A Beautiful Place to Die

A Beautiful Place to Die

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Malla Nunn

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  • Publisher: PICADOR
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm x 28mm | 344g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330461001
  • ISBN 13: 9780330461009
  • Sales rank: 48,888

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When an Afrikaans police captain is murdered in a small South African country town, Detective Emmanuel Cooper must navigate his way through the labyrinthine racial and social divisions that split the community. And as the National Party introduces the laws to support the system of apartheid, Emmanuel struggles -- much like Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko -- to remain a good man in the face of astonishing power. In a considered but very commercial novel, Malla Nunn combines a compelling plot with a thoughtful and complex portrayal of a fascinating period of history, illustrating the human desires that drive us all, regardless of race, colour or creed. A Beautiful Place To Die is the first of a planned series of novels featuring Detective Emmanuel Cooper. 'A terrific page-turning debut. Clever and multi-layered in its portrayal of the people and landscape of apartheid South Africa. I loved it' Minette Walters 'Remarkable' Literary Review 'A first crime novel of considerable power ' Sydney Morning Herald

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Author information

Malla Nunn was born in Swaziland, southern Africa, but moved to Australia in the 1970s. She studied theatre in America, where she met her husband and began writing and directing short films, three of which -- Fade to White, Sweetbreeze and Servant of the Ancestors -- won numerous awards and have been shown at international festivals from Zanzibar to New York City. Malla now lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.

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By Chewbacca 03 Apr 2014 5

Words can not describe how much I fell in love with this novel. Great setting, fantastic characters, amazing story, it really is a masterclass in story-telling. Can't wait to read to next book in the series.