MIXED BLOOD by Roger Smith
AUTHOR SIGNED HARDCOVER
First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket in archival acetate cover, signed by the author, remainder marked.
March 2009 NY: Henry Holt & Co.
An American fugitive hides out in Cape Town—one of the world’s
most beautiful and violent cities—in this riveting debut thriller that
asks: Can you ever outrun your past?
Reluctant bank robber
Jack Burn is on the run after a heist in the United States that left $3
million missing and one cop dead. Hiding out in Cape Town, South
Africa, he is desperate to build a new life for his pregnant wife and
young son. But on a tranquil evening in their new suburban neighborhood
they are the victims of a random gangland assault that changes
Benny Mongrel, an ex-con night watchman guarding a
building site next to Burn’s home, is another man desperate to escape
his past. After years in the ghetto gangs of Cape Town he knows who
went into Burn’s house. And what the American did to them. He also
knows his only chance to save his own brown skin is to forget what he
Burn’s actions on that night trap them both in a
cat-and-mouse game with Rudi "Gatsby" Barnard—a corrupt Afrikaner cop
who loves killing almost as much as he loves Jesus Christ—and Disaster
Zondi, a fastidious Zulu detective who wishes to settle an old score.
Once Gatsby smells those missing American millions, the four men are
drawn into a web of murder and vengeance that builds to an