Let the Dead Lie by Malla Nunn
Let the Dead Lie: Book summary and reviews of Let the Dead Lie by Malla Nunn
Let the Dead Lie Summary
South Africa, 1953. The National Party's rigid race laws have split the nation and a grueling poverty grips many on the edges of its society. When former Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper stumbles across the body of a child, Jolly Marks, at the Durban docks, he can little imagine what the discovery will lead him to. Trying to resist his instinct to pursue the truth behind this terrible crime - his life fell apart following his last investigation - Cooper decides to leave this one to the proper authorities. But the trouble is, someone in the shadows has rather different ideas ...Soon Cooper finds himself under suspicion for not only Jolly's murder, but others as well. The only way he can clear his name is to find out who the real killer was - and he's got forty-eight hours to do it in. Assisted by his former boss, Van Nierkerk - a man forever on the lookout for a way to advance his own cause - and Van Nierkerk's beautiful, enigmatic mistress Lana, Cooper's investigations will lead him into Durban's murky underworld of pimps, prostitutes, strange, sinister preachers, and those on the wrong side of the race laws. He will discover new enemies and be reunited with old friends. And before long, Cooper will find that there is more to Jolly's barbaric murder than he could ever have realized...
Let the Dead Lie Reviews
"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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Malla Nunn Author Biography
Malla was born in Swaziland in Southern Africa. She attended Florence Christian Academy, a "mixed race" boarding school. In the 1970s she migrated with her family to Western Australia, where she graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English and History.
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