By Malla Nunn
Award-winning screenwriter Malla Nunn grants a beautiful and darkly romantic crime novel set in Fifties apartheid South Africa, that includes Detective Emmanuel Cooper -- a guy stuck up in a time and position the place racial tensions and the uncooked starvation for energy make lifestyles very harmful indeed.
In a morally complicated story wealthy with authenticity, Nunn takes readers to Jacob's relaxation, a tiny city at the border among South Africa and Mozambique. it truly is 1952, and new apartheid legislation have lately long past into influence, dividing a country into black and white whereas supposedly therapeutic the political rifts among the Afrikaners and the English. Tensions simmer because the fault line among the oppressed and the oppressors cuts deeper, yet it's no longer until eventually an Afrikaner police officer is located lifeless that feelings extra harmful than somebody concept attainable boil to the outside.
whilst Detective Emmanuel Cooper, an Englishman, starts investigating the homicide, his project is preempted by means of the strong police safeguard department, who're devoted to their crusade to flush out black communist radicals. yet Detective Cooper isn't drawn to political expediency and hasn't ever been one for making pals. He will be modest, yet he radiates intelligence and definitely won't be getting on his knees sooner than these in strength. as an alternative, he moves out on his personal, following a path of clues that lead him to discover a stunning forbidden love and the imperfect lifetime of Captain Pretorius, a guy whose relationships with the black and colored citizens of the city he governed have been extra complex and extra human than someone may have imagined.
the 1st in her Detective Emmanuel Cooper sequence, A attractive position to Die marks the debut of a skilled author who reads like a super mix of Raymond Chandler and Graham Greene. it's a story of homicide, ardour, corruption, and the corrosive double commonplace that outlined an apartheid country. I
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Ein achtunddreißigjähriger Arzt namens Timo Feldheim. Er hatte mit seiner Frau zusammen eine Praxis für Haut- und Geschlechtskrankheiten in Lübeck. « Er sah sie spöttisch an. �Nein. « �Ja. Der Name seiner Frau ist Katja Simon. Sie ist auch hier. Ich habe sie kurz gesehen, als Gabler mit ihr sprach. Sie hat ein Alibi«, setzte er hinzu. « Pia wollte sich nicht auf weitergehende Diskussionen über den Fall mit Broders einlassen. Er war ein erfahrener Kriminalbeamter, dessen Wissen und Urteilsvermögen sie schätzte.
Er durfte nicht zeigen, dass er irritiert war. Ignorieren – weiter im Text! Sollten sich seine Parteifreunde darum kümmern! Eines Tages würde er richtige Security haben … oder gleich ein paar Leute vom BKA im Hintergrund. Er riss sich zusammen. »Es sind unsere Kinder, die die Zukunft unseres Landes in den Händen halten. Ihre Tochter, Ihr Enkelsohn! Unsere Zukunft wird leichtfertig …« Schon wieder sah er eine Bewegung links von sich an der Seite des Saals. Einer seiner Leute neben der Bühne bellte einen kurzen Befehl zu einem Kollegen im Hintergrund des Raumes.
Früher hatte diese Straße quasi im Nirgendwo geendet, an der Zonengrenze zur ehemaligen DDR. Noch etwa fünfhundert Meter, dann müsste er zum ersten Posten von Bahn B gelangen, gelegen an einem Wurzelstock. Als er den Wimpel im Unterholz aufblitzen sah, lief er das letzte Stück querfeldein, markierte seine Laufkarte mit der Lochzange und orientierte sich dann in Richtung Ostsee. Er atmete gleichmäßig. Seine Bronchien kamen mit der feuchten Seeluft gut zurecht. Am Sportboothafen konnte er im Dunst den roten Backsteinturm des Travemünder Leuchtturms erkennen.