Roger Smith

Dust Devils was nominated for a Spinetingler Award: Best Novel. It also made the Top 10 of 2011 lists of The Barnes & Noble Book Club, Grift Magazine, Detectives Beyond Borders, The Drowning Machine, African Book Club and CrimeFictionLover (the book of the year), was a Der Spiegel magazine thriller of the month in June 2011 and was named top crime novel of July 2011 by the influential KrimiZeit 10 Best List, (selected by 17 German, Swiss & Austrian crime fiction critics) and was one of the French Lire Magazine’s 10 Best of 2013. and was one of Lire Magazine’s 10 Best Crime Novels in France in 2013.

To avenge what he loves, he becomes what he hates . . .

Framed for murdering his family, South African journalist Robert Dell's only ally is his oldest enemy: his father, an ex-CIA hitman with one last shot at redemption. Hunting the real killer, father and son take a bloody road trip into the heart of darkness, uncovering a conspiracy reaching to the highest levels of the State.


"Smith has a unique ability to grab readers by the throat and plunge them headlong into the maelstrom unfolding in the clipped prose of his nightmare visions. A bloody, hair-raising revenge tale." The Times

"Smith’s take-no-prisoners tours through the underworld just keep getting stronger - like Dutch Leonard on the far end of a crank binge." Barnes & Noble Favorite Novels 2011

"Roger Smith is the master of the coolly-described nightmare." Der Spiegel Crime Novels of the Month

"A painting in blood." Lire Magazine (France) 10 Best Crime Novels of 2013

"Master storytelling, a crime ride that is wildly dark, riveting and original, a combination that has catapulted Smith to the highest ranks of the crime-writing game." Cape Times

"It’s not often something so bleak can also be beautiful. Smith’s writing is a master class in how to create a novel that speaks to the reader on multiple levels, as well as how to infuse a work with a message without beating the reader over the head with it. Truly powerful writing." Florida Times-Union

"The best crime novel of 2011."

"In the span of just three books Roger Smith's prose has gone from spare and evocative to darkly lyrical. The story's end is a sorrowful angel, breathtakingly cinematic on one level, and on another so personal that the reader's heart bleeds. A brilliant work." The Drowning Machine Best Crime Novels of 2011

"A tour de force of a chase-and-pursuit thriller." Shotsmag

"The lead character, Moses Inja Mazibuko, is as  blood-thirsty as a novel will allow."  

Africa Book Club Best Novels of 2011

"Full of grit and violence at a pace that's breakneck and touchingly human at the same time." Detectives Beyond Borders Best Books of 2011

"Roger Smith is very, very good." Criminal Complex

"We see South Africa through different eyes after this cold indictment. Death hangs over the country like the sun. A great thriller." Die Welt

"Romantics and sensitive souls beware, this is like a live grenade exploding amidst damaged lives and botched barbaric rituals. A brutally honest book." Marianne Magazine (France)

"Vivid descriptions of post-apartheid life in South Africa realistically capture the sinister dealings of the country’s dark underworld, and make for a thrilling read."

The Witness

"Brilliant storylines and pace drive the novel from the beginning to the very last page." Title Magazine

"Smith brilliantly portrays the action scenes and excels in dialogue and incisive metaphors." Les Echos (France)

"So painfully precise, lucid, compelling that you can’t help but read on."

Frankfurter Rundschau

"Roger Smith writes about the reality of his country so violently and brutally that it is often unbearable. And so unbearably exciting that his books cannot be put down." 1Live

"Fascinating and daunting. A great noir novel set in the heart of darkness." Huffington Post Quebec