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Dead Before Dying

Dead Before Dying

From the author of Thirteen Hours A Sunday Times ‘100 best crime novels and thrillers since 1945’ pick


Mat Joubert, once a rising star of the South African police force, had it all. Then his wife was murdered, and his hopes died with her. Alcoholic, depressed and overweight, he is a shadow of his former self.

Then a new killer appears on the streets of Cape Town, murdering at random. Mat throws himself into the case, viewing it as his last chance for redemption.

But, as their shared desire for revenge threatens to destroy both him and the mysterious killer he is hunting, Mat soon learns that he is not the only one with ghosts to lay to rest . . .
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fiction: Special Features / Fiction In Translation

On Sale: 11th December 2009

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781848948372


An impressively tangled web and taut narrative keeps the reader guessing until the last couple of pages.
The atmosphere of a hot, turbulent country is very vividly evoked, and the characterisation is dynamic . . . A striking debut novel.
<i>Crime Time</i>
A plot-driven page-turner . . . Joubert is a haunted yet sympathetic protagonist.
Meyer subtly juxtaposes the heartbreak of the victims' families with the heartbroken detective assigned to their cases. Using humour and pathos in equal measure, Meyer builds a deeply moving portrait of a man in search of his own dignity.