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Let the Dead Lie: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, April 20, 2010
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So I was thrilled to receive an email from my friends at Simon & Schuster recently that read, "If you love Steig Larsson's Mikael Blomkvist you will certainly fall in love with Malla Nunn's enigmatic Emmanuel Cooper." They were referring to the main character in Nunn's second novel, Let the Dead Lie, and I was sold. I requested an advance review copy and devoured it.
This book is actually a sequel to Nunn's debut novel, A Beautiful Place to Die (now also on my reading list). Both stories feature Emmanuel Cooper, a former soldier and police detective sergeant who is indeed as crafty and tough as Larsson's Blomkvist. And like Blomkvist, the actions of his past haunt his present.
Let the Dead Lie is set in 1950s South Africa, specifically, in the port town of Durban - a melting pot of Indians, Afrikaners, Zulus, English, Russians, Jews, and Greeks - that at this point in history is still subject to the racial separation system of apartheid. The area of focus is the Victory Shipyards, which turn into a hotbed of violence, prostitution, and thievery at night.
Cooper is now working undercover on the docks of Durban Harbor to document police corruption, when he stumbles upon the slain body of an 11-year-old English slum kid that ran errands in the shipyard.Read more ›
In LET THE DEAD LIE, Malla Nunn, Swaziland born filmmaker and author, creates a murder mystery rich in detail that takes the reader to the heart 1950s South African culture. Every gesture or word between characters carries with it the social construct of apartheid. As in her first novel, Malla Nunn instills a keen sense of place and history into the mystery. Against this rich background, LET THE DEAD LIE creates complex characters in which various types of corruption, overt and those hidden beneath surface appearances come into play. Cooper's investigation takes the reader beyond the stereotypes created by apartheid, while exposing the unintended consequences of the apartheid laws.Read more ›
The action in Let the Dead Lie centers around the deductive work of a former detective sergeant, Emmanuel Cooper. Emmanuel was earlier forced to buy his release from the police force on pain of otherwise being dishonorably discharged for an action that, under a more just system than the reigning apartheid regime, would not have been necessary. Within 48 hours, Emmanuel has to solve a crime without the backup of the resources that would have been available to him as a matter of course if he had been part of the conventional police force. Not only does Emmanuel have to cope with the thugs and criminals that formed part of the underworld of the time, but he also finds himself up against those who would, prior to his disgrace, have been his colleagues. With the threat of a jail sentence hanging over his head if he does not solve the crime, involving the murder of a young white boy, which rapidly escalates into the murder of three victims, in time, Emmanuel has no time to waste. Each page is more gripping than the first, as Emmanuel's deadline looms ever closer.
In addition to those striving to outwit or outrun him, Emmanuel also has his own inner demons with which to contend.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
mmanual Cooper is a cop in South Africa in the 1950s, during the day of apartheid. Emmanual Cooper is also a cop whose opportunities on the force and in life are limited due to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Andrew Kuligowski
Nunn once again gives us a very revealing glimpse into South African life under the ruling National Party's segregation laws. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cathy G. Cole
Very well written novel. Worth taking a look. Set in South Africa with a lot of local color and excellent insights into the culture and people of this country.Published 18 months ago by JJS
Superb characterization - Emmanuel Cooper is an intriguing, honorable and immensely likeable detective. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jules
This the second novel by Nunn, and having enjoyed her first one I eagerly awaited her second.
The main protagonist is Emmanuel Cooper, a mixed-race detective in Durban. Read more
Always suspenseful and full of interesting apartheid details. Great characters! Bad, bad villains. A determined hero, Good stuff!Published 23 months ago by Suede Barstow
I read this book and enjoyed it so much I purchased her other two hr which are sequels to it. Not only is it a story very well told, but I learned so much about South Africa, the... Read morePublished on May 9, 2014 by Kym Snell