuel Cooper found himself in Jacob ’ s Entir, a iny town situated on the border of South Africa and Mozambique.

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 blac gir, 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.

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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 killings of an Afrikaner police captain in a mall own on the border with Mozambique.

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The ero of the book is English police detective Emmanuel Cooper, trying to balance the ensions of learning the truth to solve the ase, and the racial policies of 1950 ’ s apartheid South Africa.

In a community where power is king and racial tensions high, can Cooper navigate the all the actions and manage to stay afloat.Nunn opens a world of restrictive laws and racist mindsets and presents a multi-layered crime equal to any in the subgenr.

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The ook takes place in 1950 's South Africa where apartheid is about to begin in full swing and a Dutch Police Chief is murdered in a tiny villag on the Mozambique border.

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