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"With its shattering sense of place and satisfying plot twists, this book will grip you from page one."--Chelsea Cain, author of "Sweetheart "and "Evil at Heart"

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"Almost impossible to put down, offering the rewards of a literary thriller combined with the zip of a powerful movie."--"The Florida Times Union"

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"Like Pelecanos, Smith captures the humanity burning in lives trapped by poverty and prejudice."--"Booklist"

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"Smith's Cape Town is almost Dickensian in its presentation of thugs and murderers [and] an especially wonderful villain."--"Richmond Times-Dispatch"

"" "Mixed Blood is an unnerving thrill ride that kept me on edge from beginning to end. The set-up is terrific and the bad guy is really bad - but so are the good guys. Mixed Blood is a top notch debut thriller and I'm looking forward to Roger Smith's next book."--Phillip Margolin, author of "Executive Privilege"

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"Smith does an outstanding job of bringing Cape Town to life, taking us through the twists and turns of the local criminal world and the confusing labyrinth of racial identity in post-apartheid South Africa. His prose is crisp and efficient ... [with a] fascinating and vividly conjured location."--"Kirkus Reviews"

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"A gripping thriller that follows believable (if sometimes grotesque) characters along a desperate rush to ruin. Highly recommended."--"Library Journal"

"Smith offers a gritty tale of corruption and vengeance set in South Africa in his absorbing debut ... Smith's taut prose bodes well for future thrillers from his pen."--"Publishers Weekly
""[A] well-told, brutal tale.... Riveting."--"The Roanoke Times"

"Startling, vivid, frightening. A first-rate debut from an up-and-coming talent."--Eric Van Lustbader, author of "First Daughter" and "The Bourne Sanction"

"Smith's characters fight for their lives against a Cape Town heavy with heat, grime, corruption, and gang violence. With its shattering sense of place and satisfying p

With its shattering sense of place and satisfying plot twists, this book will grip you from page one. "Chelsea Cain, author of Sweetheart and Evil at Heart"

Almost impossible to put down, offering the rewards of a literary thriller combined with the zip of a powerful movie. "The Florida Times Union"

Like Pelecanos, Smith captures the humanity burning in lives trapped by poverty and prejudice. "Booklist"

Smith's Cape Town is almost Dickensian in its presentation of thugs and murderers [and] an especially wonderful villain. "Richmond Times-Dispatch"

Mixed Blood is an unnerving thrill ride that kept me on edge from beginning to end. The set-up is terrific and the bad guy is really bad - but so are the good guys. Mixed Blood is a top notch debut thriller and I'm looking forward to Roger Smith's next book. "Phillip Margolin, author of Executive Privilege"

Smith does an outstanding job of bringing Cape Town to life, taking us through the twists and turns of the local criminal world and the confusing labyrinth of racial identity in post-apartheid South Africa. His prose is crisp and efficient [with a] fascinating and vividly conjured location. "Kirkus Reviews"

A gripping thriller that follows believable (if sometimes grotesque) characters along a desperate rush to ruin. Highly recommended. "Library Journal"

Smith offers a gritty tale of corruption and vengeance set in South Africa in his absorbing debut Smith's taut prose bodes well for future thrillers from his pen. "Publishers Weekly"

[A] well-told, brutal tale . Riveting. "The Roanoke Times"

Startling, vivid, frightening. A first-rate debut from an up-and-coming talent. "Eric Van Lustbader, author of First Daughter and The Bourne Sanction"

Smith's characters fight for their lives against a Cape Town heavy with heat, grime, corruption, and gang violence. With its shattering sense of place and satisfying plot twists, this book will grip you from page one. "Chelsea Cain, author of Heartsick and Sweetheart""

Kurzbeschreibung

Reluctant bank robber Jack Burn is on the run after a heist in the United States that left three million dollars missing and one cop dead. Hiding out in Cape Town, he is desperate to build a new life for his pregnant wife and young son. But on a tranquil evening in their new suburban neighborhood, they are the victims of a random gangland break-in.


Benny Mongrel, an ex-con night watchman, knows who went into Burn's house, and what the American did to them. Burn's actions soon trap them both in a cat-and-mouse game with Rudi "Gatsby" Barnard, a corrupt Afrikaner cop. Once Gatsby smells those missing American millions, the men are drawn into a web of murder and vengeance that builds to an unforgettable conclusion.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1340 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 324 Seiten
  • Verlag: Serpent's Tail (12. Mai 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004XVAIJK
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Aktiviert
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Aufmerksam auf dieses Buch wurde ich durch die Sonntagspresse, welche durchwegs Gutes zu berichten wusste. Jack Burn ein Bankräuber auf der Flucht, lebt mit seiner Familie unter falscher Idendität in Südafrika. Durch unglückliche Ergeinisse gerät er und seine Familie in einen Strudel von Gewalt aus dem es anscheinend kein Entkommen gibt. Soweit zum Inhalt. Allgemein vermissen die Figuren eine Tiefe und gehen oft mit äussester Gewalt vor, so dass es mir schwer fiel mit ihnen zu sympathisieren (ausser mit der Schäferhündin Bessie). Da ist der langweilige Bösewicht Barnard, der nur schlechte Charaktermerkmale besitzt und keine Hemmungen hat Kinder zu exekutieren. Auch der Ex-Kriminelle Benny wirkt nicht sympahtisch. Er versucht zwar ein anständiges Leben zu führen, erzählt und begeht aber so viele Gewaltaten, dass es schwer war ihn zu mögen.
Leider wird das Buch ab einem gewissen Punkt vorhersehbar und verliert somit an Spannung. Auch das Ende wirkt nicht überzeugend und war anscheinend in grosser Eile geschrieben. Während Benny's Geschichte ein geradezu kitschiges Ende nimmt, so ereilt Jack ein phantasieloses Schicksal.
Mixed Blood ist ein Thriller der in einem unverbrauchten Hintegrund spielt, aber diesen Vorteil durch schwache Figuren und unsäglicher Gewalt verspielt.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome crime/noir debut. 17. März 2009
Von J. D. Murray - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Mixed blood is just the kind of crime thriller I've been looking for as of late. I was getting more than a little tired of mainstream novelists that feel like they need to live up to the last guy that wrote something in the same genre. Roger Smith doesn't conform to most of the traditional crime trappings. This isn't an episode of CSI or NCIS where every problem is neatly wrapped up and solved when it's all said and done. And I love that. Thank you, Roger Smith. Keep it up and you have a reader for life.

Mixed Blood's South African setting is as oppressive as a midsummer's heatstroke. You can almost feel the wind and smell the foreign sweat spilling through the pages. Also a welcomed difference in popular crime novels. The characters are pretty well drawn and the dialogue is pretty spot-on. The atmosphere is dark and hopeless and there's always a sense of suspense and dread. We're never quite sure who is going to do what. Yes, there are some predictable moments but all in all this is an extremely solid outing. I loved every page of it, honestly.

Pick this up if you want something a bit darker, a bit original and a bit more like what crime/noir should be.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Lots of action, technically good, but not to my taste 4. Januar 2009
Von K. Sozaeva - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Vine Kundenrezension eines kostenfreien Produkts ( Was ist das? )
I waited a good while before writing this review, because I wanted to really think about this book before committing myself to this review, and after thinking about it, I still believe what I did when I first finished it - while the book is technically good, well-written, rounded characters, and lots of action - it is quite simply not to my taste. Why is that? Because, really, not a single character is that likable. There should be at least one character to whom one can relate when reading a book, and there was none such in this novel. In fact, I found Jack Burns' wife particularly unlikable - everything that man did, he did for her. It was for her comfort that he did what he did back in the U.S. - to make sure that she had plenty of money and a nice house to live in. It was to protect her (and their child) that he did what he had to do in Cape Town. Is she grateful? Does she appreciate it? No. Instead, she announces her plans to go to the U.S. Consul after having their 2nd child and turn him in.

But I digress. The product description provides a nice, succinct description of the plot of the text, so I won't waste your time going over that again. The only character I sort of liked was Benny Mongrel - at least he loved his dog.

This story is gritty, dark and very difficult to read at times because of that. But, as mentioned above, it is not that which turned me off to the book - I've certainly read my share of "dark" stories and enjoyed them - it was the lack of a character to whom I could relate, or who I at least liked, that kept me from enjoying this book more than I did. If that isn't a problem for you, please do feel free to check out this book, because it is a technically very well-written thriller.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A violent, gripping thriller 30. Mai 2010
Von Doug Cornelius - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Roger Smith has written a gritty, violent thriller full of deeply-flawed people trapped in bad luck and the violence of Cape Town, South Africa.

Some books slowly weave a tapestry of ideas. Mixed Blood is not one of those books. It's rapid roller coaster with scenes quickly moving through the ups and downs of his cast of characters. The background and flaws of the characters are fired with the staccato of a machine gun into the narrative.

You probably won't like any of the characters. Most of them are bad people. Jack Burn is bad gambler willing to kill. Benny is gang member who places little value on human life. "Gatsby" Barnard is evil cop, ruling the streets with violence.

Even not liking the characters, you do care what happens to them. They are flawed, but incredibly human. Several are either fighting for survival or for a chance at a new life. Will they find redemption or death of both? You will keep turning the pages to find out.

There is lots of death and violence in the book. It's gripping, but not for the faint of heart. If it sounds good, you can read the first chapter of Mixed Blood on line and see if you like it.

Mixed Blood is Roger Smith's debut thriller. I read his second, Wake Up Dead, back in January. The publisher was nice enough to send me this copy.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Starts at a breakneck pace which never slows 2. März 2009
Von Lawrence D. Zeilinger - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Vine Kundenrezension eines kostenfreien Produkts ( Was ist das? )
I'm not going to write a book report synopsizing the plot on this one as I got around to reading it quite late due to my other review obligations. If you want to know extensive plot details read the other fine Vine reviews. But early into this terrific suspense thriller, one of the best I've read in years, I could not help but be reminded of John Maxwell Coetzee, who also is known for setting some of his novels in and around his native Cape Town. Coetzee won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003 which is never going to happen to "Mixed Blood" author Roger Smith. That's OK. There's plenty of prizes for this genre of entertainment fiction, and Smith deserves every applicable one for this stunning, page-burning debut novel. There's a movie here for sure (Smith is a screenwriter himself and I hope this one gets made, especially with the most recent crops of mediocre cinema). The plot is intricate, the characters well-developed and unforgettable, and the street dialogue is, as another reviewer pointed out, worthy of Elmore Leonard. And Smith does stick to Leonard's "Ten Rules of Writing" -- no annoying descriptions of weather conditions here. And as to the major characters, unlike some of the reviewers who found them all despicable, the only one I really hated was the brutal corrupt cop Rudolphus Arnoldus Barnard (nicknamed "Gatsby" for his addiction to that Cape Town fast food pastiche). I'm fence-sitting on Jack Burn's wife Susan. She underwent her share of misery as a result of Jack's gambling losses forcing him to participate in a Milwaukee bank robbery gone bad and causing their exile to Africa and the freakish nightmare that awaits them there. I did find myself rooting for not only Burn but also ex-con Benny Mongrel, whom I found to be a sympathetic character. As it has already been mentioned in the previous posted review, I don't consider this a spoiler -- Smith indeed does leave it open as to whether Burn is killed on the final page. Remember that fateful day in 1891 in "The Final Problem" when Arthur Conan Doyle supposedly killed off Sherlock Holmes at the Reichenbach Falls, but left enough loopholes to insure his subsequent reappearance! Although someone has gone so far as to call this the "first in a series" -- someone who obviously has not read the book --the author details state Smith's second novel will be a "stand-alone". So I wouldn't look for Jack Burn in that one. As to his appearance in Smith's future work. we'll have to wait and see.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Dark, riveting thriller - awesome location 9. Februar 2009
Von mellion108 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Jack Burn loves his beautiful young wife and son and looks forward to the upcoming birth of his daughter. In America, he took what he thought was an easy way to make loads of money but ended up indebted to a gangster. His involvement in a horrendous crime left him wealthy but on the run to save the family he loves. Changing their identities, the Burn family moves to Cape Town, South Africa, and begins to live out what they hope will be a quiet life.

Rich and white, Jack and his family live in relative luxury in beautiful, touristy Cape Town, but they are unable to escape the horrible reality that is the dark underbelly of the legacy of Apartheid - racial classism, heart-wrenching poverty, drugs, and early death. Jack is forced into violence to save his family and must fight before he loses them all.

Benny Mongrel is a former gang member and ex-convict. Thrown into a dumpster shortly after his birth, Benny grows up mean out of necessity in an environment of kill or be killed. His soul cleansing comes in the form of an aging guard dog, with whom he develops a loving friendship.

Rudi Barnard, aka Gatsby, is a grossly overweight, corrupt Afrikaner cop. He kills on a whim and rules over an insane kingdom of guns, betrayal, and death. He fancies himself a man of god and metes out his own brand of skewed justice.

With wildfires raging in the background, these three men are brought together - Jack, frantically trying to save his son; Benny, seeking vengeance; and Gatsby seizing upon an opportunity for wealth and escape. Thrown into the mix is Disaster Zondi, a black cop who prides himself on his personal grooming, self control, and professionalism. Disaster himself has a score to settle, and it is a race to see if his investigation will conclude before everyone goes down in a hail of bullets.

This is an in-your-face violent thriller. It's a fast read, and I was pulled in within the first few pages. I thought that Susan's character was rather one-dimensional, and I expected more from Carmen, but the action and the fast pace of this story more than make up for these little flaws. There are no good guys or bad guys here. Everyone acts out of self-preservation, usually crossing over into outright greed. Smith's descriptions of Cape Town's less desirable areas are so real that I could almost smell the hopelessness and despair. Given the setting and the characters, the ending is inevitable.

It's no surprise that this novel has been optioned for film. After reading it, I'll be one of the first to line up with my popcorn to watch the theatre version.
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