By Malla Nunn

Los angeles palabra «ex» marca los angeles vida de Emmanuel ­Cooper: ex soldado, ex oficial de l. a. policía judicial, ex hombre blanco. Para ganarse l. a. vida, Cooper se dedica a vigilar en secreto el sórdido puerto de Durban. Pero todo cambia cuando el brutal asesinato de un niño lo obligue a salir de entre las sombras y deba esquivar a l. a. policía para llevar a cabo su propia investigación extraoficial. En poco tiempo se producen otros dos asesinatos similares y Cooper se convierte en el crucial sospechoso. Se sumerge en los bajos fondos de Durban en busca de respuestas y descubre que los asesinatos son parte de una conspiración internacional por el keep an eye on político de Sudáfrica. Con l. a. presión de las nuevas leyes de ­segregación racial, deberá encontrar al asesino antes de que los angeles policía de Durban le cargue a él con l. a. culpa de esos crímenes.

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In der Zwischenzeit rief er seine Mails ab und sah, dass seine Tochter geschrieben hatte. Oh, Mist! Er spürte, wie Entsetzen in ihm aufstieg. Bitte, flehte er insgeheim, hoffentlich hat sie nicht abgesagt! Er öffnete die Mail. Daddy, Änderung des Treffpunkts: Bob’s Caff in der Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park. Bis später, Ally. Bob’s Caff? Bob’s Caff? In Finsbury Park? Was war denn nicht in Ordnung mit dem Tisch, den er im The Richoux reserviert hatte? Aber wenigstens hatte sie nicht abgesagt. Gott, warum sah er sie in der letzten Zeit so selten?

Für Oxford, gratulierte er sich selbst und genoss die beiden Silben in seinem Kopf. Aber – wie ein Kind zog er die Nase kraus – diese Bastarde. Grässliche Kerle. In Oxford war es wieder genauso wie im Kinderheim. Subtiler zwar, aber ich war trotzdem der Prügelknabe, der Außenseiter. Na ja, seht mich jetzt an. Ich bin wahrscheinlich wohlhabender als mein gesamtes College und all seine lebenden Alumni zusammen. Und wie viele Menschen auf dieser Welt hatten wohl schon – anonym – fast hundert Millionen Pfund für wohltätige Zwecke gespendet?

Aber Roddy antwortete nicht und ging einfach weiter. Schließlich gab Joe auf und blieb am Eingang zum Pier stehen. «, rief er klagend. Roddy fluchte, als der klapprige Ford Escort nicht ansprang. Schon zum dritten Mal drehte er den Schlüssel und lauschte dem Orgeln des Anlassers. Wieder klingelte sein Handy. « �Entschuldigung. « �Ah«, sagte Whitaker ernst. « Whitaker war Forschungsassistent am Institut für Meeressäugetiere. Sein wirklicher Name war Peter Grant, aber alle außer seiner Familie nannten ihn Whitaker, weil er angeblich dem Filmstar Forest Whitaker ähnlich sah.

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