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Capture by [Smith, Roger]
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"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." 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." 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

"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)

"An explosive, diabolical thriller." PARIS-MATCH (France)
"Plunges us into a sea of  suffering and brutality. Terrifying." LE FIGARO (France)

"Painfully realistic. Smith masterfully delves into the psychology of Cape Town like no other crime writer. Read it if you dare." 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 author of THE GIRL NEXT DOOR

"What neo-noir is all about: the same twisted, desperate characters found in original noir plus the faster pace and action found in thrillers." THE DROWNING MACHINE

"A masterful thriller." SONNTAGSZEITUNG  (Switzerland)

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

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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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008CNJE4A
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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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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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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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The players: Vernon Saul, ex cop, opportunist, psycho path. Dawn Cupido, stripper, ex meth head & hooker with a child. Looking for a better life. Nick Exely, white, rich software developer with wife and daughter. The story starts with Vernon sitting on a rock watching a opportunity unfold from someone else's misery. Nick is on the beach getting high while his wife is in the house getting her jollies with another man. Sunny, his daughter, is drowning in the water.
Dawn was helped by Vernon to kick the meth habit and get her child back from social services. It wasn't out of the goodness of Vernon's heart because there isn't any goodness in him. He has plans for Dawn, he just doesn't know what they are yet. She now owes him. Nick owes him. You don't want to owe Vernon Saul anything, ever. Vernon likes to hurt people. Vernon likes the feeling of being in control of people. Vernon likes to play God.
The reality part? This story takes place in Capetown, but it could be any place in the world. The bad choices people make in their lives. Whether they're a victim of circumstance or their surroundings, there will always be vultures circling to swoop down and gain something from the misery of others. As other reviewers have said, this a psychological thriller. It has the blood & gore of Roger Smith's previous novels, but this one gets under your skin in a different way. Two people from completely different walks of life being controlled by the same heartless vulture. If you haven't read any of Mr. Smith's other books,this is a good place to start. I'm pretty confidant that you will go back and read his others.
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