A corrupt cop, a gangbanger, and an ex-marine sitting on three million dollars in stolen cash find themselves entangled in this "cinematic cape town thriller" (Bookpage).Reluctant bank robber Jack Burn is on the run after a heist in the United States that left three million dollars missing and... show more
A corrupt cop, a gangbanger, and an ex-marine sitting on three million dollars in stolen cash find themselves entangled in this "cinematic cape town thriller" (Bookpage).Reluctant bank robber Jack Burn is on the run after a heist in the United States that left three million dollars missing and one cop dead. Hiding out in Cape Town, South Africa, he is desperate to build a new life for his pregnant wife and young son. But on a tranquil evening in their new suburban neighborhood, they are the victims of a random gangland break-in. Benny Mongrel, an ex-con night watchman, knows who went into Burn's house, and what the American did to them. Burn’s actions soon trap them both in a cat-and-mouse game with Rudi "Gatsby" Barnard, a corrupt Afrikaner cop. Once Gatsby smells those missing American millions, the men are drawn into a web of murder and vengeance that builds to an unforgettable conclusion.
Publish date: December 22nd 2009
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
Book 1, in the Cape Town series This fantastic story almost impossible to put down recounts how, why and what happened to Jack Burns, an American who relocated to Cape Town, South Africa with his family. Blackmailed into participating in a bank heist that went terribly wrong in his home town o...
I read both of Smith's first two novels (including #2 Wake Up Dead) in one fell swoop, part of a larger project I'm fiddling around, trying to see if/how it might develop. (If you're interested...I'm interested in the explosion of South African crime fiction since '94... what, how, why, who. Other ...
Debut thriller set in South Africa. Parts of this were very well done. I found the descriptions of the poverty and hopelessness of characters who lived in the poorer Cape Flats area of Cape Town completely convincing. On the other hand, the bad guy was too over the top for me and the main charact...