Forced to resign from his position of Detective Sergeant and re-classified as 'mixed race' after an incident involving a young black woman, Emmanuel Cooper winds up powerless and alone in the tough coastal city of Durban, mixing labouring with surveillance work for his old boss, Major van Nickerk.  Patrolling the freight yards one night, he stumbles upon the body of a young boy and the detective in him cannot, or will not, walk away.  When two more bodies - this time an older English woman and her maid - are discovered at his boarding house, he unwittingly becomes the prime suspect in a triple murder case.


Malla Nunn

Malla Nunn grew up in Swaziland before moving with her parents to Perth in the 1970s.  She attended uni in WA and then in the US.  In New York, she worked on film sets, wrote her first screenplay and met her American husband to be, before returning to Australia where she began writing and directing short films and corporate videos.  'Fade to White', 'Sweetbreeze', and 'Servant of the Ancestors' have won numerous awards and have shown at international film festivals from Zanzibar to New York. Malla and her husband live in Sydney with their two children

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Review LET THE DEAD LIE - Malla Nunn
Karen Chisholm
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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