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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (148 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roger Smith Narrator: Justine Eyre Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A split-second decision with no second chance: get it wrong and you wake up dead.

On a blowtorch-hot night in Cape Town, American ex-model Roxy Palmer and her gunrunner husband, Joe, are carjacked, leaving Joe lying in a pool of blood. As the carjackers make their getaway, Roxy makes a fateful choice that changes her life forever.

Disco and Godwynn, the ghetto gangbangers who sped away in Joe’s convertible, will stop at nothing to track her down. Billy Afrika, a mixed-race ex-cop turned mercenary, won’t let her out of his sight, because Joe owed him a chunk of money. And remorselessly hunting them all is Piper, a love-crazed psychopath determined to renew his vows with his jailhouse “wife,” Disco.

As these desperate lives collide and old debts are settled in blood, Roxy is caught in a wave of escalating violence in the beautiful and brutal African seaport. With savage plotting and breakneck suspense that ends in a shattering cataclysm of violence, Wake Up Dead confirms Roger Smith as one of the world’s best new thriller writers.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bill | 2/8/2014

    " This book started out strong, a vivid, tough noir story, following several potentially interesting characters. But the multitude of characters, all unlikable, began to slow the story down and I had to struggle through the middle section. But then it picked up again at the end and delivered on it's excellent noir beginnings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tristan Vink | 1/28/2014

    " This South African set crime novel is one of the most violent and brutal I've ever read. While none of the characters are really sympathetic, Smith's well paced writing style makes it a compelling read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dj | 1/14/2014

    " could be the highest 'body count' in any book i've ever read. then again, if the title is 'wake up dead' this makes sense. despite this it was quite well written and read as plausible. looking forward to #3. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lynne | 12/12/2013

    " It made my skin crawl. Roger Smith has an amazing ability to capture the essence of the bad characters. It was a great page turner and I enjoyed each and every character. Such a talented author ... I am a fan. "

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About the Author
Author Roger Smith

Roger Smith was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now lives in Cape Town. A motion picture version of his acclaimed debut thriller, Mixed Blood, starring Samuel L. Jackson, is in the works.