Blessed Are the Dead

Blessed Are the Dead

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"Emmanuel Cooper's life is finally back on track when a request comes from Colonel van Niekerk on the eve of his wedding and Cooper, with Shabalala, must report to the local police station in Balgowan, a small trading post in the Natal Midlands. There has been an anonymous phone tip claiming that "something bad" has happened on Little Flint Farm. Emmanuel knows that his boss would not send two city detectives into isolated farm country without good cause. Something has to be up. Cooper and Shabalala head into the Midlands where horse stables and cultivated fields dot the wide valleys. The Station Sergeant's books are clean, except for a minor matter: the disappearance of an adolescent Zulu girl from her family kraal in the wild foothills of the Drakensberg. Who is this she, this fifteen-year-old named "Amahle," the beautiful one? Where has she gone and why is the local Sergeant so reluctant to search for her? Fuelled by the instinctive knowledge that something "bad" really has happened out on Little Flint Farm, Cooper and Shabalala plunge into the class driven world of transplanted English aristocrats and the tradition bound world of the old Zulu chiefs. Together, Cooper and Shabalala must break the silence of the opposing communities and dig through buried secrets until they find out what happened to the girl, and why... no matter the cost"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781451616927
1451616929
Branch Call Number: M NUNN
Characteristics: 309 p

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maipenrai
Nov 27, 2016

The third book in the Detective Emmanuel Cooper series

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LauraSteinert
Aug 14, 2014

Malla Nunn is brilliant. How can I get you to read the series? Beg? I would gladly do that.

If you read only one series of books this year, let it be this one.

Emmanuel Cooper is a brilliant policeman with a painful past and a painful secret--well more than one secret. He is living at the beginning of apartheid--at least the legalization of the racism that permeated South Africa from before his birth.

Emmanuel has documents to "prove" his is white, but is he? His two best friends are a Jewish doctor who lost his family in the war, and a Zulu police constable. Neither of these relationships is acceptable in polite society, and while he stays in nice places and walks the streets of town openly, his friends--the men who routinely save his life and his white status--face curfews, zoning laws, and are not even allowed to sit with him in cafes.

Emmanuel also has a "friend" who lives only in his mind--his boot camp training officer--who appears when circumstances overwhelm Emmanuel or he takes a bit too much pain medication. The shell shock/ PTSD makes this story even more relevant to today.

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fattah200
Oct 18, 2012

No nonsense writing. Mystery mingled with South African politics and culture. I enjoyed this book so much that I immediately looked for other books by this author. (3)

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klwallen
Aug 26, 2012

3rd South African Emmanuel Cooper, body of 17 yr old Zulu girl is discovered, Emmanuel is sent to investigate.

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