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Wake Up Dead

(2010)
(The second book in the Cape Town series)
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An amphetamine-fueled thriller about a bombshell American widow on the run in Cape Town's violent badlands - from a writer being compared to George Pelecanos and Richard Price

A split-second decision with no second chance: get it wrong and you wake up dead.

On a blowtorch-hot night in Cape Town, American ex-model Roxy Palmer and her gunrunner husband, Joe, are carjacked, leaving Joe lying in a pool of blood. As the carjackers make their getaway, Roxy makes a fateful choice that changes her life forever.

Disco and Godwynn, the ghetto gangbangers who sped away in Joe's convertible, will stop at nothing to track her down. Billy Afrika, a mixed-race ex-cop turned mercenary, won't let her out of his sight because Joe owed him a chunk of money. And remorselessly hunting them all is Piper, a love-crazed psychopath determined to renew his vows with his jailhouse 'wife,' Disco.

As these desperate lives collide and old debts are settled in blood, Roxy is caught in a wave of escalating violence in the beautiful and brutal African seaport. With savage plotting and breakneck suspense that ends in a shattering cataclysm of violence, Wake Up Dead confirms Roger Smith as one of the world's best new thriller writers.

Genre: Thriller

Praise for this book

"South Africa's answer to Elmore Leonard. A raw, brutal, tour-de-force." - Mike Ripley


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Hardback Editions

February 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Wake Up Dead: A Cape Town Thriller
Author(s): Roger Smith
ISBN: 0-8050-8876-8 / 978-0-8050-8876-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

January 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Wake Up Dead: A Cape Town Thriller (Cape Town Thrillers, 2)
Author(s): Roger Smith
ISBN: 0-312-68048-1 / 978-0-312-68048-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Wake Up Dead
Author(s): Roger Smith
ISBN: 1-84668-757-8 / 978-1-84668-757-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Serpents Tail
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Audio Editions

March 2021 : Audio CD
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Title: Wake Up Dead: A Thriller
Author(s): Roger Smith
Publisher: Tantor and Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon AU   


March 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Wake Up Dead: A Thriller
Author(s): Roger Smith
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   


March 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Wake Up Dead: A Thriller
Author(s): Roger Smith
ISBN: 1-4001-1629-5 / 978-1-4001-1629-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


March 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Wake Up Dead: A Thriller
Author(s): Roger Smith
ISBN: 1-4001-4629-1 / 978-1-4001-4629-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


March 2010 : Audio CD
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Title: Wake Up Dead: A Thriller
Author(s): Roger Smith
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


March 2010 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Wake Up Dead: A Thriller
Author(s): Roger Smith
ISBN: 1-4001-6629-2 / 978-1-4001-6629-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

December 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Wake Up Dead
Author(s): Roger Smith
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Wake Up Dead: A Cape Town Thriller (Cape Town Thrillers Book 2)
Author(s): Roger Smith
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA