A top police investigative unit breaks an illegal gambling operation in the context of rampant police corruption and drug-fueled gangster violence in the city. Lead detective Jeremy Ryder is a physically powerful, quiet and meticulous investigator. His partner Navi Pillay is a small and exceptionally strong Tamil martial arts instructor, and she provides the speed and physical power to complement Ryder's incisive sleuthing abilities. Together with their other detective colleagues Ryder and Pillay crack open two interwoven criminal operations. There are two key villains. One is a corrupt murderous senior police officer at the heart of the illegal gambling operation and the other is a sinister and violent gangster dealing in drugs and murder. Each of them presides over lesser criminals and each of them controls separate domains of corruption until their paths cross in a spectacular climax.
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Haunting and captivating
Yes, definitely. In fact I think I preferred the story even more on listening to it than when I read it.
There's an unbelievably shocking murder with a devilish weapon. And then there's a tough moment when someone else gets killed too. I won't give it away here.
Not a question at all - the wicked villain Tabethe
Not really. It's nice to hear in chapter-size chunks. Good to listen to in the car, too. And in the bath, at night. As long as the burglar bars are reliable.
I think the narrator could create more variety in the accents of the characters. I know its not a film or radio drama or stage drama, where one expects that, but perhaps just a little more?
- Michael Oakley
Very distinct, clear, reading and enticing, mysterious mood created. One feels the menace ready to burst out at any moment. And it does.
Virtually anything by Rankin, Grisham, Child, Connelly, really. But in many ways, also, like The Steam Pig by McClure (although I've read that and not heard it narrated).
Thabethe the killer. Mesmerising. Terrifying. Definitely my favourite character.
"Rip-roaring terrifying ride with cops through the jungle of real everyday crime in South Africa"
It would have been nice to have two readers: a woman reader for all the female voices. But I suppose that's not the convention.
- Rodney Martin