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Let the Dead Lie: A Novel | [Malla Nunn]

Let the Dead Lie: A Novel

The follow-up to her much-acclaimed debut, A Beautiful Place to Die, Malla Nunn’s Let the Dead Lie takes listeners back to 1953 South Africa. When Cooper discovers the body of a young child on the Durban docks, he resists the urge to figure out what happened and leaves it for the local police. But after he is accused of the crime, he has 48 hours to clear his name and find a depraved killer.
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Publisher's Summary

The follow-up to her much-acclaimed debut, A Beautiful Place to Die, Malla Nunn’s Let the Dead Lie takes listeners back to 1953 South Africa.

When Cooper discovers the body of a young child on the Durban docks, he resists the urge to figure out what happened and leaves it for the local police. But after he is accused of the crime, he has 48 hours to clear his name and find a depraved killer.

Listen to A Beautiful Place to Die.

©2010 Malla Nunn (P)2010 W.F. Howes

What the Critics Say

"With this gripping sequel set in South Africa in 1953, Nunn, who is also a screenwriter, proves that her impressive debut novel, A Beautiful Place to Die, was no fluke....Nunn deftly balances suspense and deduction as she offers a revealing glimpse into South African society under the segregation laws promulgated by the ruling National Party." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Cary Napa, CA, United States 10-08-10
    Cary Napa, CA, United States 10-08-10 Member Since 2006
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    Top notch story with well fleshed out and totally believable characters. Wonderful evocation of the subtropical port city of Durban in the 1950s and the apartheid-dominated milieu of this multi-ethnic city. The narrator, Saul Reichlin, is perfectly suited to the task. His multiple accents and pacing hit the mark. (I would hope we could hear Reichlin's renditions of yet another fine southern African author: Deon Meyer)

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    Carol 09-22-12
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    Really good narration and a satisfying follow up to the first novel. I eagerly await the third installation to be narrated and made available here.

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    Amazon Customer South Carolina 05-07-12
    Amazon Customer South Carolina 05-07-12 Member Since 2010

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    If you could sum up Let the Dead Lie in three words, what would they be?

    This is the second book I have read by Malla Nunn. It is a continuing story from her first book (A Beautiful Place to Die) with some of the same characters. The story takes place after apartheid and sense of place is very good. Characterization is strong, the story beautifully written capturing the frustrations and sorrows of the time. The narration by Saul Reichlin was excellent and I highly recommend this very enjoyable read!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, as I was never sure who the enemies were.


    Have you listened to any of Saul Reichlin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but will look for him in the future.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, sad....


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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