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Reviews: Out to Score

‘…a tightly woven narrative whose several strands that are intertwined with the diverse racial and political strands of contemporary Cape Town and move forward quickly and inexorably toward confrontations that manage to avoid the usual cliches’ – International Noir Fiction
‘…a hard-boiled PI tale [...] combines the street smarts of Elmore Leonard with [...] gritty depictions of South Africa’s criminal culture’ – a starred review in the Library Journal
‘…a sizzling slice of South African noir’ – Kirkus Review
‘…an accomplished page-turner [...] the prose clipped, the action fast – Publishers’ Weekly

Out to Score is a fast-paced, dirty-talking, street-wise page turner … as nasty a cast of villains as one could wish for and, in the end, two rather likeable heroes – Michiel Heyns, <i>Sunday Independent</i>
At last, a hard-boiled detective novel that does for Cape Town what Carl Hiaasen has done for Miami – Chris Roper, Marie Claire
Mendes and Saldana are going places, right to the top of the bestseller lists. And I can’t wait for the next one – Brian Joss, Plainsman
Miskien is Nicol ons antwoord op Graham Green, ‘n skrywer wat daarin kon slaag om ‘n ernstige roman uit hierdie sub-genre na vore te bring – Joan Hambidge, Die Burger
South Africa joins the hard-boiled stakes, and in a wondrous dazzling humorous novel.  Imagine Ellroy joining forces with Chester Himes, Coffin Ed, and Gravedigger, throw in the spectacular landscape of South Africa, and you’ll get some sense of this wild and daring novel.  One prays this is the first in a series – if Tom Sharpe wrote mystery, this would be it – Ken Bruen
Out to Score is a wild, dark, violent, and exotic brew of weary PIs, drug-addled poachers, and master criminals in modern-day Cape Town written by hard-boiled disciples of Elmore Leonard and Ken Bruen.  Completely original and appealing – C J Box
A knockout debut. South African authors Nicol and Hichens write better American-style crime fiction than the Americans, capturing the disenfranchised detective with freshness and style. Trust me: this is a rare reading pleasure – April Smith


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