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City of Blood

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger.

Siphiwe, a nineteen-year-old orphan, is haunted by memories of the senseless death of his elder brother. When a woman selling mangoes is stabbed on the street in front of him, Siphiwe rushes to her aid, desperate to stop history repeating itself, but in doing so unwittingly crosses the paths of two very dangerous men s
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Vintage (first published May 9th 2013)
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s st clair
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoying reading this story set in post apartheid South Africa. The central character Siphiwe is nineteen, living in a charity home; both traumatised by and humanised by the tragic death of his brother. The complexities and consequences of this dynamic and what it means for Siphiwe as he interacts with both the local crime masters and the police are skilfully laid out for the reader.
Estie Van
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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City of Blood is an amazing story of a 19 year old South African, called Simphiwe, who got caught up in the violent world of crime in Johannesburg, trying to do good.

Martie de Villiers a South African living in London published her 1st book through Harville Secker in the UK, EU Countries, Canada and SA. The book was released on 9 May 2013. Her book City of Blood is receiving amazing reviews.
Martie went to London 9 years ago with the dream to publish a book in the UK. She was on the shortlist f
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Chris
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
City of Blood, is a gritty novel that took me down onto the streets of Johannesburg, where warlords feud, and death is all around. Villiers really brings to life the city in all it's violent detail, and through the eyes of Siphiwe we see how temperamental the balance of power between the warring factions is.

The writing style is simple, clinical and at times cold which reflects the blasé attitude many citizens in the novel have towards death. It is quite shocking how prevalent crime is, and this
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Martin Waight
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very engaging read with excellent descriptions of South African life written in an easy style. I liked the book and would read more from the author.

I was provided with an advance copy of the book from NetGalley and am grateful for them giving me a chance to read this new novel.
Tessa
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very violent story set in post-apartheid Johannesburg well written and very exciting. The characters were well drawn and gained your sympathy.
Dave
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Superbly atmospheric, really enjoyed it
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