Blessed Are the Dead

Blessed Are the Dead

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Detective Emmanuel Cooper returns to solve a darkly romantic mystery in this rich and complex novel by Malla Nunn, author of Let the Dead Lie and A Beautiful Place to Die.

Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper returns in this powerful, atmospheric novel about two communities forced to confront each other after a murder that exposes their secret ties and forbidden desires in apartheid South Africa, by award-winning author Malla Nunn.

The body of a beautiful seventeen-year-old Zulu girl, Amahle, is found covered in wildflowers on a hillside in the Drakensberg Mountains, halfway between her father's compound and the enormous white-owned farm where she worked. Detective Sergeant Cooper and Detective Constable Samuel Shabalala are sent to the desolate landscape to investigate. They soon discover that Amahle's life was woven into both the black and white communities in ways they could never have imagined. Cooper and Shabalala must enter the guarded worlds of a traditional Zulu clan and a divided white farming community to gather up the secrets she left behind and bring her murderer to justice.

In a country deeply divided by apartheid, where the law is bent as often as it is broken, Emmanuel Cooper fights against all odds to deliver justice and bring together two seemingly disparate and irreconcilable worlds despite the danger that is arising.
Publisher: New York : Emily Bestler Books/Washington Square Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9781451616927
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY NUNN M
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 21 cm.


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IndyPL_RobinK Sep 03, 2019

In this third installment of Detective Sergeant Cooper, now reinstalled as a detective, and with his sidekick Detective Constable Shabalala getting his due with a larger role in this story, the detectives climb over mountains and fight the local police in an attempt to solve a murder. The characters continue to develop and the story brings South Africa to life.

Nov 27, 2016

The third book in the Detective Emmanuel Cooper series

Aug 14, 2014

Malla Nunn is brilliant. How can I get you to read the series? Beg? I would gladly do that.

If you read only one series of books this year, let it be this one.

Emmanuel Cooper is a brilliant policeman with a painful past and a painful secret--well more than one secret. He is living at the beginning of apartheid--at least the legalization of the racism that permeated South Africa from before his birth.

Emmanuel has documents to "prove" his is white, but is he? His two best friends are a Jewish doctor who lost his family in the war, and a Zulu police constable. Neither of these relationships is acceptable in polite society, and while he stays in nice places and walks the streets of town openly, his friends--the men who routinely save his life and his white status--face curfews, zoning laws, and are not even allowed to sit with him in cafes.

Emmanuel also has a "friend" who lives only in his mind--his boot camp training officer--who appears when circumstances overwhelm Emmanuel or he takes a bit too much pain medication. The shell shock/ PTSD makes this story even more relevant to today.

Oct 18, 2012

No nonsense writing. Mystery mingled with South African politics and culture. I enjoyed this book so much that I immediately looked for other books by this author. (3)

Aug 26, 2012

3rd South African Emmanuel Cooper, body of 17 yr old Zulu girl is discovered, Emmanuel is sent to investigate.


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