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Online Masterclass2019 and online fiction and non-fiction short courses for 2018
With colleague Claire Strombeck, Mike will be running another nine-month Masterclass during 2018. This will be the sixth class they have run. Of those who have been on the class, Marie Phalime published her memoir Post Mortem with Tafelberg in 2014 and was subsequently shortlisted for an Alan Paton Award; Qarnita Loxton published her novel Being Kari with Kwela to great acclaim in 2017 as did Jennifer Friedman her memoir Queen of the Free State (Tafelberg). In 2018, Modjaji are to publish Martina Dahlmann’s memoir provisionally titled A Person My Colour. On the award front, Melissa Volker won a debut Strelitzia Award in 2017 for her romance manuscript, Shadow Flicker.
Through PenguinRandomHouse and GetSmarter Mike will tutor on four creative writing short courses and a non-fiction narrative course during 2018. For more information visit the GetSmarter website. Click here for Creative Writing and here for Non-Fiction Narrative
2018: Korrupt (Agents of the State) out now in Germany, and Power Play published in March in France

Korrupt At number 2 on the KrimiBestenliste
WDR2 Krimitipp

TV option

The Capetown Revenge Trilogy has been optioned for television by Nadcon Germany through Tina Betts at Andrew Mann Ltd. The books, PAYBACK, KILLER COUNTRY and BLACKHEART are published in the UK by Old Street Publishing, and also published in South Africa, Germany, France and Holland. Nadcon’s CEO, Peter Nadermann was executive producer on several successful Scandinavian series including THE KILLING, THE BRIDGE and MODUS, and co-produced the film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” trilogy.

The latest Vicki Kahn and Fish Pescado

“…proves that Africa too can produce top-class thrillers” – The Times
“…more than a scurrilously entertaining roman-a-clef… both topical and compelling” – Barry Forshaw, The Guardian
“…outstanding…an immediate impact in a crowded genre” – Maxim Jakubowski, lovereadinguk
“…an intelligent, nuanced thriller that is bound to win Nicol a lot of new readers and maybe some awards.” Crime Fiction Lover
“…does not disappoint as a vibrant and visceral example of modern espionage fiction which roams effortlessly from Africa to Europe and back again.” – Mike Ripley, Shots Magazine
“This has to be one of the best books published by a local author this year, and having said that, it has international appeal because it is so skilfully written that you don’t have to be South African to get it.” – Jennifer Crocker, The Cape Times
With every book, Nicol increases in stature – and he didn’t start off from a low base.
“Staatsrotte is in alle opsigte ’n hoogtepunt in Nicol se oeuvre” – Jonathan Amid, Rapport
“…outstanding, entertaining and sometimes startlingly apposite…” – Jenny Crwys-Williams
“A clever, complex thriller… breathtaking…” – Joanne Macgregor, Sunday Times
“Great spy thriller…” – Tamara LP-Williams, Classic FM
“Met Staatsrotte doen Mike Nicol sy reputasie gestand as gesoute skrywer” – Cas van Rensburg, Die Burger
“Agents of the State … is a gritty detective-cum-spy novel that cuts scarily close to the bone of South African political corruption. It masterfully combines humour, suspense and catchy prose to confirm Nicol as world-class” – Karin Brynard, author of Our Fathers, Sunday Times
“Prescient…” – Sue Grant-Marshall, Radio Today
“The story comes straight out of today’s headlines, and ends in an explosive climax. It will grip you from page 1.” – Brian Joss, Cape Community Newspapers
“Die karakters is kleurvol en fassinerend, die intriges boeiend en die gebeure hou jou op die punt van jou stoel. Jy gaan ver soek vir meer aksie wat so boeiend geskryf is. Uitmuntend uit die Engels vertaal in Afrikaans deur Theunis Engelbrecht.” – Phyllis Green, Sarie
The Fish Pescado and Vicki Kahn series
Of Cops & Robbers
Agents of the State
Sleeper (forthcoming in 2019)
The Bishop Series
Killer Country
Black Heart
Power Play
Published in South Africa in English by Umuzi. Also in Afrikaans: Dieners & Donners (Of Cops & Robbers); Staatsrotte (Agents of the State); Woes (Power Play).
Published in the UK by Old Street Publishing.
Published in Germany by btb Verlag under the English titles except Bad Cop (Of Cops & Robbers), and Korrupt (Agents of the State).
Published in France by Ombre Noires (Payback as La Dette and Killer Country) and Editions du Seuil (Of Cops & Robbers as Du Sang sur l’arc-en-ciel) and Power Play forthcoming in 2018.
Published in Holland by De Geus under the English titles of the Revenge Trilogy except Power Play as Macht Vertoon.
The Vicki Kahn and Fish Pescado series

The Revenge Trilogy
Featuring Mace Bishop and Pylon Buso


Featuring Krista Bishop

The music of Killer Country
La playlist complète issue du roman de Mike Nicol, Killer Country, à paraître aux Editions Ombres Noires
Two hours of music by among others Lilium, Tindersticks, 16 Horsepower, M Ward, Willard Grand Conspiracy, Cowboy Junkies, Johnny Cash


The Black Heart trailer


Out to Score

with Joanne Hichens

EAN: 9781415200025
Purchase now

Out to Score was published in the US as Cape Greed under the pseudonym Sam Cole.