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3.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 5 3.90 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Malla Nunn Narrator: Saul Reichlin Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN:
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The follow-up to her much-acclaimed debut, A Beautiful Place to Die, Malla Nunn's Let the Dead Lie takes listeners back to 1953 South Africa.

When Cooper discovers the body of a young child on the Durban docks, he resists the urge to figure out what happened and leaves it for the local police. But after he is accused of the crime, he has 48 hours to clear his name and find a depraved killer.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 2/19/2014

    " Pretty darn good.... Especially right after A Beautiful Place To Die. Malla Nunn is quite a writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 2/1/2014

    " Malla Nunn is a good writer, and she knows how to write a crime noir novel. However, what she also manages to do is to create likeable characters. I found myself drawn to the character of Emmanuel Cooper, as well as to the minor characters of Zweigman and Shabala(sp?). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skip | 2/1/2014

    " Detective Emmanuel Cooper has lost his job, but not his passion. Working ostesibly as a nightwatchman at the Durban docks in South Africa, he is moonlighting for his former boss, Major von Niekirk when a young slumdweller/gofer dies from a slashed throat. Befriending a working girl, with a myriad of underworld contacts, Cooper is arrested for the murder and then released for 48 hours to solve the crime and bring those responsible to justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/28/2014

    " The early part of this book is hard reading mainly because it is so uncomfortable to see the hero of Nunn's previous book, A Beautiful Place to Die, in such different circumstances, stripped of his Detective's Badge and reclassified as non-white. Not a big deal? In 1950's South Africa it changes everything for Emmanuel Cooper. Cooper is nonethless drawn in to a new murder investigation and quickly becomes a suspect on the run in the racially mixed streets of Durban. Cooper does eventually come to accept the help of his friends, a Jewish doctor and a black police officer he met in the previous book. With the help of his friends, the brooding tone and hopelessness of the story lifts slightly. Cooper must solve three murders and protect a Russian defector and his pregnant wife from a murderer and a rogue policeman. Let the Dead Lie is an apt title as all of Cooper's problems stem from his inablilty "let the dead lie". Even when he knows repsonsible parties will never be broguht to justice and that innocent people may be hurt in the pursuit of justice, and the consequences for his own life are dire, he is unable to stop himself in the pursuit of the truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graham Botha | 1/26/2014

    " The second in her series of the misadventures of her mixed race police investigator Emanuel Cooper is similar to her first novel. The plot gains momentum slowly, but builds about half way through to become the page turner that "A beautiful Place to Die" was. She reintroduces two of the supporting characters from her first novel half way through, and suddenly the reader is pulled into the plot and cares more about the characters. Once again, the setting is in South Africa and her references to specific places and landmarks has special meaning for me as Durban is the city where I grew up and I recognized all of the places to which she refers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Ellis | 1/10/2014

    " Another great story and a real insight to the difficulties of living in SA during those times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali Bush | 1/8/2014

    " A brilliant story Full of twists Kept you wanting more "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 1/8/2014

    " Excellent book. Malla Nunn can write! Everything about it was a treat. Great to the very end! Really got a good taste of apartheid. I got to visit South Africa a couple of years ago and that provided some context for this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran Caparrelli | 12/7/2013

    " Malla Nunn takes you directly to life in South Africa in the early 50's. The main character is sympathetic but not perfect.Life is not easy then for the people in this world but they are real and most are people you want to read about in the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 10/10/2013

    " I liked this one even better than the first one in the series. It is great as an audiobook, with all the different voices of South Africa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tuck | 9/24/2013

    " great follow up to her first novel. great atmospheres of south african people, ways, flowers and trees. her first mystery was maybe more solid, but this one is more cinematic. malla nunn for some good mystery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eleanor Jethro | 8/14/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this book - the interplay of all the characters was done very well. Kept me going till the end - didn't want to put the book down. Didn't realize how bad the prejudice was in South Africa. Would recommend this book to anyone that would enjoy a good mystery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coki | 8/13/2013

    " Still good but maybe not as powerful as the first novel. Just seemed more . . .. jumbled? Did add more of the backstory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mairi | 8/3/2013

    " The second Emmanuel Cooper book. I liked the first one. I loved this one. It was more complex, richer, fuller. I look forward to seeing what else she does, both with this character and with other endeavors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 6/18/2013

    " second book by Malla Nunn with the same character, Emmanuel. Would read more - should Malla continue the series - main character appropriately flawed to suit my mystery/crime reading needs. And a dead body. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 2/16/2013

    " I'm enjoying this series that takes place in South Africa in the 50s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet L | 10/8/2012

    " I read several of the reviews and I too found it sad that Emmauel Cooper had been stripped of his rank and sent to walk the docks. His spirit perseveres and through trial and tragedy gets his good name and papers back. I hope Malla Nunn will continue with the character in subsequent writings "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail Richardson | 7/13/2012

    " First time reading this author. The story was compelling and held my attention. I do love a good mystery. Must read her other book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 7/5/2012

    " I'm ready for her next book ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 2/25/2012

    " Not as good as Beautiful Place to Die, but still very good. I still love Cooper, and I'll read this character over & over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 10/19/2011

    " This one failed to catch my attention. That's it for book from Nunn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coki | 3/20/2011

    " Still good but maybe not as powerful as the first novel. Just seemed more . . .. jumbled? Did add more of the backstory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 11/17/2010

    " This one failed to catch my attention. That's it for book from Nunn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eleanor | 9/25/2010

    " I enjoyed reading this book - the interplay of all the characters was done very well. Kept me going till the end - didn't want to put the book down. Didn't realize how bad the prejudice was in South Africa. Would recommend this book to anyone that would enjoy a good mystery "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 8/7/2010

    " A mystery that takes place in South Africa in the '50's. I'm now reading the first--this was the second. If you're missing Seig Larsson, you might give Malla Nunn a try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 7/12/2010

    " second book by Malla Nunn with the same character, Emmanuel. Would read more - should Malla continue the series - main character appropriately flawed to suit my mystery/crime reading needs. And a dead body. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 6/20/2010

    " I so enjoyed her earlier book, but this one just wasn't as good. It dragged and seemed padded.

    I learned more about South Africa and apartheid and learning more about most things is a good thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 6/3/2010

    " Malla Nunn takes you directly to life in South Africa in the early 50's. The main character is sympathetic but not perfect.Life is not easy then for the people in this world but they are real and most are people you want to read about in the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 5/27/2010

    " I read several of the reviews and I too found it sad that Emmauel Cooper had been stripped of his rank and sent to walk the docks. His spirit perseveres and through trial and tragedy gets his good name and papers back. I hope Malla Nunn will continue with the character in subsequent writings "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tuck | 4/23/2010

    " great follow up to her first novel. great atmospheres of south african people, ways, flowers and trees. her first mystery was maybe more solid, but this one is more cinematic. malla nunn for some good mystery "

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About the Narrator

Saul Reichlin is an actor, producer, and director. He has won numerous awards for his audiobook narrations, which include Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and he has lent his voice to more than fifty television documentaries.