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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Europa Editions (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933372885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933372884
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Readers should be prepared for graphic scenes of shocking violence in Férey's hard-hitting procedural, which won France's Grand Prix for Best Crime Novel. Ali Neuman, the chief of the Cape Town police crime unit, investigates the murder of 18-year-old Nicole Wiese, found one morning in the South African city's botanical gardens with her skull crushed in. Since the victim's father was a member of the Springboks rugby team that won the world championship in 1995, the case attracts heavy press coverage. The trail leads Neuman to an extraordinarily brutal narcotics gang with links to a former apartheid official. The good guys don't walk away from their encounters with the bad guys unscathed. This is a welcome addition to the growing ranks of crime books set in South Africa—powerful and unflinching in its portrayal of evil both mindless and calculating. (May)
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"Férey’s nightmarish vision of South African crime creates a whole new kind of hell." —Mostly Fiction

"The action moves at warp speed." — Reviews by Mary Whipple

"A horrifying, eye-opening thriller."  — Kirkus Review

 "Powerful and unflinching in its portrayal of evil both mindless and calculating."   —  Publishers Weekly

"This impressive and distinctive novel is a different angle on the South African crime story."  — International Noir

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Very well written.
Pernille Arneberg
Yet in this novel there is the hope for reconciliation between past and present in the sacrifices of those that love the land and its people - black or white.
Believer
This is without a doubt one of, if not the, best pieces of fiction I've ever had the pleasure of reading!
T. T. Thomas

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Garry A. Nelson on January 12, 2011
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I've read plenty of dark and dangerous mysteries in various locales. The bottom line - if you like yours really dark, scary, violent, colorful, and yes, sad, this is a must. If you like the cynicism and despair of Deadwood let's say, you'll love this. Plus you get Capetown for a backdrop. I started while in Capetown but finished back home - I'm glad I did or I wouldn't have gone out on the streets so easily.
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(4.5 stars) Winner of the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière in France as Best Crime novel of the year, and four other "best" prizes, Zulu is a powerful, multilayered novel set in South Africa during its transition between the old rule of apartheid and the new rule by black Africans. The African National Congress, under Mandela, needs the former white rulers to maintain control in many areas--and these whites quickly establish their own militias to protect themselves and to act on "infractions" or threats to the "peace" as they see it. Other African movements, like Inkatha, also challenge the ANC, leading to conflict for power within the black movements.

The novel focuses on three Cape Town police officers--Ali Neuman, a black officer who has survived an inhuman massacre which killed his parents and his fifteen-year-old brother; Brian Epkeen, a free-wheeling white officer whose family was originally involved in the establishment of apartheid but who works well with Neuman; and Dan Fletcher, their white protégé, whose wife has just undergone chemo for cancer. The story unwinds with the tension one would expect of a novel which has won as many prizes as this one has, and the glimpses of South African life keep the reader intrigued as the investigation of the death of a young woman, found mutilated in the Botanical Gardens of Kirstenbosch unfolds.

Soon the team is investigating yet another, similar death. Life is so uncertain in Cape Town, at this point, that many wonder, "How could the leading democracy in Africa be the most dangerous country in the world?" With 18,000 murders a year, 26,000 serious assaults, and 60,000 (reported) rapes, it is no wonder that there are over five million guns are in the hands of just forty-five million citizens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Cocco on December 24, 2013
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Combining the dark visceral look at south Africa's criminal underbelly akin to Roger Smith novels with a John Lecarre like focus on the corporate and governmental forces that abet street level crime, this book is a timely sobering and terribly exciting portrayal of the real people representing and victimized by these modern urban forces.
Although it's a translated book, one is with very rare exceptions unaware of it. Among the best of its kind.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda R. Harrington on April 13, 2011
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Zulu - everything you can ask for in a great read - background, character, flavor, locale, drama. Wish I knew French better so I could order his other books. Highly recommend this amazing book.
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By hbdawg on July 11, 2014
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Graphically violent to a fault. Probably more accurately a depiction of post apartheid South Africa than most but a truly disturbing novel. Aids, murder, rape, mutilation, drugs and brutality are all par for the course. The tenuous relations between and amongst blacks, white and coloreds makes one wonder how South Africa survives. Yet one cannot put it down. So caveat emptor.
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it was really difficult to get through it. very violent and graphic. but isnt this the world we are living in? someone had to document it in a way that doesnt decide who the winners and losers are... just the facts, and the price we pay for justice. we equate truth with conspiracy theories but the reality is usually harder to take than a lie. we ease our minds with lies... its just a way to navigate chaos. but we wont get far if we dont address situations for what they are.
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By Bella Greene on January 10, 2014
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Intriguing perspective but this novel is too long and too labored. That is, it is very French in its style.
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This is a great novel about the new South Africa, where the Crimes of the Past have the power to still bring evil. I look forward to seeing the planned film. However, the author's 1st novel Mapuche was one of the best books Ihave ever read and Icannot give this effort another 5 star rating. I sorry, to say if you read HUCK FINN before TOM SAWYER you would have the same problem. I am looking forward to more from Caryl Ferey.
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