Present Darkness

Present Darkness

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"Five days before Christmas, Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper sits at his desk at the Johannesburg major crimes squad, ready for his holiday in Mozambique. A call comes in: a respectable white couple has been assaulted and left for dead in their bedroom. The couple's teenage daughter identifies the attacker as Aaron Shabalala-- the youngest son of Zulu Detective Constable Samuel Shabalala--Cooper's best friend and a man to whom he owes his life. The Detective Branch isn't interested in evidence that might contradict their star witness's story, especially so close to the holidays. Determined to ensure justice for Aaron, Cooper, Shabalala, and their trusted friend Dr. Daniel Zweigman hunt for the truth. Their investigation uncovers a violent world of Sophiatown gangs, thieves, and corrupt government officials who will do anything to keep their dark world intact"--
Publisher: New York : Emily Bestler Books/Washington Square Press, 2014
Edition: First Emily Bestler BooksWashington Square Press trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781451616965
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY NUNN 2014
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 21 cm


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IndyPL_RobinK Sep 03, 2019

It's hard to believe that only 15 months have passed since since the first in the series. Number four grows the characters quickly and involves DS Cooper's friends as always. The setting is changed to Johannesburg and his friends quickly come to his aid. Another riveting story from this excellent author. This last one was written in 2014 and none have been written since. I hope she continues the stories of DS Cooper and his fight for justice for all races.

Aug 07, 2018

Nothing better than a Malla Nunn novel. These must be read in order!
Injured, shell-shocked, and carrying the weight of all the men who died beside him during the great war, this man joins the police shortly before he is labeled Non-white by apartheid. By the time you get to this (the fourth installment) you will be heavily invested in all the three leading men. Historical fiction, but not tedious. I want to say it is a police-non-procedural, but that is not a real category. Nunn always gives us bad guys to hate, a clear picture of what the apartheid laws did to families, and a good mystery to unravel.

sturgess Jul 23, 2017

Read this series in order.

Could a police officer this honorable have existed in apartheid South Africa? I'd like to think so.

Nov 27, 2016

The fourth book in the Detective Emmanuel Cooper series


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