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ISBN: 978-0-9870347-6-2

Trim size: 230 x 150mm

Binding: paperback

Page count: 308 pages

Imagery: Black & white photographs

Cost: R325.00

Genre: Crime Thriller

Date of publication:  May 2013



A young man arrives in Jo’burg from a village in northern Mozambique and is conscripted into one of the city’s oldest organised crime syndicates.

Joao Mucavinho soon learns who really runs this bad city: who controls the money, the kwash, and the turn of the dice. But forces are gathering against his masters …

The city is on the brink of monumental changes: it is about to explode – and with it all the dreams, the lies and the power of the old order.

 It is a time of violent death, of survival, and an opportunity that only comes once.

Bad City is an African novel that is an exhaustive anatomy of crime set in what was once one of the world’s youngest and most dangerous cities.


Peter Morris

Peter Morris lived for most of his life in inner-city Johannesburg. In South Africa, he worked as a producer and writer in the film industry; as a teacher in various institutions, and as a commercial traveller in the optical industry. He lives with his family in Portugal where he works as a teacher and academic translator.