Wake Up Dead (Paperback)

A Cape Town Thriller

By Roger Smith

Picador, 9780312680480, 304pp.

Publication Date: January 4, 2011

Other Editions of This Title:
Compact Disc (3/8/2010)
Hardcover (2/2/2010)
MP3 CD (3/8/2010)
Compact Disc (3/8/2010)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (5/1/2010)

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On a blowtorch-hot night in Cape Town, American ex-model Roxy Palmer and her gunrunner husband, Joe, are carjacked, leaving Joe in a pool of blood. As the carjackers make their getaway, Roxy makes a fateful choice that changes her life forever. Soon she is caught in a wave of escalating violence in the beautiful and brutal African seaport. With savage plotting and breakneck suspense that end in a shattering climax, Wake Up Dead confirms Roger Smith as one of the world's best new thriller writers.

About the Author

Roger Smith, an accomplished screenwriter, director, and producer, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now lives in Cape Town. He is the author of the thrillers Mixed Blood and Wake Up Dead and is writing a third novel.

Praise For Wake Up Dead: A Cape Town Thriller

“Smith's writing is astonishing. . . . Read this only if you don't flinch.” —The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“Impossible to put down.” —Martha Woodroof, NPR.org

“The Cape Town setting recaptures all the blood and menace that time and nostalgia have effaced from Raymond Chandler's mean streets--and redoubles them. . . . Smith also leavens the book with humor, grim and otherwise.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“If you are a fan of George Pelecanos or Dennis Lehane, give Roger Smith a close look.” —Bookpage

“A stellar thriller from South African author Smith.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)