Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

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It's a style that can be challenging, and the thriller plot – involving a reclusive, ghastly music producer...isn't much help. In the proud tradition of Chandler and Hammett, possibly Beukes herself isn't sure who did what to whom...But like Gibson, she brings a secret tenderness and humanity to her off-kilter portrait of the here and now.
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A new paperback edition of Lauren Beukes's Arthur C Clarke Award-winning novel set in a world where murderers and other criminals acquire magical animals that are mystically bonded to them.
Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty 419 scam habit, and a talent for finding lost things. When a little old lady turns up dead and the cops confiscate her last paycheck, Zinzi's forced to take on her least favorite kind of job--missing persons.

Being hired by reclusive music producer Odi Huron to find a teenybop pop star should be her ticket out of Zoo City, the festering slum where the criminal underclass and their animal companions live in the shadow of hell's undertow. Instead, it catapults Zinzi deeper into the maw of a city twisted by crime and magic, where she'll be forced to confront the dark secrets of former lives--including her own.
 

About Lauren Beukes

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LAUREN BEUKES is a writer, TV scriptwriter and recovering journalist. For the sake of a story, she’s jumped out of planes and into shark-infested waters and got to hang out with teen vampires, township vigilantes, AIDS activists and homeless sex workers among other interesting folk. When she’s not tutoring her baby daughter in practical ways to take over the world, she also writes books, short stories, magazine articles and TV scripts.
 
Published August 16, 2016 by Mulholland Books. 385 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Reviewed by Gwyneth Jones on May 14 2011

It's a style that can be challenging, and the thriller plot – involving a reclusive, ghastly music producer...isn't much help. In the proud tradition of Chandler and Hammett, possibly Beukes herself isn't sure who did what to whom...But like Gibson, she brings a secret tenderness and humanity to her off-kilter portrait of the here and now.

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