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Wake Up Dead: A Cape Town Thriller (Cape Town Thrillers) von [Smith, Roger]
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[A] stellar thriller... Bad choices, not bad luck, drive human depravity in this brutal fable, where the human ideals of beauty and goodness and truth can't save their possessors and even fatally attract the soulless. One fundamental irony unforgettably lingers: that these characters, trapped in poverty, ignorance, and prejudice, have really had no choice at all. Publishers Weekly (starred review) Wake Up Dead is proof that Noir is alive and flourishing. With his second novel, Roger Smith reaches another level of unrelenting Noir, with all the elements of the genre given homage yet wonderfully mutated. Dark and brutal, the novel has a focused poetic style that stays with you long after you finish reading -- Ken Bruen Violent, uncompromising, unflinching, Wake Up Dead grabs you by the throat and will haunt you long after you've finished its last blood-soaked pages -- Dave Zeltserman From the terrific first sentence, the reader is firmly hooked in this dark South African thriller of murder, drugs, corruption, and revenge... with bizarre characters Elmore Leonard might appreciate and an intricate plot of tangled relation-ships across racial divides. Highly recommended for those wanting their noir as hard-boiled as it gets Library Journal (starred review) An intricate Robert Altman-like narrative that, when the pieces finally connect, forms a terrifying portrait of the Cape Flats. [A] searing vision of characters trapped in a fetid purgatory Kirkus Reviews Racial tension, gang warfare, prison life, and witchcraft - with a nod to cannibalism - will make this thriller a prime destination for readers who like to detour from crime-fiction's beaten path Booklist Horrific to read, impossible to put down NPR Top-notch... exposes the seamy side of Cape Town. Smith presents a flamboyant array of gangsters, conmen and petty criminals, loosely connected by one event... The consequences are violent and funny -- Marcel Berlins The Times Once you start reading Wake Up Dead, there is no putting it down until the last page is consumed The Citizen, South Africa Smith delivers fast-paced, gut-wrenching, page-turning South African crime fiction that appeals to a world audience Classic Feel South Africa A great read with an unexpected climax. Don't miss it Cape Community Newspapers, South Africa thanks to his brilliant pared-down style, stunning ear for dialogue and penchant for pitch-black humour; it's a slick, compulsive page-turner Cape Times, South Africa Smith has been called the Tarantino of South African crime fiction, but this is nonsense. Tarantino is an old maid, a boring gasbag, too wordy by half, when compared to Smith, whose crackerjack narratives (this is his second novel) don't so much drag you through a Cape Town that the tourist brochures don't mention as just kick you from one end of the story to the other. Here's the first line: "The night they were hijacked, Roxy Palmer and her husband, Joe, ate dinner with an African cannibal and his Ukrainian whore." And it takes off from there like a rocket. Very, very noir. The Times, South Africa


“Smith's writing is astonishing. . . . Read this only if you don't flinch.” —The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“Impossible to put down.” —Martha Woodroof,

“The Cape Town setting recaptures all the blood and menace that time and nostalgia have effaced from Raymond Chandler's mean streets—and redoubles them. . . . Smith also leavens the book with humor, grim and otherwise.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“If you are a fan of George Pelecanos or Dennis Lehane, give Roger Smith a close look.” —Bookpage

“A stellar thriller from South African author Smith.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 306 Seiten
  • Verlag: Henry Holt and Co.; Auflage: Reprint (2. Februar 2010)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wake Up Dead - Another Winner 2. März 2012
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"Wake Up Dead" is another dead on winner. Just make sure you can handle violent people and bad situations because you will only find violent people and bad situations in "Wake Up Dead"".

Roger Smith's writing is powerful and the stories move fast. Don't start liking someone because ten pages later you will find out they are not who you think they are. The books are violent, but the violence is always important to and part of the story. The plots are unique and his dialogue is excellent. Because of this his books are wonderful to read.

The most important factor in determining an author's talent is his/her ability to involve you in the story. Roger Smith makes you feel like you actually know the people and you find yourself hoping things will get better for them. I don't think it would give the story away to say things never do seem to get much better. Even though life doesn't improve much for the characters, the story moves forward - at an incredible non-stop rate.

I think you should give any of his books a try. You won't regret it. My question is why are five-stars the maximum rating? You don't see this kind of ability very often and if you aren't a writer it is hard to express how really good these books are. If five-stars is the top rating "Wake Up Dead" at least a ten.

Roger Smith is the best new talent to show up in years.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unexpected Turns 27. September 2012
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I am always looking for a new author so that when I like the book, I can look forward to more good reads. For that reason, I like a series because the character development grows. Sometimes stand alone books are lacking in the character development. BUT NOT HERE! Not only do the characters act, they are revealed thoughtfully. The reader knows what they are thinking, their past and present, and can anticipate the future and be delighted when the future throws them for a loop.

This was gritty, compelling, brutal, and forced me to think about life in a different way. I hoped for heroism in the characters, but didn't expect it. I hoped for a promising outcome, but didn't expect it either. I always welcome the end of a book that leaves me feeling something other than the fact that I enjoyed the book. Feeling is good, and remembering the feeling is better. I will definitely read more from Roger Smith. I only wish he had about 15 books all ready to go so I didn't have to wait for him to write them.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Blood, Death, Revenge and Redemption in Cape Town 2. Februar 2010
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I owe my interest in South African crime writers to Roger Smith. I was hooked with Mixed Blood: A Thriller and Wake Up Dead set the hook. Like Roger's first novel, Wake Up Dead is a fast paced, very violent, crime thriller set in Cape Town, South Africa, mostly in the Cape Flats area. Thrillers can be disposable entertainment but Smith's books combine three criteria that make a book last for me: story, characters, and location and Smith takes these up a level in Wake Up Dead. He doesn't sacrifice character for story instead he populates the book with well developed, interesting people that include common variety street thugs and ex-cons, a scary psychopath in love, a former model from the U.S named Roxy, and an ex-cop/ex-mercenary product of the Flats with the great name of Billy Afrika. Billy is back in town to get what is owed (legitimately) to him and Roxy is the means to that end. He is a little better than the forces he is up against but he has a depth that makes him intriguing. Smith keeps several plot threads working and the body count mounting as he brings everyone together for a satisfying ending. The location of the story is very important. The vivid descriptions of the Cape Flats area of Cape Town brought me forcefully into the story. The Flats were apartheid's dumping grounds, where the government forced non-whites to live. It is also home to gangs and drug trade. Think of the Baltimore of the HBO show, The Wire, only much more dangerous. Wake Up Dead does have scenes of brutal physical violence but the violence is a reflection of the environment and not there for its own sake. Before you start reading Wake Up Dead, take a look at this item that plays a large part in the story Cold Steel Kudu Lock Folder Knife. It will make the story even more vivid.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gritty and Great 20. März 2013
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You don't read any Roger Smith book to make your life feel better! They are as tough as they come and paint an unrelenting bleak outlook on life through the eyes of the local characters. Almost no redeeming qualities for any characters in this book, there are no Goodies, just all Baddies! I thought this was the best of Roger's books that I have read to date. A tight story and there are never too many characters in any of his novels and this book is no different. You quickly identify with all of them and keep saying "OMG" as you read further into the story. I read this novel through in 2 sittings, I literally could not put it down.
I was also astounded to see that Roger lives in Capetown, having read these books, I never want to go back there!
A top story from a top author.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Realistic Cape Flats adventure 13. Dezember 2012
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This book takes you into reality. The characters may be fictional by name, but the incidents are as good as real. It is a dark book - living in the Cape Flats is no joke, and the gangsters ruling the place is everything but fictional. Robbery and attacks in the richer areas are also becoming a common phenomenon.

But then so are the powers doing their utmost in tackling crime.

And the contrast as shown by the author between the super rich and super poor, on both sides of the spectrum (criminals and others) is being portrayed as real as it is in South Africa.

The ligthter moments are also not to be missed - the oversized Auntie with the irratating little stoepkakker (little dog), ruling it with the smooched lips, is described with exceptional accuracy. You can almost see the pavement special nestling in the auntie's bossom.

The plot is also realistic - but with the tragic elements not to be escaped.

A good, exciting read. A book that will touch most South African's hearts.
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