Seven Days (Benny Griessel Series #3)

Seven Days (Benny Griessel Series #3)

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by Deon Meyer
     
 

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In Deon Meyer's Thirteen Hours, which won the Barry Award for Best Thriller in 2011, Cape Town homicide detective Bennie Griessel struggled to solve the murder of an American girl, find her missing friend, and avoid drinking again, all in a single day.

In Seven Days, Griessel is given another nearly impossible task. Two police officers have been

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In Deon Meyer's Thirteen Hours, which won the Barry Award for Best Thriller in 2011, Cape Town homicide detective Bennie Griessel struggled to solve the murder of an American girl, find her missing friend, and avoid drinking again, all in a single day.

In Seven Days, Griessel is given another nearly impossible task. Two police officers have been shot, and the department has received emails from the shooter alleging corruption and a cover up in a cold case. The shooter quotes scripture and threatens more violence until the cold case is solved.

The case in question is the murder of Hanneke Sloet, an ambitious lawyer stabbed to death in her luxury apartment. There's no apparent motive, no leads, and no promising forensic evidence. There's no sign of a struggle either; the front door to Sloet's apartment was not damaged, so Griessel is sure she either knew the killer, or the killer had a key. All in all, the original inspector seems to have done a thorough job, only to come up empty.

The one piece of evidence that Griessel finds promising is a set of provocative professional photos of herself that Sloet kept in her apartment. Perhaps jealous rage was the motive? Sloet's ex-boyfriend, who works at a vineyard making barrels, had the strength, the connection, and the access to the right type of blade, but he has an alibi that checks out.

And then, another cop is shot.

Pressure ramps up on Griessel, and on his feisty colleague, Captain Mbali Kaleni, who is hunting the shooter, trying desperately to find a connection to Sloet as the number of injured rise. The emails keep coming, and the shooter reaches out to the media. And then, as if Griessel's life isn't complicated enough, his girlfriend Alexa Bernard, a singer who was in Thirteen Hours, falls off the wagon herself thanks to the pressure of a big comeback concert.

Seven Days is another fantastic novel from Deon Meyer, one of international crime fiction's stars. He has won major awards and is gaining new fans here, as his Barry Award and successful tour for Thirteen Hours can attest. Seven Days is a completely gripping read, a brilliant amalgam of thriller and mystery.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Superior prose and characterization enable Meyer to make the most of a familiar plot device in his third crime thriller with self-loathing Cape Town homicide detective Benny Griessel (after 2010’s Barry Award–winning Thirteen Hours). Griessel, a recovering alcoholic assigned to the Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigations, looks into an e-mail threat to shoot a policeman every day until the murderer of Hanneke Sloet is caught, starting that very day with the nonfatal shooting of a constable in the leg. The anonymous e-mailer, who insists the authorities know why Sloet, an attractive attorney, was stabbed to death, demands that the 40-day-old case be reopened immediately. Griessel takes up this political hot potato of a case as more e-mail communiqués add to the mystery of the sniper’s motives. Meyer balances the personal and professional adroitly, with a solution reminiscent of Peter Lovesey at his twistiest. Agent: Isobel Dixon, Blake Friedmann Literary. (Sept.)
Booklist
“Vance confidently and skillfully controls the pressing pace and creates memorable voices for both major and minor characters in this densely populated crime thriller. . . . Recommend this audio based on strength of plot and Vance’s skillful delivery.”
Booklist

From the Publisher
“Deon Meyer takes listeners out of their comfort zones with this complex story of murder and revenge in modern South Africa. British narrator Simon Vance confidently takes on the challenge of delivering the intertwined stories.”
AudioFile

“Meyer’s writing is wonderful, as always, and his characters are so well drawn that the reader/listener gets to know them intimately. . . . [Vance’s] meticulous attention to getting each character’s voice just right, as well as keeping the voices consistent, make the listening experience breathtaking.”
Sound Commentary [starred review]

Sound Commentary
“A strong mystery.”
Kirkus

Kirkus Reviews
In Deon Meyer's previous mystery (Thirteen Hours, 2010, etc.), South African detective Benny Griessel had all of one workday to solve a murder. In this follow-up he's allowed a full week to find the killer of a glamorous lawyer, Hanneke Sloet. And given the number of leads and complications that keep turning up, he needs every minute he can get. At first, Griessel's department, a select team known as the Hawks, can find few clues in the Sloet case. And that's unfortunate, because an elusive sniper is so preoccupied with the case that he's shooting policemen and sending emails full of Biblical quotes and anti-Communist rhetoric. Stepping up the investigation, the Hawks discover the kinks in the victim's respectable life: She'd been negotiating a high-finance deal that may have involved the Russian Mafia; and she'd lately done a nude photo shoot after breast-enhancement surgery. Meanwhile, the list of dead and wounded cops piles up, and Griessel has good reason to suspect he might be next. Meyer is good with sexy plot complications, and the mysteries of Sloet's murder and the sniper's identity take interesting turns along the way. But the book's main strength is in its characters; as Griessel's colleagues include Vaughn Cupido, a hot-blooded "bad cop," and Mbali Kaleni, a strong policewoman who harbors an embarrassing secret from a recent Amsterdam trip (this too is revealed at book's end). Griessel himself is no typical action hero: A recovering alcoholic prone to self-doubt, he's fighting to get over his broken marriage and to build a new relationship with Alexa, a former pop star who's also in recovery. Griessel is flawed but likable, and his trials give a bittersweet edge to a strong mystery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802121745
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Series:
Benny Griessel Series, #3
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
634,864
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Deon Meyer is an internationally acclaimed, prize-winning author of seven crime novels, including Blood Safari, Thirteen Hours and Trackers. His books have been translated into twenty languages. He lives on the western coast of South Africa.

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Seven Days 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Benny Griessel is chosen to head up a task force to catch a perpetrator who has threatened to shoot a policeman every day [and has so far succeeded in doing so] until the murderer of an attractive woman attorney is captured. Benny of course is the iconoclastic recovering-alcoholic South African detective, now promoted to the exclusive Hawks of the South African Police Department. Through a series of emails, the shooter taunts the SAPD, often giving hints and quoting Bible verses. He tells them and the newspapers the SAPD knows who the murderer is. Unfortunately, they literally don’t have a clue. While Benny’s brief is to catch the lawyer’s murderer, separately, Mbali Kaleni, a member of the CATS [Crimes Against the State] team and another loner, is selected to catch the shooter. While they work independently, the cases are intertwined. Eventually, both learn the go-it-alone method is of no use, and teamwork is necessary, drawing on the entire resources of the department. Still, Benny relies on his intuition to guide his efforts. “Seven Days” is another fine example of the author’s perceptiveness and creative plotting. At the same time, his sensitivity to his characters, especially Benn’s penchant for alcohol and his shy courtship of a lady friend, is tender and insightful. Benny’s characters is further developed in the novel, both as a detective and, especially, as a person. Highly recommended.
mamamia More than 1 year ago
The books have their own flavor that makes you want to know Benny better, you wish him well, and the books are just plain entertaining which is all I ask
Anonymous More than 1 year ago