by Roger Smith is free on Amazon US on 11/5 main
Not free on UK site at time of posting
Personal Recommendation: I recently read four Roger Smith thrillers in the course of 10 days. They're all centered around the epidemic levels of violence and child abuse currently afflicting Cape Town, South Africa, and the consequences of that what happens when post-Apartheid depradation bumps into post-Apartheid white privilege. These books (Mixed Blood, Wake Up Dead, Dust Devils, Capture, and novella Ishamael Toffee) are some of my favorite reads of the past year. I can't recommend them highly enough.
As four-year-old Sunny Exley drowns in the icy waters off a luxury beach house, her father, Nick, smokes weed on the shore and her mother, Caroline, is lost in the arms of a lover. Hidden on nearby boulders, rent-a-cop Vernon Saul watches the child die and chooses to act only when it is too late.
In the days following Sunny's death, gutted by grief and guilt, Nick falls under the spell of Vernon who presents himself as a friend in time of need. When the sinister Vernon's true motives are revealed, Nick is drawn into a spiral of manipulation and murder that leaves him fighting for his sanity and his life.
PRAISE FOR ROGER SMITH
"Smith writes with the brutal beauty of an Elmore Leonard in a very bad mood. " THE WASHINGTON POST
"Smith has a unique ability to plunge readers into his nightmare visions." THE TIMES
"If you are a fan of George Pelecanos or Dennis Lehane, give Roger Smith a close look." BOOKPAGE