Present Darkness

Publication Details
Book Title: 
ISBN: 
9781451616965
Series: 
Emmanuel Cooper
Year of Publication: 
2014
Publisher: 
Atria/Emily Bestler
Author Information
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Categories & Groupings
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Police Procedural
History
Location: 
South Africa
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Book Synopsis

Set in the corrupt, unforgiving world of apartheid South Africa, this novel in the Detective Emmanuel Cooper series follows Cooper as he faces a test of loyalty and friendship.

Five days before Christmas, Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper sits at his desk at the Johannesburg major crimes squad, ready for his holiday in Mozambique. A call comes in: a respectable, white couple has been assaulted and left for dead in their bedroom. The couple’s teenage daughter identifies the attacker as Aaron Shabalala—the youngest son of Zulu Detective Constable Samuel Shabalala—Cooper’s best friend and a man to whom he owes his life.

The Detective Branch isn’t interested in evidence that might contradict their star witness’s story, especially so close to the holidays. Determined to ensure justice for Aaron, Cooper, Shabalala, and their trusted friend, Dr. Daniel Zweigman hunt down the truth. Their investigation uncovers a violent world of Sophiatown gangs, thieves, and corrupt government officials who will do anything to keep their dark world intact.

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