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AWARD-WINNING CRIME FICTION WITH SOUTH AFRICAN SOUL Winner of the 2011 Boeke Prize in South Africa and shortlisted for the 2010 CWA International Dagger for Best Translated Crime Novel of the Year.

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AWARD-WINNING CRIME FICTION WITH SOUTH AFRICAN SOUL Winner of the 2011 Boeke Prize in South Africa and shortlisted for the 2010 CWA International Dagger for Best Translated Crime Novel of the Year.

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Deon Meyer lives in Durbanville in South Africa with his wife and four children. Other than his family, Deon's big passions are motorcycling, music, reading, cooking and rugby. In January 2008 he retired from his day job as a consultant on brand strategy for BMW Motorrad, and is now a full time author.Deon Meyer's books have attracted worldwide critical acclaim and a growing international fanbase. Originally written in Afrikaans, they have now been translated into several languages, including English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian, Finnish, Czech, Romanian, Slovakian, Bulgarian, Japanese and Polish.


This terrific, action-packed thriller has superbly drawn characters and an enthralling setting. Deon Meyer is one of the best crime writers on the planet. - Mail on SundayDeon Meyer is the undisputed king of South African crime fiction, and THIRTEEN HOURS demonstrates why. - The TimesSouth African thrillers arrive with racial baggage, and it's a mark of Meyer's talent to see just how well the issues are balanced with a smashing story. Imposing a strict time limit and a tight location on his plot, he ramps up the suspense to an unbearable degree. Best of all, his sharply drawn characters really feel part of the new South Africa, where loyalties and beliefs must always be questioned. - Financial TimesWhat makes this novel so outstanding is its setting... and Meyer's superlative talent for suspense... This is a vigorous, exciting novel that combines memorable characters and plot with edge-of-the-seat suspense. - The Sunday TimesFar and away South Africa's best crime writer - The Timesgripping and suspenseful crime novel set in a violent, post-apartheid South Africa - Culture Magazine (The Sunday Times)A cracking read from one of Africa's finest - Shots ezineOne of the sharpest and most perceptive thriller writers around - Peter Millar, The Times, on DEVIL'S PEAK

With five crime novels, from Dead Before Dying in 1999 to last year's Blood Safari, Meyer has firmly established an international reputation. His latest again describes the new South Africa, postapartheid, where everything is changing, including the police. Detective Inspector Benny Griessel, self-described dinosaur cop and alcoholic in sobriety day 157, is mentoring colored and black officers while dealing with two murders in one long day. Alexa Barnard, a former pop singer, wakes from an alcoholic stupor to find her famous husband shot dead on the floor beside her and the nearby gun. Rachel Anderson, an American teen touring Africa, frantically flees five pursuers chasing her through the streets of Cape Town after slashing her companion's throat. Griessel must juggle both cases, delegating most of the former to a colleague while trying to coordinate an increasingly desperate search for Rachel. VERDICT With lead characters developed through more than one book, a vividly drawn locale where political considerations affect everything, cliff-hanging suspense, and shocking plot twists, Meyer again has produced a winner. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/10; also previewed in "The New Noir," LJ 4/15/10.]-Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

In South African author Meyer's impressive second thriller to feature Cape Town Det. Insp. Benny Griessel (after Devil's Peak), which spans just 13 hours in a single day, Benny lands a pair of explosive cases: the gang slaying of an American tourist and the murder of the husband of a washed-up, alcoholic popular singer. After teenager Erin Russel turns up on the street with her throat cut, her traveling companion, Rachel Anderson, goes on the run. Rachel, who fears the police are connected to her friend's slaying, is trying to stay ahead of her pursuers without the help of the authorities. A few hours later, Benny interviews Alexandra Barnard about the death of her husband, Adam, a record company owner. Alexandra was found next to Adam's body and to the firearm used to kill him. While the windup doesn't match the pulse-pounding opening scenes, this crime novel does further enhance Meyer's reputation as a deft storyteller. (Sept.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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