A Beautiful Place to DieAuthor: Malla Nunn
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The most eagerly-anticipated crime fiction debut of 2008!
In the tiny South African town of Jacob's Rest, Detective Emmanuel Cooper is sent to investigate the murder of an Afrikaans police officer, Captain Willem Pretorius.
Cooper, an "English" South African, is viewed with suspicion by both the Boer Afrikaaners and the dead man's prominent family, and his investigation is quickly taken over by Security Branch. But Cooper isn't interested in political expediency, or making friends in high places, and as he pursues his own inquiry, he discovers that Captain Pretorius had led a deadly double life.
The more he digs, the more dangerous the investigation becomes. Cooper has secrets of his own. If he can survive long enough to learn the truth about Captain Pretorius, it might just save his life.
In this riveting debut, Malla Nunn combines a thrilling, action-packed story with a thoughtful, complex portrayal of an unforgettable time and place and the human desires that drive us all, regardless of race, colour or creed.
AwardsAward: Winner, Davitt Award Year: 2009 Prize: Best Adult Novel
Classifications:Prize Winning Crime Fiction, Prize Winning Australian, Prize Winning