Cape Town is often called the most beautiful city in the world but anyone who lives there will tell you it’s also one of the most violent, crime-ridden places imaginable.
Ex-model Roxy Palmer makes a split-second decision that takes her from a glamorous life on millionaire row to the city’s dark side – a world of ruthless killers, drug dealers, dirty cops and prison gangs where depravity doesn’t even begin to describe what happens daily.
Enters Billy Afrika, a man desperately trying to escape that world – and he needs Roxy to help him succeed.
The characters are unforgettable: the unfortunately beautiful convict Disco De Lilly, psychopathic prison gang general Piper, an honest but useless cop and his snotty-nosed son, a Ukrainian prostitute, a West African cannibal.
Cape Town-based writer Roger Smith’s taut, fat-free prose never lets up and from page one you simply have to know how these characters’ lives will collide and splinter. A must-read.
Wake Up Dead by Roger Smith