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“Sleekly done crime fiction layered with the cultural complexities of the new South Africa.”
Praise for Seven Days
“Sleekly done crime fiction layered with the cultural complexities of the new South Africa.”—Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist
“Superior prose and characterization Meyer balances the personal and professional adroitly, with a solution reminiscent of Peter Lovesey at his twistiest.”—Publishers Weekly
“A perfect example of why [Meyer] is, in my opinion, one of the very best crime fiction authors in the world today... Seven Days is a marvelous crime novel which must be a strong contender for best crime novel of 2012.”—Maxine Clark, Eurocrime
“Deon Meyer continues his string of superb, tightly constructed timeline thrillers. Coming on the heels of the breath-holding Thirteen Hours, Seven Days takes us into the heart of a major police hunt for a killer targeting policemen as he demands the investigation of a seemingly unsolvable cold case.”—Margaret Cannon, Globe & Mail
Praise for Deon Meyer
“Deon Meyer is one of the unsung masters.” Michael Connelly
“Meyer has a fine eye for people and places... Meyer is a serious writer who richly deserves the international reputation he has built.” The Washington Post
“If you haven’t read Deon Meyer yet, you’re missing out.” Mystery Fanfare
“If you want a glimpse of the soul of the new South Africa in all its glory, and with all the gory details of its problems and corruption, Meyer is your man.” The Guardian (UK)
“There have been other South African crime novelists, but none are as deft at place as Deon Meyer.” Globe and Mail (CA)
Posted September 4, 2012
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.
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Posted April 19, 2013
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 askWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 8, 2012
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