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In the tiny town of Jacob's Rest, on the border between Mozambique and South Africa, Detective Emmanuel Cooper is investigating the murder of an Afrikaans police officer, Captain Willem Pretorius.
It is 1952 and new apartheid laws have just been introduced. The predominantly Boer Afrikaner Secret Police are on a campaign to flush out black communist radicals and are deeply suspicious of the "English" Emmanuel Cooper. His investigation is quickly taken over by Security Branch who are eager to pin the blame on black political agitators. But Cooper isnât interested in political expediency or making friends with the hardline apartheid proponents in Pretoria.
As he pursues his own murder investigation he finds himself uncovering the double life of Captain Pretorius, a man whose relationships with the black and colored residents of the town he ruled, were more complicated and more human, than his true Volk wife and sons could ever have imagined.
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- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Atria (January 6, 2009)
- ISBN-10: 1416586202
- ISBN-13: 978-1416586203
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