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Read Some Tiny Snippets from Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

Broken MonstersLauren Beukes has been sharing snippets from her latest novel, the internationally praised Broken Monsters, on her community page on Facebook, along with photos from her research trip to Detroit where this novel is set.

“Kids can’t cope with the darkness, supposedly, but how else are we supposed to wrestle with it? How else are we supposed to prepare for the moment when you have to open the door not knowing what’s behind it,” reads one of the short excerpts from Broken Monsters.

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Mike Nicol Launches Killer Country at The Book Lounge (Videos)

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Killer CountryMargie Orford and WordestcDeon Meyer and Mike NicolMike Nicol launched his seventh novel, Killer Country, at Cape Town’s Book Lounge last week – and the cream of the city’s crime-writing crop was there to celebrate alongside him, including Deon Meyer, Margie Orford (both pictured at left), Jane Taylor and Sarah Lotz.

Nicol and Book Lounge proprietor Mervyn Sloman merrily tossed conversational daggers back and forth – it was all in good fun – on the nature of writing, crime writing, and, well, country music during their 45-minute chat. (Killer Country has a playlist. Better get to know it.) Here are four clips of some of the highlights – including a reading by Nicol.

We begin with Mike Nicol on the derivation of the phrase, “All protocol observed”:

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Next, Nicol shares some of his thoughts on style in crime writing:

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Nicol and Sloman address moral ambiguity in the personal situations of several of Killer Country‘s characters:

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Finally, Mike Nicol reads Killer Country‘s gripping opening scene:

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