Blessed Are the Dead by Malla Nunn
An Emmanuel Cooper Mystery

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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.
 

About Malla Nunn

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Malla Nunn was born in Swaziland, South Africa, and currently lives in Sydney, Australia. She is a filmmaker with three award-winning films to her credit and is currently at work on her next novel.
 
Published June 19, 2012 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books. 340 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Emmanuel Cooper, even though it’s 3:45 a.m. and he couldn’t possibly know (or could he?) that Emmanuel is frisking with Lana Rose, the mistress the colonel is about to sacrifice to his impending marriage.

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Nunn once again vividly recaptures 1950s South Africa in her gripping and thoughtful third mystery featuring Det. Sgt. Emmanuel Cooper (after 2010’s Let the Dead Lie). When Amahle Matebula, a 17-year-

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Nunn once again vividly recaptures 1950s South Africa in her gripping and thoughtful third mystery featuring Det.

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It’s difficult to decide what is best about Malla Nunn’s most recent novel, Blessed are the Dead.

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