Nominated for a 2013 Spinetingler Magazine Best Novel Award
IN A CITY WHERE THE LINES BETWEEN RICH AND POOR ARE DRAWN IN BLOOD, THE TRUTH IS JUST THE LIE YOU BELIEVE THE MOST.
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 CAPTURE
"A harrowing psychological page-turner. Gripping." THE TIMES
"A stark reflection on the insidious nature of guilt and grief. One of the most deeply satisfying books I've read this year." ELIZABETH A. WHITE - FLORIDA TIMES-UNION
"A brutal, bloody portrait of a broken society." DIE WELT (Germany)
"The plot is operatic in its violence and tragedy and the characters are heartbreakingly real and immensely flawed." PETE DRAGOVICH - SPINETINGLER MAGAZINE
"Violent, chilling and as black as sin. Smith is a master of suspense." THE WITNESS
"One of the most powerful reads you will find this year. Unmissable." CRIMESQUAD
"A chilling read written with great power." SHOTSMAG
"The Best Crime Novel of 2012." BENOIT LELIEVRE - DEADEND FOLLIES
"Excellent. Nobody can peel back the layers of damaged people and, indeed, a broken society, so poetically." CRIME FICTION LOVER TOP 5 Crime Novels of 2012
"Murder, drugs, blood and horror are described in a style reminiscent of Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness'." GöTTINGER TAGEBLATT (Germany)
"Painfully realistic. Smith masterfully delves into the psychology of Cape Town like no other crime writer. Read it if you dare." MELANY BENDIX - THE BIG ISSUE, CAPE TOWN
"A terrifying indictment of South African society." BUSINESS DAY
"Sends chills down your spine." THE CITIZEN
"Filled with dangerous, flawed people and dark delights." JACK KETCHUM, 4x Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE GIRL NEXT DOOR & THE WOMAN
"What neo-noir is all about: the same twisted, desperate characters found in original noir plus the faster pace and action found in thrillers. Tension ratchets up to a shattering and satisfying denouement." NAOMI JOHNSON - THE DROWNING MACHINE
"A masterful thriller." SONNTAGSZEITUNG (Switzerland)
"Magnificently written. High volatge!" - OÖN (Austria)
"The best thriller I've read this year. " MARTIN STANLEY - THE GAMBLERS BLOG TOP 5 Novels of 2012
"A raw, emotional, intimate psychological thriller. One of my top books of 2012." MACK LUNDY - AFRICA SCREAMS
"Riveting. It features one of Smith's most fascinating creations: Vernon Saul, a character full of self-loathing, venom and rage." DAVE ZELTSERMAN, author of SMALL CRIMES & MONSTER
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
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Roger Smith's thrillers CAPTURE, DUST DEVILS, WAKE UP DEAD, MIXED BLOOD & ISHMAEL TOFFEE are published in seven languages. He also writes horror under the pen name Max Wilde.