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"Bullets, Booze and Bastards"

Dust Devils by Roger Smith

ISBN: 9780989932332

Framed for murdering his family, journalist Robert Dell’s only ally is his oldest enemy: his father, an ex-CIA hitman with one last shot at redemption. Hunting the real killer, father and son take a bloody road trip into the heart of darkness, uncovering a conspiracy reaching to the highest levels of the state.

Raves for Dust Devils

“A painting in blood.”
—Lire Magazine

“[Roger] Smith has a unique ability to grab readers by the throat and plunge them headlong into the maelstrom unfolding in the clipped prose of his nightmare visions. A bloody, hair-raising revenge tale.”
—Andrew Donaldson – The Times

“Full of grit and violence at a pace that’s breakneck and touchingly human at the same time.”
—Detectives Beyond Borders

“Topping my list of favorite crime thrillers of all time.”
—Dave Zeltserman, author of Killer and The Caretaker of Lorne Field

“South Africa is the new wild-west, and Smith’s take-no-prisoners tours through the underworld just keep getting stronger—like Dutch Leonard on the far end of a crank binge.”
—Jedidiah Ayres – Barnes & Noble Favorite Novels 2011

“Roger Smith is the master of the coolly-described nightmare.”
—Marcus Müntefering – der Spiegel Crime Novels of the Month

“Master storytelling, a crime ride that is wildly dark, riveting and original, a combination that has catapulted Smith to the highest ranks of the crime-writing game.”
—Joanne Hichens – Cape Time

“It’s not often something so bleak can also be beautiful. Smith’s writing is a master class in how to create a novel that speaks to the reader on multiple levels, as well as how to infuse a work with a message without beating the reader over the head with it. Dust Devils is truly powerful writing.”
—Elizabeth A. White – Florida Times-Union

“The best crime fiction novel of 2011.”
—Crime Fiction Lover

“In the span of just three books Roger Smith’s prose has gone from spare and evocative to darkly lyrical. The story’s end is a sorrowful angel, breathtakingly cinematic on one level, and on another so personal that the reader’s heart bleeds. A brilliant work.”
—Naomi Johnson – the Drowning Machine Best Novels of 2011

“A tour de force of a chase-and-pursuit thriller. I would put Roger Smith in the same class as Elmore Leonard, he’s that good.”
—Mike Ripley – Shotsmag (UK)

“The lead character, Moses Inja Mazibuko, is as blood-thirsty as a novel will allow.”
—Africa Book Club – Best Novels of 2011

“Roger Smith is very, very good.”
—Criminal Complex

“We see South Africa through different eyes after this cold indictment. Death hangs over the country like the sun. A great thriller.”
—Holger Kreitling – Die Welt

“Romantics and sensitive souls beware, this is like a live grenade exploding amidst damaged lives and botched barbaric rituals. A brutally honest book.”
—Marianne Magazine (France)

“High octane action and dark as pitch. Highly recommended.”
—Brian Lindenmuth – Editor, Spinetingler Magazine

“Roger Smith writes about the reality of his country so violently and brutally that it is often unbearable. And so unbearably exciting that his books cannot be put down.”
—Christian Möller – 1LIVE

“Brilliant storylines and pace drive the novel from the beginning to the very last page.”
—Dietmar Jacobsen – Title Magazine

“Vivid descriptions of post-apartheid life in South Africa realistically capture the sinister dealings of the country’s dark underworld, and make for a thrilling read.”
—Candice Quinton – The Witness

“Smith brilliantly portrays the action scenes and excels in dialogue and incisive metaphors.”
—Les Echos (France)

“So painfully precise, lucid, compelling that you can’t help but read on.”
—Sylvia Staude – Frankfurter Rundschau

“Roger Smith has achieved what many writers strive for but very few attain: a compelling, high-octane page turner that also delivers writing of the highest quality. As a read, Dust Devils is as brilliant and blistering as the desert sun and leaves you with a burning thirst for more.”
—Craig Russell, author of the Fabel & Lennox thrillers

“Shocking, unsparing and very satisfying. Overlaying Roger Smith’s characteristic fast pacing and skillful application of violent action, is a sense of his anger at the corruption afflicting his country.”
—Mack Lundy – Mack Captures Crime

“Smith’s words will leave bruises throughout your endocrine system while pumping you up with page-turning prose. Call it pulp, hardboiled or crime fiction. I call it badass writing!”
—Frank Bill – Top 5 Novels of 2011

“Forget gloomy Scandinavians, Smith’s South Africa-set Dust Devils is the must read thriller of 2011.”
—Sean Black, author of Lockdown and Deadlock

“This is noir at its most brutal and honest.”
—Anthony Neil Smith, author of All the Young Warriors and Yellow Medicine

“One of the best noir thrillers of 2011. A must read!”
—Keith Rawson – Crimefactory

“It had me turning pages like it had me at gunpoint.”
—Chris Farnsworth, author of The President’s Vampire

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