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. M
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.
©2009 Roger Smith (P)2010 HighBridge Company
"Smith plays out...that chilling sense of inevitability that is at the heart of the best noir....A fine debut." (Booklist)
"A gripping thriller that follows believable (if sometimes grotesque) characters along a desperate rush to ruin. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"A cinematic Cape Town thriller." (BookPage)
I was kind of thrown off by the 2 1/2 star review- but bought this because I had read one of his other stories. This is Guy Fiction. Violent, fast-paced, very strong story line and pretty decent character development. Plus, I love the narrator (who did Pillars of the Earth).
This story is not very politically correct- the majority of the characters in South Africa are portrayed as opportunistic, rough/violent/criminal characters, but its a great story and I highly recommend it.
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