The Steam Pig: A Lieutenant Kramer and Detective Sergeant Mickey Zondi Investigation

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In the debut mystery featuring Lieutenant Kramer and Detective Sergeant Mickey Zondi set in South Africa, a beautiful blonde has been killed by a bicycle spoke to the heart, Bantu gangster style. Why?

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Overview

In the debut mystery featuring Lieutenant Kramer and Detective Sergeant Mickey Zondi set in South Africa, a beautiful blonde has been killed by a bicycle spoke to the heart, Bantu gangster style. Why?

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for The Steam Pig:

“James McClure's first novel arrives like a slam in the kidneys . . . a gripping style, real characters, and an exotic locale. . . . The Steam Pig will not only keep the reader's nose to the page, it will also make [him] think.”
The New York Times Book Review

Praise for James McClure:

"[McClure is] a distinguished crime novelist who has created in his Afrikaner Tromp Kramer and Bantu Sergeant Zondi two detectives who are as far from stereotypes as any in the genre."
—P. D. James

"McClure's stories ... have been noteworthy in equal measure for their poignant evocation of [South Africa], their perception of partnership, and their acute sense of sexual obsession."
—Time Magazine

"The pace is fast, the solution ingenious. Above all, however, is the author's extraordinary naturalistic style. He is that rarity—a sensitive writer who can carry his point without forcing."
—The New York Times Book Review 

"Soho completes its reprinting of one of the finest police series to begin in the 1970s, James McClure's eight books about Tromp Kramer and Mickey Zondi, a South African biracial detective team in the days of Apartheid."
—Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569476529
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: Kramer and Zondi Series , #1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 738,324
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James McClure was born in Johannesburg. Je published eight wildly successful books in the Kramer and Zondi series. He died on June 17, 2006.

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

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    A great little crime story about a white South African police Li

    A great little crime story about a white South African police Lieutenant and his black partner during Apartheid. I read this for the first time back in '91 after getting a copy of it from my aunt, and I remember liking it but I couldn't remember much other than the basic premise.

    I find the apartheid era rather fascinating to read about, and this book was my first real taste of it. Kramer is pretty well developed, but Zondi is still just kind of the main side character to go along with all the others. The criminal enterprise was rather clever, I thought. And all things didn't get wrapped up in the end, the story did move along at a nice quick pace.

    The paperback (faber & faber) was formatted somewhat oddly. The font was quite small leaving large border areas. There were no obvious spelling/grammar mistakes but the foreign spelling of some words was somewhat interesting at times.

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