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Killer Country (Revenge Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Mike Nicol
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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'If you have to spend a weekend with only one book for company, take Killer Country'
Sunday Independent

'Shady characters, twists, turns, murder, mayhem, humour, wonderful dialogue, white-knuckle pace -- everything I love about crime fiction in just the right amount'
Deon Meyer

'A magnificent thriller. Nicol strips his prose of ornamentation and achieves an extraordinary emotional energy out of his characters and their ordeals. This is language with muscle.'
Rapport

'World class . . . pace, wonderful characters and brilliant dialogue'
Elle

'Mike Nicol is a talent deserving wide international recognition'
The Weekender

'Watch out Elmore Leonard, here comes Mike Nicol'
Southern Mail

'A heady mix, and Nicol stirs it with vigour, inventiveness and wit . . . The laconic, street-smart style is so convincingly laid-back that it may blind readers to the artistry of the writing, which is taut and economical
Independent

'In the top rung . . . Nicol's clipped dialogue and sparse, high-impact prose recalls that of revered American recluse Cormac McCarthy
The Citizen --...

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Mike Nicol is one of the brightest thriller writing talents to have emerged in the last decade, and the Mace and Pylon novels are as good as any being written in the field today. This is not just superb genre writing: it is superb writing, period, and proves that the thriller, at its best, can both entertain and provoke, while tackling serious issues with the lightest of touches. Read Mike Nicol now, before everyone else starts telling you how wonderful he is' JOHN CONNOLLY
'If you have to spend a weekend with only one book for company, take Killer Country' Sunday Independent
'Shady characters, twists, turns, murder, mayhem, humour, wonderful dialogue, white-knuckle pace -- everything I love about crime fiction in just the right amount' Deon Meyer
'A magnificent thriller. Nicol strips his prose of ornamentation and achieves an extraordinary emotional energy out of his characters and their ordeals. This is language with muscle.' Rapport
'World class . . . pace, wonderful characters and brilliant dialogue' Elle
'Mike Nicol is a talent deserving wide international recognition' The Weekender
'Watch out Elmore Leonard, here comes Mike Nicol' Southern Mail
'A heady mix, and Nicol stirs it with vigour, inventiveness and wit . . . The laconic, street-smart style is so convincingly laid-back that it may blind readers to the artistry of the writing, which is taut and economical Independent
'In the top rung . . . Nicol's clipped dialogue and sparse, high-impact prose recalls that of revered American recluse Cormac McCarthy' The Citizen
Mace Bishop and Pylon Buso run a security agency, protecting wealthy tourists from the violence on Cape Town's streets -- all the while hoping their own shady pasts won't catch up with them.
But when they try to invest some dirty money in a lucrative property deal, they clash with a new and dangerous set of enemies: Obed Chocho, corrupt politician par excellence, and Spitz, a ruthless hitman who kills with mechanical efficiency.
And somewhere behind it all is an old adversary, Sheemina February, looking to settle a score from the bad old days . . .

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 525 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Old Street Publishing (1 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906964718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906964719
  • ASIN: B0077AZCSQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,049 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cape Town thriller for grown-ups 4 Mar. 2011
By Stegwych VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I thought this was great: pacy, intelligent, honest, true-to-life stuff for grown-ups, and written with real pzazz plus an almost Elmore Leonard-ish humour. It's true, the characters don't divide neatly into 'goodies' and 'baddies' (except maybe one truly evil woman, Sheemina February, and even she has a past that partly explains her nastiness), but unlike a previous reviewer, I found them more believable because of it. And with the caveat that I've never been to South Africa, I was disturbingly convinced by Nicol's depiction of a lethally corrupt political system. Incidentally, even though Killer Country is the second in the 'Revenge Trilogy', I came to it first -- before Payback, that is -- and, unlike that same previous reviewer, didn't find that a problem. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always good 10 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Mace and Pylon are not Goodies, just less Baddies. Their reactions to events are normal, which gives the story realism and force. The back story is every bit as interesting as the narrative, and the way is open for the next instalment. I can`t wait. Brilliant!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The real Cape Town? 18 Aug. 2012
By Chris B
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As usual with trilogies I read the second book after the third but this was not a huge problem as the novels are quite capable of standing alone. I like the way Mike Nicol paints a picture of his characters. Within the very first chapter you have a picture of everyone, in your head - he even manages to denote ethnic origin without recourse to PC labeling or racist labeling. If you have been to Cape Town and know it fairly well you will love every minute has you will know where every bit of action takes place (and there's plenty of action). If you have never been to Cape Town it's not a bad story but you won't get much out of it. Unlike Roger Smith, reading Mike Nicol will not put you off visiting South Africa. It may even make you want to see the beautiful beaches and of course Table Mountain, and mix with the rich ethnic mix of people.
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