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An amphetamine-fueled thriller about a bombshell American widow
on the run in Cape Town’s violent badlands—from a writer being compared
to George Pelecanos and Richard Price
A split-second decision with no second chance: get it wrong and you wake up dead.
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,”
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.