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Capture [Kindle Edition]

Roger Smith
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Book Description

Nominated for a 2013 Spinetingler Magazine Best Novel Award

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.


"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


"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


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.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Roger Smith's previous books - Shattering and satisfying -- Chelsea Cain Roger Smith writes with the brutal beauty of Elmore Leonard in a very bad mood Washington Post Fast and furious Sunday Times SA Brilliant and blistering -- Craig Russell 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, author of The Girl Next Door

About the Author

Roger Smith was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. A screenwriter, producer and director, his award-winning first thriller, Mixed Blood, was published in six countries. Both Mixed Blood and his second book, Wake Up Dead, are currently in development as feature films.

Product Details

  • File Size: 771 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tin Town (June 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008CNJE4A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,756 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and Mind-bending June 21, 2012
By LnBen
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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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8 of 9 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal and powerful psychological thriller August 12, 2012
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing and thrilling August 4, 2012
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Capture
Have read everyone of his books! Everyone as good as the last! Can't wait for the next one, so good! Awesome!
Published 3 months ago by cinder
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This book kept me interested. The main character in the book was caught up in one lie after another after a fateful accident occurs while he made a horrible mistake.
Published 4 months ago by jya
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Most stories end before treading into uncomfortable and dark territory. Roger Smith begins there.
Published 5 months ago by conspirewriter
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Another engaging Roger Smith read
Published 6 months ago by David Minnick
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a good story, well written
Excellent read--kept me interested throughout its entirety. This was the first book I've read from Roger Smith and since then I've read more of his books. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
I couldn't put the book down. Every page held on to your heart. A story about love and losing the ones we love. "Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to device. Read more
Published 7 months ago by becky
5.0 out of 5 stars Abuse and manipulation
Situated in Cape Town this story is really disturbing: who captures whom, who is captured? Abuse and manipulation, growing madness in a mad world.
Published 9 months ago by Barbara Tsipouras
1.0 out of 5 stars A well written book with a story that makes you want to find out.
Well written but I did not like the story. It was too foreign and seemed impossible to imagine things happening like they did.
Published 11 months ago by Pattie W.
1.0 out of 5 stars Capture
This book was terrible I could not get into it. I tried I just could not finish it. I gave up.
Published 11 months ago by Dawn R
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
This book was not my cup of tea. Too many disgusting people and the end was so unbelievable. You can try and pretty up a pig but it is still what it is.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

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

Roger Smith's thrillers MAN DOWN, SACRIFICES, CAPTURE, DUST DEVILS, WAKE UP DEAD, MIXED BLOOD & ISHMAEL TOFFEE are published in eight 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.


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