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Wake Up Dead

Wake Up Dead

A Cape Town Thriller

Roger Smith

Picador

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On a blowtorch-hot night in Cape Town, American ex-model Roxy Palmer and her gunrunner husband, Joe, are carjacked, leaving Joe in a pool of blood. As the carjackers make their getaway, Roxy makes a fateful choice that changes her life forever. Soon she is caught in a wave of escalating violence in the beautiful and brutal African seaport. With savage plotting and breakneck suspense that end in a shattering climax, Wake Up Dead confirms Roger Smith as one of the world's best new thriller writers.

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Wake Up Dead

chapter 1
THE NIGHT THEY WERE HIJACKED, ROXY PALMER AND HER HUSBAND, Joe, ate dinner with an African cannibal and his Ukrainian whore.
The African, languidly elegant in a hand-tailored silk suit, was...

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Praise for Wake Up Dead

“Smith's writing is astonishing. . . . Read this only if you don't flinch.” —The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“Impossible to put down.” —Martha Woodroof, NPR.org

“The Cape Town setting recaptures all the blood and menace that time and nostalgia have effaced from Raymond Chandler's mean streets--and redoubles them. . . . Smith also leavens the book with humor, grim and otherwise.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“If you are a fan of George Pelecanos or Dennis Lehane, give Roger Smith a close look.” —Bookpage

“A stellar thriller from South African author Smith.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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Roger Smith

Roger Smith, an accomplished screenwriter, director, and producer, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now lives in Cape Town. He is the author of the thriller Mixed Blood, and is writing a third novel.

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