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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Better than the book
Yes. I liked them both, but the audio is even better.
Very relevant to the things I know about police work and criminal justice. And I love thrillers anyway.
Could anyone doubt this? The villain. He is so bad. And the narrator gets him perfectly without making him a caricature.
I was horrified at the murder on the Tuesday morning. So graphic and terrifying.
I think it's a really good thriller and so relevant to modern life.
- Tshepo Mkhize
Having read the book and thoroughly enjoyed it, I was wary of trying the audio version. I wondered how one voice could replicate all the fascinating characters, accents, slang words and local-language words in the original text. No need to worry. The author himself reads. Who better to trust with these things? Really enjoyable. And, speaking as a musician, the studio that produced this needs to be congratulated. Great sound.
There are fantastic action scenes counter-pointed with tender and quite sad moments. And there's a great plot moment when we meet someone we weren't expecting.... better not give it away.
Very clear professional reading, and thank goodness it’s from a South African accent. An American accent here would have been out of place, as would a British accent.
Very, very sad at one point, for anyone who's ever been a cop or knows a cop. Tear-jerking, actually.
If I have one criticism it is that the last third of the book experiences a bit of a lull before it then picks up again (magnificently, I have to say). But perhaps the narration is a bit rushed towards the end. I felt the same about the text version, actually, so maybe it’s a matter of the writer rather than the reader. But that’s really a small gripe. I thought this was gripping and different (excitingly so). Whoever the sound engineer is should be congratulated, too. Excellent quality.
- Matthew Seagreen