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Dead-End Road (Jacob Tshabalala #3)

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Detective Harry Mason has rejoined the South African Police Service after a two-year leave of absence, and moved over to the specialised Serious and Violent Crimes unit, headed by the tough and fiery veteran commander Superintendent Carl 'Blackie' Swarts. Soon afterwards, Harry is assigned to investigate the slaying of a minor politician and his family, in a township west ...more
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Published February 1st 2008 by MacMillan
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May 21, 2009 Kirsty rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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This book was interesting. I've read many thrillers, but none of them have been based in South Africa. The book is a number of stories rolled into one surrounding the Serious and Violent Crimes unit of the South African police service. The unit are investigating a murder when they receive information about a 'protection' group. The turn their attentions to this group, but then a bomb is detonated in Johannesburg. We then follows the stori
A very fast paced, action filled book. Very good story and many twist and turns that I sure didn't see coming. The characters seemed to be real and well thought out.

Had a little trouble with the South African dialect, but that is just because of my unfamiliarity with the lingo.

Well done! I look forward to his other books!
Heather Cawte
Fast-paced, absorbing thriller with good twists and turns, believable characters and an interesting structure. I enjoy police procedurals, but I'd never read any set in South Africa, so this was a first for me. Very vivid and engrossing, although it is very violent.
DEAD-END ROAD is third novel Detective Harry Mason novel from South African author Richard Kunzmann - the earlier books are BLOODY HARVESTS and SALAMANDER COTTON. It was the first of this series that I've read, and I'm not sure that was necessarily a wise move.

It's been a couple of years since Harry's last outing and since then he has joined the elite Serious and Violent Crimes unit. They have been assigned to the investigation of the slaying of a minor politician and his family in a township we
I am not usually one to read crime fiction, yet Dead-End Road is something different. Transcending obligatory genre convention, this novel is fresh, exciting and exotic, set in the hazardous African world of Johannesburg, filled with racial and tribal tensions where the morality of its inhabitants isn't so much black and white as a varying scale of grey. Kunzmann is a great story-teller, skillfully exploring human emotion and experience within his vastly rich cast of highly believeable character ...more
I am a lover of mysteries, but wasn't sure that I would like Dead-End Road. It was somewhat different then what I usually read, but once I got into the story I really liked it. I liked the locale of South Africa and Johannesburg, places that I really know nothing about. I had a bit of trouble with the dialect until I got use to it. I would recommend this book to those who like a good story and a mystery to boot.
Having tended to avoid South African authors this book is a remarkable surprise. Well written and compelling. Its obviously not just the Americans that have crime, crime novels or crime authors.. Well worth the read and an interesting look at the dynamics of a post apartheid SA with all the crime, squallor and violence that one might expect.
Harry Mason has returned to the police and serves on an elite force for dealing with violent crimes. Harry is shot on a raid to capture Russian assault rifles and spends the balance of the book tracking down the perpetrators. Gritty.
Draws you in on every page. Bit of a culture shock for someone living in Europe but very fascinating.
A solid South African crime novel: the sequel to Salamander Cotton. Entertaining, but not quite as good.
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Richard Kunzmann published his first police procedural in the UK at the tender age of 26, and Bloody Harvests was immediately short-listed for the Crime Writers Association’s lucrative J.C.W. Creasy Award for Best New Novel, in 2002. Publication of Bloody Harvests and his second thriller, Salamander Cotton , quickly followed in all English language territories.

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