Coldsleep Lullaby: A Mystery [NOOK Book]

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In the sleepy Cape Winelands of South Africa the body of a young woman is found drifting in a river, and Detective Eberard Februarie is called in to investigate the case. It doesn’t help matters that the young woman—Melanie Du Preez—was the daughter of a prominent local citizen. Professor du Preez is a lecturer in the University’s Faculty of Law, and a conservative activist in the defense of the Afrikaans culture. Has a murder happened here, and if ...

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Coldsleep Lullaby: A Mystery

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Overview


"A finely crafted novel with an unstoppable plot."
—Top Billing

In the sleepy Cape Winelands of South Africa the body of a young woman is found drifting in a river, and Detective Eberard Februarie is called in to investigate the case. It doesn’t help matters that the young woman—Melanie Du Preez—was the daughter of a prominent local citizen. Professor du Preez is a lecturer in the University’s Faculty of Law, and a conservative activist in the defense of the Afrikaans culture. Has a murder happened here, and if so, is the motive politics or something much more personal?

Eberard discovers a scrapbook of lullabies that Melanie had collected over the years, it's a clue that could unlock the case for him, if only he could figure out what he’s looking for? A man struggling with his own demons, Eberard discovers even more secrets that lead him to the rotten core of this old university town.

Andrew Brown's Coldsleep Lullaby weaves a spellbinding story about prejudice and deceit, courage and redemption. The swift twists in the plot will keep the reader riveted and breathless. Intelligent, chilling, compelling.


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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 06/01/2014
The dead young white woman found floating in a river in the Cape wine country of South Africa just happens to be the daughter of a prominent law professor. Struggling DI Eberard Februarie can barely manage his own life, and his partner Constable Xoliswa Nduku wonders if this case might break him totally. Meanwhile, alternating chapters tell the riveting history of how this particular region was colonized; readers can deduce that the descendants will play roles in the current murder investigation. Februarie soon uncovers a disturbing sex-club component to the victim's life. Two other victims will die in rapid succession before the volatile case is solved. While racial turmoil is the norm for a South African crime novel, it is the sexual scandal that rocks this case. Each chapter opens with a lullaby, and the progressively darker nature of the lyrics escalates the tension in this nightmarish psychological thriller. VERDICT With its lush, detailed descriptions, Brown's debut successfully captures both the beautiful landscapes and the violent textures of South Africa's racially charged history. Winner of South Africa's Sunday Times Fiction Prize in 2006, the title is new to U.S. readers. Try pairing with Paul Thomas's New Zealand-set series (Death on Demand).
Publishers Weekly
★ 04/21/2014
A London Sunday Times Fiction Prize winner, this outstanding series debut from South African Brown (Inyenzi) introduces tormented Det. Insp. Eberard Februarie. “In need of a work environment with less expectations and fewer temptations” after becoming addicted to drugs while on narcotics duty, Eberard transfers to the small town of Stellenbosch, where he hopes to make a fresh start and repair his relationship with his school-age daughter, who lives in nearby Cape Town with his ex-wife. When the body of Melanie Du Preez, an 18-year-old white girl, is found floating in a river, routine police work leads to a black man from Burundi known only as Bullet, who argued with Melanie shortly before her death. The case takes an unexpected turn after Bullet’s arrest, and Eberard becomes convinced that the obvious explanation is wrong. His further probing exposes him to an underworld of sexual perversity that may point the way to the truth. Fans of gritty procedurals in unfamiliar settings will look forward to the next book. (June)
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Praise for Coldsleep Lullaby

"Beautifully crafted."

Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of gritty procedurals in unfamiliar settings will look forward to the next book."

Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

"Brown skillfully creates a handful of compelling and well-drawn characters and offers a plausible sense of a country still consumed by racial tensions and suspicion of immigrants from other African nations. American devotees of international crime fiction will embrace the emotionally scarred Eberard and the fractious society that is at once exotic and all too familiar."

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"With its lush, detailed descriptions, Brown’s debut successfully captures both the beautiful landscapes and the violent textures of South Africa’s racially charged history.

Library Journal (starred review)

"Coldsleep Lullaby is that rare beast: a thriller novel that functions both as a superb mystery and an engrossing historical fiction.  It marks Andrew Brown out as a superb talent."

—John Connolly, bestselling author of the Charlie Parker series

"Taut and chilling. Andrew Brown is a terrific writer."

—Mark Giminez, author of The Color of Law

 

“A book to curl up with and devour way past bedtime…a thrilling novel from an exciting literary talent.”

—Tom Gray, iafrica.com

 

"A beautifully assured whodunit."

—Michele Magwood, Sunday Times (UK)

"A cracker of a thriller."

—Jennifer Crocker, Cape Times (South Africa)

“Excellent and gripping."

—Conrad Linstrom, Pretoria News (South Africa)

"A first rate thriller."

—Brian Joss, Community Newspapers, Cape Town

Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-17
A tale of past and present South Africa that exposes the dark underbelly of the country's history.Now that his downward spiral into drink and drugs has ruined his marriage, veteran mixed-race police detective Eberard Februarie, deeply depressed, has transferred to the little city of Stellenbosch, hoping at least to salvage his career. Eberard must visit a counselor regularly in order to keep his position. When Melanie Du Preez, a young white woman, is found floating in the river, he gets the case. A massive blow to the head would have killed her had she not drowned. She may have been raped as well. Melanie's father is a respected law lecturer at the university whose arrogant, outspoken support for protecting Afrikaans culture has ruffled some feathers. Apartheid may be over, but racism still runs rampant. Eberard's partner, bright young Constable Xoliswa Nduku, wants to make a career for herself in the police force. Their search discloses a scrapbook of nursery rhymes Melanie kept, with some of the later items torn out. As they look into her background, they find that she's visited a club featuring alcohol, drugs and loud music with sexual undertones. Eberard arrests the bouncer, a Burundian in the country illegally, who's been seen with Melanie. But before he can be questioned, the professor comes to the jail pretending to be his lawyer and shoots him. Although the Burundian's semen has been found in Melanie, the club owner pushes a reluctant Eberard, who is sinking back into his old ways, to continue his investigation. With Nduku's encouragement, he turns up some deeply disturbing possibilities.Brown (Solace, 2012, etc.) has cleverly and ironically woven a second narrative of the cruel past into the present. The mystery takes a back seat in this beautifully crafted scenario of hatred, intolerance and courage.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250036001
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/17/2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 152,953
  • File size: 535 KB

Meet the Author


ANDREW BROWN is an author, a lawyer, and a volunteer police officer who lives in Cape Town, South Africa. He won the Sunday Times Fiction Prize for Coldsleep Lullaby, and his work has also been shortlisted for the Alan Paton Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Africa Region). He is married and has three children.
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