A Beautiful Place to Die

Author(s): Malla Nunn
Series: Detective Emmanuel Cooper Series No: 1
CD - unabridged
Audio (11 discs)
Product Number: C5045
Released: Jan 26, 2009
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781436195621
Narrator/s: Saul Reichlin
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Acclaimed Australian filmmaker Malla Nunn makes her debut as an author with A Beautiful Place to Die. Unfolding in 1952 South Africa, this riveting crime novel has been compared to the work of Graham Greene and Raymond Chandler. Police detective Emmanuel Cooper is dispatched from Johannesburg to Jacob’s Rest, a remote town deep in the bush, to look into a murder report he suspects is a hoax. Arriving at Old Voster’s farm, he finds white police captain Pretorius dead, face down in a creek. Three of the Afrikaner’s sons are present at the scene and they demand to know why only one investigator has come when there ought to be a whole division. Facing resistance, Cooper nevertheless begins his investigation. But trouble comes when another of the deceased’s sons—a member of the feared Special Branch—arrives. This exceptional novel received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which says “Nunn’s stellar debut explores a divided society through the frame of a classic murder mystery.” Accomplished narrator Saul Reichlin vividly intones the characters, making for an audio production no mystery lover will want to miss.


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A Beautiful Place to Die
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Product Number:C5045
Product Number:Z2655

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Author(s): Malla Nunn
Narrator(s): Saul Reichlin
Product Number Z2655
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781456109066
Author(s): Malla Nunn
Product Number EB00564073
Released: Sep 11, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Atria Books
ISBN: #9781416586692

Professional reviews

"Saul Reichlin's vocal definition helps the listener keep track of the multiethnic characters in this story of murder, molestation, and hypocrisy in 1952 South Africa. White detective Emmanuel Cooper investigates the killing of an Afrikaner police chief whose sons don't want any interference. Add "coloreds" of all hues, the brutal Special Branch police, a mysterious Jewish doctor-in-hiding, and an abundance of villagers--and you have a potentially explosive situation. Cooper himself has personal conflicts that are well brought out. Reichlin uses elegant diction most of the time, lets off steam occasionally, and gives the climactic scene plenty of juice. Filmmaker Nunn must be pleased with this dramatic performance of her first novel. J.B.G. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"