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Sacrifices [Kindle Edition]

Roger Smith
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Book Description

Just another murder in a country where killing is a national pastime . . .
Wealth insulates Michael Lane and his family from South Africa's violent crime epidemic until trouble comes from within the high walls of their Cape Town mansion one night when his teenage son commits an act of unspeakable savagery. Lane, joining his wife in a desperate lie to protect their boy (a lie involving the sacrifice of an innocent) encounters no opposition from cops and courts burdened by chaos and corruption, but he sets in motion a bloody train of revenge and retribution that threatens to destroy him and everything he loves.

Praise for Sacrifices

"Roger Smith is the crime genre's greatest tragedian and Sacrifices might just be his masterpiece. The downfall of these characters is especially Shakespearean."
Peter Dragovich - Spinetingler Magazine

"Perceptive, bloody and gut-wrenching. Another brilliantly crafted piece of noir from Roger Smith."

"Compulsive reading. Smith plots his tale with a master's hand, ensnaring the reader, drawing them in and enhancing his growing reputation as one of the best thriller writers around." Martin Stanley - The Gamblers Blog

"Through Smith's eyes, South Africa becomes a noir dystopia where life is cheap and tragedy spares no one. His bleakest, most twisted and very best novel yet." Benoit Lelievre - Dead End Follies

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

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. Website:

Product Details

  • File Size: 432 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tin Town (July 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DZJV99O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Roger Smith's crime novels set in the environs of Cape Town paint a picture of dystopia and income inequality every bit as riveting as those in the science fiction works of William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, or the ever popular Hunger Games of Suzanne Collins.

Unfortunately, Smith's work is taken from present day reality, and in this world the light of a cell phone turned on in the Cape Flat slums works as a beacon to attract thieves. The gnawing disparity of living conditions corrodes the inner lives of nearly all the characters, slowly, like the steady drip of a leaking faucet.

Sacrifices examines the steady corruption of two sets of choices, choices of guilt and lifestyle preservation for the white characters, and choices of survival, despair, rage, and need for the black ones. These choices all stem from Lane and Beverly's choice to cover up a crime and blame their black housekeeper's son, and the consequences that the human psyche delivers (to different degrees) to those who do so. Unlike crime narratives where coincidence is a driving factor, nearly every outcome in Sacrifices feels driven and caused by earlier choices. Quite a few time while reading I found myself thinking, "Of course."

This book proceeds at a less frenetic pace than some of Smith's previous thrillers, but the pace is still beguiling. It thrums, slowly and steadily, spiralling towards its inevitable outcome. While prior Smith works reminded me of Ludlum, Stark, Thompson or Simenon, this one, by its end felt reminiscent of Hitchcock's Vertigo in its searing portrayal of psychological devastation and obsession.

And its ending is perfect. So buy it. Read it. Now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real-life Dystopian Novel August 17, 2014
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I am not sure why I bought this book. I don't read much in the genre, and I am not too fond of third person simple singular present (it makes books read like stage directions in a script to me), but for whatever reason, I decided to give it a shot. That was a great decision on my part.

To put it bluntly, I loved the book. No, I am not suddenly a fan of the third person simple singular present form, but in this case, the story caught me and brought me beyond that. I was drawn into a dystopian world--not some scifi fantasy, but something that actually exists today. I was pulled into feeling of helplessness and injustice, a world that is foreign to me. I've never been to the RSA, but it wasn't the little differences in every day products and word usage that were foreign to me--it was rather the system that allows such inequality and violence. It may or may not be that prevalent in real life, but for the novel, it was pervasive in each sentence the author crafted.

Characterization was amazing. We were not told that so-and-so was this-or-that: we were shown it. I felt as if I knew the characters and that they were real people, complete with flaws. I didn't like any of the main characters. I sympathized with a few, but I can't say I liked any of them. But that didn't make them any less fascinating. We, as a culture, devour books written about pretty horrible people, and crime shows are a staple on television, so having a likable character is hardly a requirement for a good book. I disliked the characters, but I loved reading about them. Their inner turmoil, their conflicts within themselves, and their journey to how they react was like watching a car wreck. We feel we want to avert our eyes, but we still look.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing read July 20, 2013
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I was a fan of Rogers's before, but after reading - well, let's say devouring, his latest, maybe I'm a fanatic. Dark, harsh, at times horrid, it has everything a true crime masterpiece should. Violence isn't pretty and books about violent passionate crimes shouldn't be either. But although the story is dark, it is engrossing, addictive, and with every turn of the page, as you think, "there's no way that....," you discover not only has it, but in a way you never imagined. Roger's narrative and dialogue is masterful.

If you like crime thrillers you want to read this book. Warning - start it on a day when you also have time to finish it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story May 9, 2014
By van
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One of the best books I have read in a long time. Mike and Beverly murderers and selfish cover up Mikes crime and then their Sociopath son Chris's crime. In amongst this is Louise hellbent on revenge trying to make sense of her fury at the setting up of her brother for Chris. This was a story with so many interwoven plots. I highly recommend a great story with believable and realistic characters against a back drop of South Africa.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal, raw...... August 10, 2014
By Crissyj
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this story takes you right into the darkness of Cape Town and its slums. Your captivated and kept holding your breath wondering what's next. Although a lot of the scenes were very graphic you have a front row seat to the horrors of poverty and injustice in South Africa. This is not a typical book I would read, however, it was very well written, stunning you with the outcome and yet feeling as though a little justice was served.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sacrifices, Roger Smith, a fascinating story May 2, 2014
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SACRIFICES is about injustice, in Cape Town and South Africa. Roger Smith examines how it can be possible that life could be so cheap. Through the ordeal of one rich, white family and one lesser fortunate black one.
Smith's books all possess the power to shock, and to make you realize the horrors in the world, inside of a fascinating story.
Rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Book About The Darkest Side Of Human Relations And The...
I literally could barely stop reading this book and devoured it in a little over a day, taking time out only for needed errands, phone calls, personal hygeine and VERY little... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Philip L. Tudor
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!
Second book I have read by him, and love the descriptions of Cape Town and the social disparity in South Africa. I did not see the end coming!! Awesome book!!
Published 2 months ago by A. Barkley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! One of the very best!
I won't repeat what others have said regarding the synopsis of the book, but I was enthralled by the entire book and its wonderful prose. Read more
Published 3 months ago by muffiemae
4.0 out of 5 stars very good read!
It's not easy to put this one down!
Published 3 months ago by claire berg
3.0 out of 5 stars This was a good mystery, but not one of my favorites because ...
This was a good mystery, but not one of my favorites because most of the characters were unlikable. Although it was well-written, I really didn't have a vested interest in the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Roger Smith - Sacrifices
Roger Smith is a guaranteed page-turner , and absolutely keeps the reader riveted !
He can't write fast enough for me !
Published 5 months ago by ditzy2
5.0 out of 5 stars A sordid crime noir masterpiece
Doom-laden from the beginning, and filled with more dread than any 10 (or 100) NY-published crime novels, Sacrifices is really classic noir as the characters scramble fruitlessly... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dave Zeltserman
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
I just discovered this author and was so amazed by his writing that I am now reading all of his books. Very edgy, stark, dark stories that literally kept me on the edge of my seat. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars plus plus
This is a unputdownable book!! Everything that could go wrong does and murder is the one thing that keeps going "right"! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Trudy Rothman
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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 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.


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