Review: Mixed Blood – Roger Smith


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Serpent’s Tail, 2011. First published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC, New York in 2009. 306 pages. ISBN: 978-1-84668-758-7.

Jack Burn is a Desert Storm veteran. Deep in gambling debts, he takes part in a bank robbery that left a dead cop and three million dollars missing in Milwaukee. Under a fake identity he flees to Cape Town. Jack  wants to start a new life with his pregnant wife and young son. One evening their peace is broken by a random break-in. Benny Mongrel has been a witness. He’s an ex-con who works as a night watchman at a nearby building under construction. Benny knows who went into Burn’s house and what the American did to them. Inspector Rudy ‘Gatsby’ Barnard, a corrupt Afrikaner police officer, has found a car parked next door to Burn’s house. He suspects foul play and wants to take advantage of his finding. Meanwhile Special Investigator Disaster Zondi is striving to unmask Barnard and settle some old scores.

Sometimes I posted an entry before reading a book, to end up disappointed after having read it. Maybe my expectations were too high. Fortunately this was not the case with this book. Mixed Blood is Roger Smith debut novel, a solid and fast-paced thriller. The story line is well-structured and conveys a great sense of place. The characters, convincing and believable, are pretty well drawn. The harsh language and the extreme violence is never gratuitous. A terrific book. I’m quite sure this won’t be the only one of his books that I’m going to read. I have to thank Maxine and Mack for their excellent reviews, who have  encouraged me to buy this book and Rob for having reinforced my interest. Don’t miss it.

My rating: 5 out of 5.

Mixed Blood (2009), was published in six countries.  It won the Deutschen Krimi Preis 2010 in Germany and was nominated for a Spinetingler Best Novel award in the U.S. His second book, Wake Up Dead, was released internationally in 2010. Dust Devils, came out in June 2011. His latest book, Capture, is coming mid-2012.

Mixed Blood has been reviewed by Mack at Mack Captures Crime, Glenn at International Noir Fiction, Maxine at Petrona, and Rob at The View from the Blue House, among others.

Mixed Blood (Mestizo), de Roger Smith

Jack Burn es un veterano de la operación Tormenta del Desierto. Hundido en deudas de juego, participa en el atraco a un banco que se saldó con un policía muerto y tres millones de dólares desaparecidos en Milwaukee. Con una identidad falsa huye a Ciudad del Cabo. Jack quiere comenzar una nueva vida junto con su esposa embarazada y su hijo pequeño. Una noche, su paz se rompe por un robo casual. Benny Mongrel ha sido testigo. El es un ex convicto que trabaja como vigilante nocturno en un edificio cercano en construcción. Benny sabe quién entró en la casa de los Burns y lo que el estadounidense les hizo. El inspector Rudy ‘Gatsby’ Barnard un policía corrupto afrikaner, ha encontrado un coche aparcado junto a la casa de Burn. Sospecha que hay algo oculto y quiere sacar provecho de su descubrimiento. Mientras tanto, el investigador especial Disaster Zondi se esfuerza por desenmascarar a Barnard y saldar viejas cuentas.

A veces he publicado una entrada, antes de leer un libro, para acabar decepcionado después de haberlo leído. Quizás mis expectativas eran demasiado altas. Afortunadamente este no ha sido el caso con este libro. Mixed Blood es la primera novela de Roger Smith, un thriller sólido y trepidante. El argumento está bien estructurado y transmite un gran sentido del lugar. Los personajes, convincentes y creíbles, están muy bien dibujados. El lenguaje áspero y la extrema violencia nunca es gratuita. Un libro excelente. Estoy bastante seguro de que este no será el único de sus libros que voy a leer. Tengo que agradecer a Maxine y Mack por sus excelentes críticas, que me han animado a comprar este libro y a Rob por haber reforzado mi interés. No se lo pierdan.

Mi valoración: 5 de 5.

Mixed Blood (2009), fue publicado en seis países. El 2010 ganó el Deutschen Krimi Preis en Alemania y fue nominado al premio Spinetingler a la mejor novela en los EE.UU. Su segundo libro, Wake Up Dead, fue distribuído internacionalmente en el 2010. Dust Devils, se presentó en junio de 2011. Su último libro, Capture, saldrá a mediados de 2012.

9 thoughts on “Review: Mixed Blood – Roger Smith

  1. José Ignacio – Thanks for a fine review! I’m so glad you liked this as much as you did. Roger Smith certainly does have a lot of talent, and I’m glad he doesn’t disappoint here. I admit I haven’t read this one yet, but you have tempted me!

  2. So glad you liked this one, Jose Ignacio. It is a real scorcher, and with its very strong social element is so much stronger than other, more shallow, thrillers. Your review reminds me that I must get on and obtain Dust Devils which Mack recommends also.

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