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Present Darkness: A Novel (Detective Emmanuel Cooper Book 4) by [Nunn, Malla]
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Book 4 of 4 in Detective Emmanuel Cooper (4 Book Series)

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Nunn sets her procedurals in 1950s, apartheid-riven South Africa, infusing the natural drama of crime-solving with the added tensions between races and cultures. The details Nunn provides can be wrenchingly revealing. For example, when a dying black man is discovered in the garden attached to the home of a white couple, the cop on the scene doesn’t want to use a blanket from inside the home to cover the man; his hesitation speaks volumes about race. His superior, Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper of the Johannesburg Major Crimes Squad, has to cover his own anger by saying they can burn the blanket later. In this, the fourth in the series, set in 1953, Cooper is put to the test when the youngest son of his best friend and frequent partner, Zulu Detective Constable Samuel Shabalala, is accused of the savage assault of a white couple, a high-school principal and his wife. The investigation is halted by Cooper’s sadistic superior, who wants a quick close to the case. Cooper’s persistence, against orders, takes the reader into very strange and corrupt territory indeed. --Connie Fletcher

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“The suspense is irresistible, and the mystery sustains itself well. This is a wonderfully effective addition to Nunn’s already masterful series of novels. A highly recommended novel.”— Historical Novel Society

“Nunn has created a timeless mystery, a crime that could happen in 1950’s South Africa, or on your block tomorrow. This is definitely an author I will read their backlist and in turn keep on reading for as many books as they care to write.” (Book Him Danno)

Blessed are the Dead is a brilliant book. I will soon be returning to the lives of Cooper and Shabalala.” (Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan)

"Superlative." (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“This well-plottedbook is like a jigsaw puzzle whose pieces fit together with a terribleprecision, and yet can be read with hope that the good guys will prevail. (Itis a series, after all.) Recommended for anyone who loves a good mystery with acomplicated, tough protagonist worth falling for." (Historical Novel Society)

“Nunn…[infuses] the natural drama of crime-solving with the added tensions between races and cultures…details…can be wrenchingly revealing…[that] takes the reader into very strange and corrupt territory indeed.” (Booklist)

“Build up your international mystery collection with Nunn’s searing 1950s South Africa-set series.” (Library Journal)

"There’s never much doubt who’s really behind the attacks on Ian and Martha Brewer, but Nunn, who provides enough action and suspicion to keep the pot boiling, doesn't need much of a mystery to bring the sad racial divisions of apartheid once more into sharp relief.” (Kirkus)

“An excellent read.” (Mysteries in Paradise)

“Malla Nunn’s bookshave it all: fast-paced, intricate storylines; an exotic setting in a dangerousera; a deeply flawed hero; and an Oscar-worthy cast of supporting characters.” (Bookpage)

“We're fortunate indeed that writers like Malla Nunn are here, working on books like PRESENT DARKNESS. This is crime fiction that goes into an area of human behaviour and a history that needs to be held up to the light, remembered, examined and understood.” (Reviewing the Evidence)

“An engrossing and compelling read . . . saturated with the feel of 1950s South Africa.” —Mike Nicol, author of the Revenge trilogy

“Well written, with a strong place and time, and believable characters, kudos to Emily Bestler Books/Washington Square Press for bringing this series to American mystery fans.”—Barbara Ford, Goodreads

“Gripping.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Consistently engaging.” (Booklist)

“Intense.”—Daily Telegraph (UK)

Unforgettable.” (The Sydney Morning Herald)

“Historical hindsight may make readers a bit more self-congratulatory about recognizing the evils of apartheid, but it won’t help them see around the curves Nunn has plotted or rise above her insight into the enduring dilemmas of her separate-and-unequal world.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A disturbing book with a morally compelling hero.”—Booklist

“Gripping and thoughtful . . . Nunn brilliantly combines character and fair play clues.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)


Product details

  • File Size: 6490 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451616961
  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books; Original edition (June 3, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 3, 2014
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J2GB0O
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