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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.
©2014 Malla Nunn (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By Glenn on 05-04-15

Brillliant ! Wonderful !

A gorgeous writer, fabulous narrator, great story that mixes history and fiction. What else can I say? All her books are grand, recurring characters Shabalala and Emmanuel Cooper are so endearing you wish you could actually meet them and befriend them. Thank you Malla Nunn and thank you rupert Degas. As narrators go, You are up there with Simon Vance and Simon Prebble

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nitenurse on 08-17-16

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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5 out of 5 stars
By R on 10-31-14

fantastic

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

I listened to this audio book while on holiday and loved it,great storyline and characters

Any additional comments?

any more malla Nunn books?

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3 out of 5 stars
By JoJo on 02-12-18

What happened to Humphrey

Throughly enjoyed the first three books read by Humphrey Bower!! When something works so well I do not understand why it needs changing. Halfway through this book and probably will not listen to the end because the narration is so bad. Waste of money!!

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4 out of 5 stars
By asthecrowflies on 01-29-16

Degas!

A fast-paced, slight but enjoyable book made wonderful by Rupert Degas. This man is the most extraordinary reader. More of this - and more of the Ketty Jay!

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