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Dead in the Water

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Detective Storm van der Merwe is walking her dog on the beach when she makes a gruesome discovery: the body of a young journalist - missing a limb. For the residents of Grootbaai, corpses are bad for business: thousands of tourists from all over the world flock to this coastal town to shark-cage dive with its famous great whites. Storm is desperate to investigate the matte ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Penguin Books
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Sam Wilson Späth
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A gripping, hard-boiled detective story with interesting characters and a page-turner plot. The main protagonists, Storm van der Merwe and Andreas Moerdyk, are complicated detectives with a complicated relationship. Living in the Western Cape myself, I loved the familiar landmarks and vernacular. Now I have to find a restaurant in Hermanus for a plate of perlemoen and rice. And start avoiding the sea. Big time.
Peter J.
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
The translation from Afrikaans is fluid, but foreign readers may balk at all the South Africanisms, despite the flavour that they bring.
Detective Storm van der Merwe is a great character; feisty, stocky and sharp. Her determination to pursue her target is so driven that she battles with her conscience over ignoring personal emergencies, like her mother’s illness. I am glad that we’ll be hearing more from her.
When Storm is banished to the coastal town of Hermanus for her inappropriate protest a
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Bev
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Irna van Zyl is a South African journalist, with 30 years in the media trade, and many accomplishments.

Set in Grootbaai, a fictional town near Hermanus and also featuring the Western Cape, this, her first novel, introduces Storm van der Merwe, a suspended detective warrant officer as its protagonist.

It opens with a "car chase" on our SA roads - featuring a bakkie, a beetle and a truck. Plenty of action, and a typically South African scene.

Later, Storm, walking her dog on the beach, finds a bod
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Димитър Тодоров
Изпитана рецепта е, ако искаш да хвърлиш светлина върху някой сериозен обществен или екологичен проблем, да го вкараш в криминален роман с убийства. Още по-изпитана рецепта е, ако убийствата са повече от едно, някой от главните заподозрени да се окаже сред убитите. В рецептата, що се отнася до Южна Африка е, сериозният обществен или екологичен проблем се подбира да е ендемичен, добрите в историята покриват няколко расови групи (като белият мъж има проблем с алкохола), а действието се развива на ...more
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Irna van Zyl is the author of the thriller "Dead in the Water". She is an award-winning journalist and media entrepreneur who headed up De Kat, Insig and Boeke-Insig before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Cape Town with her partner, two dogs and a cat.

Irna van Zyl is die skrywer van die riller "Moordvis". Sy is ’n bekende mediapersoonlikheid en was onder meer redakteur van De Kat, Insig
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