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Power Play: reviews and interviews

Jake Kerridge in the Express:  “There is a lot of excellent crime fiction coming out of South Africa at the moment and, although none of it is likely to be mistaken for a Miss Marple mystery, the other writers out there don’t quite seem to match Mike Nicol for grittiness. Uncompromising and unputdownable, this is a must-read.”
Lynn Harvey in Euro Crime: “By the end I was thinking its emotions, motives and gestures were on a Shakespearean scale. Absolutely. Nicol’s inspiration is Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus”. But this is not a casual rip-off. It is well crafted, well voiced, dark and thrilling. [...] “…a powerful, fast-paced, well-observed thriller set amongst the gangsters, businessmen and politicos of Cape Town. With its own blend of subtleties and vividly drawn characters POWER PLAY is an absolute recommend.”
Andrew Donaldson in The Sunday Times (SA): “Local crime seldom gets more hard-boiled …great dialogue and a cracking pace.”
Maxim Jakubowski in Lovereading: “…A savage slice of South African thriller of the darkest hue and confirms Nicol as the sole heir to that particular, invidious kingdom.”
Kirsty Lang (BBC): “Reading a gripping thriller Power Play by South African crime writer Mike Nicol.”
Mike Ripley in Shots Crime and Thriller Ezine: “… an absolute belter; a must-read for anyone who likes their fast-pace thrillers red in tooth-and-claw.
Samantha Gibb in CultNoise: “… packed with tension and intricacy.”
Cas van Rensburg reviewing Woes (the Afrikaans edition of Power Play) on Netwerk24: “It’s surprising how many good crime writers have suddenly appeared [in SA]…and often their books are better than those on the New York Times bestseller list.”
Jennifer Crocker in The Cape Times: “Power Play is pure magic for lovers of crime novels, seasoned with wise analysis of political power. A great read.”

Podcast interview with Sue Grant-Marshall on Radio Today
Podcast interview on BBC4 Frontrow.

Interviewed in The Big Thrill.
Some thoughts on Power Play posted in Crime Time.
On writing Power Play and some research distractions.


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