Man Down

by Roger Smith


A guilty person is always his own hangman.

It’s ten years since businessman John Turner, his college professor wife and infant daughter fled violence-torn South Africa for a new life in Tucson, Arizona. A life that seems prosperous and peaceful until a home invasion plunges them into an orgy of bloodshed. As three masked gunmen terrorize the Turners, exposing the fault lines in a marriage built on a foundation of lies, John is forced to confront the truth about his complicity in an unspeakably brutal crime in Johannesburg a decade ago and ask himself a question: is it payback time?

Man Down is both a harrowingly propulsive thriller and a meditation on moral ambiguity and the roles choice and chance play in the shaping of a life.

Praise for Man Down

“Smith, without apology, confronts the ‘banality of evil’ dear to Hannah Arendt. He is a novelist-gunslinger unafraid to show the path to disaster.” Marianne Magazine

“Man Down, a thriller about violence and guilt, takes you by the throat like a cat takes a rat, and the reader will emerge with a renewed fascination with Smith’s kamikaze side.” LibĂ©ration

“Clever, dark and suspenseful.” Huffington Post


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Category: Mystery – Hard-Boiled