Reviews of my books

Here you’ll find some of the reviews each of my books generated:

(Newest reviews I could find are at the top; please feel free to let me know about your reviews, good or bad, which you want me to post)

“Kunzmann’s story makes its point by being in itself about as unpleasant as anything in this collection. He is clearly challenging his reader: if we don’t stop reading, we are complicit in the act of violence being perpetrated both on the victim and the reader… more– Sunday Independent

“Not since James McClure’s outstanding 1970s South African police series has there been this serious an attempt to revisit that culture. . . . A gritty exploration of South Africa’s dark heart. This outstanding novel is sure to win readers everywhere.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“The author does a fine job of depicting the city’s combustible mix of poverty, ignorance, intolerance, and crime, and the handful of brave men who seek to douse the flames when that mix ignites.” —Publishers Weekly

“Kunzmann’s debut is an impressive successor to James McClure’s apartheid procedurals.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Bloody Harvests is a dense and dark novel, filled with intensity, complex characterizations, and rich in sense of place of this fascinating
culture and country. It is a very good read, and is recommended.” – Crimespree magazine

“Kunzmann has a seasoned and individual voice.” —Publishing News

“A valuable addition to the South African canon . . . a brilliant first novel by an engaging author. It charts new ground for the thriller/crime genre in South African literature.” —The Cape Times

“A fast and grisly thriller . . . hails Kunzmann as an impressive new talent in this genre.” —The Sunday Times


5 Responses to “Reviews of my books”

  1. Charles Ingham Says:

    The obvious parallel is James McClure who I rate very highly. I have just finished “Salamander Cotton” which I picked up in Durban on a recent holiday in SA and Zim. Very good and engrossing if a little OTT in the ending perhaps, but a great crime novel. I shall find and read the others.
    My thanks and appreciation.

  2. richardkunzmann Says:

    Hi Charles,

    Gald you enjoyed the novel, and thank you very much for the support. As for the ending of Bloody Harvest, if you ever go back to South Africa and visit Jo’burg, make a point to find out about Ponte City – its a building with so many myths linked to it that only an OTT ending would do!


    All the best,

  3. Hi richard,
    gotta hold a presentation about your story “if nothing else” was desirée jacobs a white woman and do you have any comments on this story that make it easier for me to talk about it?
    i really enjoyed reading it, but don t know if there s any connection to south africa or if it s just a story that shouldn t have anything to do with south african postcolonial politics?!

  4. richardkunzmann Says:

    Hi there Anika,

    I purposefully avoided giving any clues to her a race, or Sam’s for that matter — and I think I might just go on doing that 😉

    I’ve found that there is the automatic assumption that modern SA crime is wrestling with a ‘post-apartheid’ or ‘post-colonial’ era, when in fact we’re dealing with so many other issues of equal importance. I feel at times there’s a measure of stereotyping going on, both in the South African and international media. With ‘If Nothing Else’ I wanted to focus on the nature of violence alone and get away from the social issues which I obviously address in my other work, so I removed any clues that could provide a context for Engels or Jacobs (slang, language, looks). I even picked those names specifically because they are so ambivalent. Engels, is a common Afrikaans and mixed race surname, though not English, even though the word “Engels” means “English” in Afrikaans. Similarly, Jacobs is common in mixed race surnames as well as Afrikaans surnames.

    So I’m not sure if it’ll help with your presentation, but I hope I’ve given you some deeper insight into the story!


  5. Thank you for responding so fastly. It ll help a lot!

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