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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.

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  • File Size: 771 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tin Town (June 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008CNJE4A
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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 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.

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

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By LnBen on June 21, 2012
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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 By Dana Horne on August 5, 2012
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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 By Amazon Customer on 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 By Mike Miner on 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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