Present Darkness : Detective Emmanuel Cooper

  • by Malla Nunn
  • Narrated by Rupert Degas
  • Series: Detective Emmanuel Cooper
  • 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Five days before Christmas, Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper sits at his desk at the Johannesburg major crimes squad, ready for his holiday in Mozambique. A call comes in: A respectable white couple has been assaulted and left for dead in their bedroom. The couple’s teenage daughter identifies the attacker as Aaron Shabalala - the youngest son of Zulu Detective Constable Samuel Shabalala - Cooper’s best friend and a man to whom he owes his life. The Detective Branch isn’t interested in evidence that might contradict their star witness’s story, especially so close to the holidays.
Determined to ensure justice for Aaron, Cooper, Shabalala, and their trusted friend Dr. Daniel Zweigman hunt for the truth. Their investigation uncovers a violent world of Sophiatown gangs, thieves, and corrupt government officials who will do anything to keep their dark world intact.


What the Critics Say

"Historical hindsight may make readers a bit more self-congratulatory about recognizing the evils of apartheid, but it won’t help them see around the curves Nunn has plotted or rise above her insight into the enduring dilemmas of her separate-and-unequal world." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A disturbing book with a morally compelling hero." (Booklist)
"Gripping and thoughtful...Nunn brilliantly combines character and fair play clues." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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If you could sum up Present Darkness in three words, what would they be?

Didn't reach the previous Benchmark.

Would you be willing to try another one of Rupert Degas’s performances?

Not really

Any additional comments?

In the previous books, Humphrey Bower had set the standard.
He gave Emmanuel, Shabalala (spelling?) and the brilliant Doctor, wonderful voices and almost real life personalities.
Bower is a hard act to follow. He sets the benchmark.
To be frank…Rupert Degas didn't get close to the benchmark.

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- Ben

Another great one from Malla Nunn

Love the Emmanuel Cooper series and this one does not disappoint. The setting is again South Africa during apartheid. Police corruption abounds and Cooper and his friend, DC Shabalala must investigate on their own if this case, involving Shabalala's son as a suspect, is to be solved. The narrator for the audio book is excellent. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
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- Nitenurse

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-01-2014
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd