Mixed Blood

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Macmillan, 2009 - Americans - 304 pages
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Reluctant bank robber Jack Burn is on the run after a heist in the United States that left $3 million missing and one cop dead. Hiding out in Cape Town, South Africa, he is desperate to build a new life for his pregnant wife and young son. But on a tranquil evening in their new suburban neighbourhood they are the victims of a random gangland assault that changes everything. Benny Mongrel, an ex-con night watchman guarding a building site next to Burn`s home, is another man desperate to escape his past. After years in the ghetto gangs of Cape Town he knows who went into Burn`s house, and what the American did to them. He also knows his only chance to save his own brown skin is to forget what he saw. Burn`s actions on that night trap them both in a cat-and-mouse game with Rudi `Gatsby` Barnard - a corrupt Afrikaner cop who loves killing almost as much as he loves Jesus Christ and Disaster Zondi, a fastidious Zulu detective who wishes to settle an old score. Once Gatsby smells those missing American millions, the four men are drawn into a web of murder and vengeance that builds to an unforgettable conclusion.


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Smith's debut is a fast-paced crime story set in Cape Town, South Africa, where an uneasy relationship exists among white, black, and "colored" people of varying ethnicity. Jack Burn, an American ... Read full review

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