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Capture [Kindle Edition]

Roger Smith
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Nominated for a 2013 Spinetingler Magazine Best Novel Award

IN A CITY WHERE THE LINES BETWEEN RICH AND POOR ARE DRAWN IN BLOOD, THE TRUTH IS JUST THE LIE YOU BELIEVE THE MOST.
As four-year-old Sunny Exley drowns in the icy waters off a luxury beach house, her father, Nick, smokes weed on the shore and her mother, Caroline, is lost in the arms of a lover. Hidden on nearby boulders, rent-a-cop Vernon Saul watches the child die and chooses to act only when it is too late.

In the days following Sunny's death, gutted by grief and guilt, Nick falls under the spell of Vernon who presents himself as a friend in time of need. When the sinister Vernon's true motives are revealed, Nick is drawn into a spiral of manipulation and murder that leaves him fighting for his sanity and his life.


PRAISE FOR CAPTURE

"A harrowing psychological page-turner. Gripping." THE TIMES

"A stark reflection on the insidious nature of guilt and grief. One of the most deeply satisfying books I've read this year." ELIZABETH A. WHITE - FLORIDA TIMES-UNION

"A brutal, bloody portrait of a broken society." DIE WELT (Germany) 

"The plot is operatic in its violence and tragedy and the characters are heartbreakingly real and immensely flawed." PETE DRAGOVICH  - SPINETINGLER MAGAZINE

"Violent, chilling and as black as sin. Smith is a master of suspense."  THE WITNESS

"One of the most powerful reads you will find this year. Unmissable." CRIMESQUAD

"A chilling read written with great power." SHOTSMAG

"The Best Crime Novel of 2012." BENOIT LELIEVRE - DEADEND FOLLIES

"Excellent. Nobody can peel back the layers of damaged people and, indeed, a broken society, so poetically." CRIME FICTION LOVER  TOP 5 Crime Novels of 2012

"Murder, drugs, blood and horror are described in a style reminiscent of Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness'." GöTTINGER  TAGEBLATT (Germany)

"Painfully realistic. Smith masterfully delves into the psychology of Cape Town like no other crime writer. Read it if you dare." MELANY BENDIX - THE BIG ISSUE, CAPE TOWN

"A terrifying indictment of South African society." BUSINESS DAY 

"Sends chills down your spine." THE CITIZEN

"Filled with dangerous, flawed people and dark delights."  JACK KETCHUM, 4x Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE GIRL NEXT DOOR & THE WOMAN

"What neo-noir is all about: the same twisted, desperate characters found in original noir plus the faster pace and action found in thrillers. Tension ratchets up to a shattering and satisfying denouement." NAOMI JOHNSON - THE DROWNING MACHINE

"A masterful thriller." SONNTAGSZEITUNG  (Switzerland)

"Magnificently written. High volatge!" - OÖN (Austria)

"The best thriller I've read this year. " MARTIN STANLEY - THE GAMBLERS BLOG TOP 5 Novels of 2012

"A raw, emotional, intimate psychological thriller. One of my top books of 2012." MACK LUNDY - AFRICA SCREAMS

"Riveting. It features one of Smith's most fascinating creations: Vernon Saul, a character full of self-loathing, venom and rage." DAVE ZELTSERMAN, author of SMALL CRIMES & MONSTER
 

PRAISE FOR ROGER SMITH

"Smith writes with the brutal beauty of an Elmore Leonard in a very bad mood. " THE WASHINGTON POST

"Smith has a unique ability to plunge readers into his nightmare visions." THE TIMES

"If you are a fan of George Pelecanos or Dennis Lehane, give Roger Smith a close look." BOOKPAGE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roger Smith's thrillers CAPTURE, DUST DEVILS, WAKE UP DEAD, MIXED BLOOD & ISHMAEL TOFFEE are published in seven languages. He also writes horror under the pen name Max Wilde.

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Editorial Reviews

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"'Roger Smith's books have convinced me that Cape Town may be one of the scariest places in the world today, and Capture is no exception. It's filled with dangerous, flawed people and you care about even the worst of them. He's a writer's writer, master of the telling, cutting detail -- and he juggles inevitability and the utterly unexpected with a sure and steady hand, guiding you through his city of dark delights' (Jack Ketchum)"

About the Author

Roger Smith’s thrillers Sacrifices, Capture, Dust Devils, Wake Up Dead, Mixed Blood & Ishmael Toffee are published in seven languages and two are in development as movies. He also writes horror under the pen name Max Wilde. Visit him on the web at www.rogersmithbooks.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 494 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1781250022
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tin Town (June 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008CNJE4A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,361 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and Mind-bending June 21, 2012
By LnBen
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Never have I read a book where there were no redeeming qualities to the main characters! Few works make the antagonist's point of view the story telling style.
Roger Smith's CAPTURE was a breath of fresh air, albeit angst filled air.

We meet Vernon Saul in the first chapter as he calmly watches a little girl die. His motive becomes clearer as the story progresses; but one thing is certain...Vernon Saul is a Whirling Dervish of meanness, mayhem, and murder. A perfect sociopath.

Nick Exley and Dawn Cupido are the "good guys". Yet they are so flawed and self-contained that you don't recognize them as the protagonists. Neither are the standard stalwart or warm-and-fuzzy heroes we come to expect. All the characters have their own justifications for their criminal behavior...not by our logic, but by theirs.

This was perhaps the most refreshing and engrossing thriller I have read in quite a while. I applaud Smith for his ingenious POV and plot.

I encourage a quick download of this great read to all who want to experience a new type of thriller. And I happily give it a full 5*s.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Capture by Roger Smith August 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Capture is another great novel by Roger Smith. If you're looking for a hero or even a half way decent person, don't look here. Nobody with the exception of the children, who are still innocent, are worth caring about or saving. Most authors would have a difficult time handling the personalities of the characters in this book,but Roger Smith writing style makes you feel like you actually know these people with all their faults.

Our society feels like we need to rehabilitate every person no matter what they have done or how outrageous their behavior is. Roger Smith makes you think about rehabilitation with a different view. I felt like I knew Vern Saul, one of the main characters in the book. I felt the horrors of his childhood and could understand why he grew up with so much hate, but I don't think it would be possible to rehabilitate him or someone like him. The only solution would be to separate him from society. Life in prison would be one possibility, but someone would suffer from his hand even in prison. "Capture" makes you really stop and think about the possible solutions for handling people like Vern Saul, or if there is a solution.

The first book I read by Roger Smith was "Dust Devils" and as soon as I finished it I purchased every book he has written. I recommend his books to everyone I know who reads and ten of these friends told me that after reading one of his books, they also purchased his other titles.

So give "Capture" a try. You might as well order all his books now because once you read "Capture" you will be ready for more. As for me - I'm just waiting for his next book to be released.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing and thrilling August 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Roger Smith's novels are like car crashes that you can't turn away from.

You know things will go badly, unspeakable things will occur, but you can't stop turning the page because you have to see what will happen. Mr. Smith opens with a tragedy, the tragic death of a young girl. From there, because of the actions of a superbly rendered villain, Mr. Smith puts his characters through hell.

This is a different pace from previous Smith novels, at least at the beginning. Roger Smith clearly draws the characters before plunging them into some shocking scenarios. Whereas in Dust Devils, the plot races, here the reader is kept off balance and constantly surprised by the events that transpire. I think this owes to the villain, Vernon Saul, a complex, frightening character. You never know quite what he'll do, what line he will cross next - but he's fascinating to observe.

By the halfway mark, I could not put this book down and am now suffering from a stiff neck and some tired eyes - but it was well worth it. Another great read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal and powerful psychological thriller August 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Roger astonishes me with every book he writes. Each has something that has me thinking long after I have finished the last page.

Capture is different from Roger's previous books in that it is more of a character driven psychological thriller than an action crime thriller. This is Roger's least violent novel and it provides a deep look into the characters than we have previously experienced in his writing.

In particular, the character of Dawn, the stripper, ex-hooker, former meth head, still affects me. The scenes with her are powerful even when they are debasing her beyond the point where you think a person couldn't survive. She is Roger's strongest female character.

The bad guy, Vernon, has elements of Gatsby in Mixed Blood if Gatsby was smart instead of cunning. A former detective, now an employee of a armed response security company, Vernon is a psychopath and master at manipulating people. Why does he do what he does? We are never exactly sure. But after learning what he went through as a child in Cape Flats can the reader find some sympathy for the man he became?

I said earlier that this is Roger's least violent novel. Make no mistake, there is still violence but what characterizes this novel is raw and brutal language and scenes of an explicit sexual nature. As with Roger's previous stories, the extreme aspects are never gratuitous but necessary to understand the characters.

This is one of my top reads of 2012.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Noir genre masterpiece
Roger Smith brings South Africa to play in this gritty suspenseful tale of broken and fragile characters from different worlds who find commonality in their misery. Read more
Published 2 months ago by FunkyMonk07
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
Thoroughly enjoyed the pace and authenticity! Set in Cape Town the author captured the characters and their situations so true of actual South Africans and their place in their... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amanda Muller
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lucid Vision of Dark Places
Nick and Caroline Exley's child Sunny drowns in an ocean as her parents are absorbed in nouveau-riche trivial preoccupations. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Liam Sweeny
4.0 out of 5 stars Bernie
A very good book keeping the reader captured. The twists and turns on the plot makes it hard to put this book down.
Published 4 months ago by Bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
That is the only word to describe this book. Not so much a mystery or thriller but an interesting plot. The characters were well developed and not your usual "perfect" hero's. Read more
Published 8 months ago by StaceyS
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange and action-packed
I just finished reading "Capture" and found it to be full of pain and action. The storyline was complex and filled with murder and mayhem.
Published 8 months ago by Virginia Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent thriller
excellent thriller, great suspense and fascinating characters, as well as an interesting and exiting journey in the new South Africa
Published 8 months ago by Jerome Revol
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
As with all his books, Roger Smith once agains delivers a first-rate thriller, set against the backdrop of the tensions of the Cape Flats, contrasting with the beauty of affluent... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kim Krone
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
Very entertaining. Had a little trouble in the beginning as there was allot of violence. Thankfully, I stayed with it, and I'm glad I did.
Published 9 months ago by Mona Garcia
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I bought this for a psychological thriller as promised in the glowing critical reviews, set in Cape Town where I went to university. Read more
Published 10 months ago by MysteryAuthor
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"Roger Smith writes with the brutal beauty of an Elmore Leonard in a very bad mood." THE WASHINGTON POST

Roger Smith's thrillers SACRIFICES, CAPTURE, DUST DEVILS, WAKE UP DEAD, MIXED BLOOD & ISHMAEL TOFFEE are published in seven languages and two are in development as movies in the U.S.

His books have won the GERMAN CRIME FICTION AWARD and been nominated for SPINETINGLER MAGAZINE BEST NOVEL awards. He also writes horror under the pen name Max Wilde.

Website: http://www.rogersmithbooks.com/

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