Present Darkness


Product Details

Atria Books
Publish Date
5.36 X 8.47 X 0.92 inches | 0.63 pounds

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About the Author

Malla Nunn was born in Swaziland, South Africa, and currently lives in Sydney, Australia. She is a filmmaker with three award-winning films to her credit, as well as the author of the Emmanuel Cooper crime series, When the Ground Is Hard, and Sugar Town Queens.


"Consistently engaging."-- "Booklist"
Unforgettable."-- "The Sydney Morning Herald"
"Malla Nunn's bookshave it all: fast-paced, intricate storylines; an exotic setting in a dangerousera; a deeply flawed hero; and an Oscar-worthy cast of supporting characters."-- "Bookpage"
"We're fortunate indeed that writers like Malla Nunn are here, working on books like PRESENT DARKNESS. This is crime fiction that goes into an area of human behaviour and a history that needs to be held up to the light, remembered, examined and understood."-- "Reviewing the Evidence"
"Historical hindsight may make readers a bit more self-congratulatory about recognizing the evils of apartheid, but it won't help them see around the curves Nunn has plotted or rise above her insight into the enduring dilemmas of her separate-and-unequal world."--Kirkus Reviews
"A disturbing book with a morally compelling hero."--Booklist
"An engrossing and compelling read . . . saturated with the feel of 1950s South Africa." --Mike Nicol, author of the Revenge trilogy
"The suspense is irresistible, and the mystery sustains itself well. This is a wonderfully effective addition to Nunn's already masterful series of novels. A highly recommended novel."-- Historical Novel Society
"Superlative."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
"This well-plottedbook is like a jigsaw puzzle whose pieces fit together with a terribleprecision, and yet can be read with hope that the good guys will prevail. (Itis a series, after all.) Recommended for anyone who loves a good mystery with acomplicated, tough protagonist worth falling for."-- "Historical Novel Society"