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(The first book in the Mace and Pylon series)
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More than a decade after the end of Apartheid, ex-gun-runners Mace Bishop and Pylon Buso are trying to settle down to a comfortable Cape existence. But when an old contact calls in a favour, they become embroiled once again in the country's violent underworld of crime and corruption - and with the lethal Islamist organisation PAGAD. A gripping tale of narcotics, arms-dealing and international intrigue, PAYBACK heralds the arrival of a major new crime-writing talent.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"South Africa joins the hard-boiled stakes, and in a wondrous dazzling humorous novel. Imagine Elroy joining forces with Chester Himes, Coffin Ed, and Gravedigger, throw in the spectacular landscape of South Africa, and you ll get some sense of this wild and daring novel. One prays this is the first in a series if Tom Sharpe wrote mystery, this would be it." - Ken Bruen

"Read Mike Nicol now, before everyone else starts telling you how wonderful he is." - John Connolly

"Mike Nicol is the rapidly rising star of South African crime fiction. His novels have everything I love about the genre in just the right amount: shady characters, twists, turns, murder, mayhem, humour, wonderful dialogue, white-knuckle pace and lots of authentic Cape Town colour." - Deon Meyer

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Used availability for Mike Nicol's Payback

Paperback Editions

January 2008 : South Africa Paperback

Title: Payback
Author(s): Mike Nicol
ISBN: 1-4152-0046-7 / 978-1-4152-0046-9 (South Africa edition)
Publisher: Umuzi
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

February 2010 : UK Paperback

Title: Payback
Author(s): Mike Nicol
ISBN: 1-906964-16-5 / 978-1-906964-16-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Old Street Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   

Kindle Editions

March 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition

Title: Payback (Revenge Trilogy Book 1)
Author(s): Mike Nicol
Publisher: Old Street Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU