Trackers

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Lemmer’s first rule is: “Don’t get involved.” A highly skilled bodyguard with a violent, criminal past, he has settled into a quiet life in Loxton, South Africa, where the rural tranquility has helped to calm his explosive temper. But when a wealthy farmer asks for his help in smuggling a pair of rare black rhinos out of Zimbabwe (where they are murdered for their horns), he has a hard time saying no. Before he knows it, Lemmer is on a small airplane, zipping across the border, an airsickness bag in his hand and...
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Overview


Lemmer’s first rule is: “Don’t get involved.” A highly skilled bodyguard with a violent, criminal past, he has settled into a quiet life in Loxton, South Africa, where the rural tranquility has helped to calm his explosive temper. But when a wealthy farmer asks for his help in smuggling a pair of rare black rhinos out of Zimbabwe (where they are murdered for their horns), he has a hard time saying no. Before he knows it, Lemmer is on a small airplane, zipping across the border, an airsickness bag in his hand and a military-grade shotgun at his feet. Soon, he will regret the trip very much.

In Trackers, internationally-acclaimed thriller writer Deon Meyer expertly weaves together Lemmer’s story with a missing person investigation and the machinations of a top intelligence agency. Wielding a phenomenal cast of characters, Meyer delves deep into the people, the breathtaking landscapes, and the politics and problems of this fascinating country. A #1 best-seller in South Africa, Trackers is an insightful novel that will take your breath away.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Meyer's ambition matches his execution in this brilliantly complex stand-alone thriller set in his native South Africa. In 2009, Janina Mentz, director of the Presidential Intelligence Agency, is disturbed by rumors that her agency, a creation of a prior administration, will be folded into a new, consolidated national intelligence bureaucracy. Desperate to guard her turf, Mentz banks on information about an Islamic terror plot to preserve the PIA and her job. Her plan to thwart the terrorists and bulletproof her agency by showcasing its utility involves using Milla Strachan, an unemployed woman who's just left her husband, as a researcher. Meanwhile, the efforts of bodyguard Lemmer, who played a key role in Blood Safari, to smuggle endangered black rhinos out of Zimbabwe lead to unexpected trouble. Few readers will anticipate exactly how the separate plot strands will be resolved. This powerhouse read, which captures the many facets of modern South Africa, should be the American breakthrough book this talented author deserves. (Sept.)
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Praise for Trackers

One of Kirkus Reviews Best Thrillers of the Year

“In his seventh novel, the king of South African crime fiction outdoes himself, packing in enough plot to power three separate novels. … Aside from masterfully juggling intricate plot details and ripping off some bloodcurdling action scenes, Meyer lays bare more ruthlessly than ever before the chaos that lurks beneath South Africa’s new identity ... Meyer has few equals when it comes to combining biting social critique and riveting action scenes. —Booklist (starred review)

“Meyer’s ambition matches his execution in this brilliantly complex standalone thriller set in his native South Africa. … This powerhouse read, which captures the many facets of modern South Africa, should be the American breakthrough this talented author deserves.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Award-winning crime fiction author Meyer demonstrates his superb gift for bringing together several disparate plots, striking characters, and vividly drawn scenes of contemporary South Africa, all roaring toward a climax with more than one surprise. … page-turning suspense and riveting mystery. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“In his native South Africa … Meyer is a bigger hitter than his namesake Twilight author, whom he jokes is his cousin. His books regularly slay the vampire romances in the charts, with their gritty realisations of the seamier side of South African life.”—The Bookseller

“The ‘King of South African Crime’ has spun another intricate tale of intrigue, adventure, and crime.”—Deadly Pleasures

“Meyer’s punch lies in the authenticity and depth of his characters. And he has his finger on the pulse of modern South Africa. This is what makes Trackers a winner.”—Die Volksblad (South Africa)

“A cleverly constructed story – and a great adventure.”—Beeld (South Africa)

“This is a book you can only put down with great difficulty.”—Die Burger (South Africa)

"Trackers is technically probably the most challenging an author can attempt. But Meyer does it with consummate ease. With this book, I truly believe, he has now risen head and shoulders above what has been done in the crime genre internationally.”—Rapport (South Africa)

"[A] brilliant and intricately plotted thriller far beyond ordinary genre fiction. Trackers is an ambitious novel that opens a window into the people, the problems, and the landscapes of South Africa. Tense action scenes, unrelenting suspense, and a phenomenal cast of characters ranging from farmers and conservationists, to outlaws and intelligence agents, make it abundantly clear why Mr. Meyer has been crowned the 'King of South African crime.'"—New York Journal of Books

"A boon for the mystery/thriller connoisseur weary of the same old … backdrop, Meyer’s South Africa is palpable, a world at once achingly beautiful yet torn still by deep-seated racial hatred and injustice. … Trackers is a thick, meaty mystery … full of twists and subplots.”—Shelf Awareness

"In the second decade of the 21st century, some of the most compelling contemporary crime-fiction novels are either set in or coming from Africa. Much as Scandinavia became associated with the genre a few years back -- thanks in large part to Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy -- Africa may become a new capital of literary crime. … Just as the works of James Ellroy and Carl Hiaasen dig beneath the glitter and glamour of Hollywood and South Beach, respectively, to reveal a nasty, fetid underside, [Trackers goes] beyond nightly news pictures of deprivation and desperation."—Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"An action-packed story that embraces the full problems, rough landscape and diverse peoples of South Africa."-The Lincoln Journal Star

"Once again, Deon Meyer creates a vivid and sometimes frightening look at life in contemporary South Africa, which serves as the background for a real can’t-put-it-downer of a thriller. In the course of his six previous novels, each of which has been more exciting than the previous one, he has continued to expand his plotting and characters. This is his most complex and intricate novel yet, filled with twists and ironies and a series of surprises in the conclusion that make it all work."—Mary Whipple, MaryWhippleReviews.com

"[Meyer's]outdone himself in Trackers, which is certain to top any mystery reader’s best-of-2011 list. This riveting tale has everything from a pair of rhinos to a coven of spies... You will not stop reading this book from the opening line: “Some days leave no tracks …” to the final word." --The Globe and Mail (Canada)

“Splendid… Astutely drawn… Trackers is a sprawling, invigorating and socially committed crime novel.”—Barry Forshaw, The Independent (UK)

Library Journal
Award-winning crime fiction author Meyer demonstrates his superb gift for bringing together several disparate plots, striking characters, and vividly drawn scenes of contemporary South Africa, all roaring toward a climax with more than one surprise. Milla Strachan, a discontented, fortyish housewife with journalistic yearnings, leaves her suburban family and takes a job writing security reports for the secretive Presidential Intelligence Agency. She becomes involved with a man who is being chased by her bosses and the CIA as a murderer and possible terrorist. Meanwhile, Lemmer, a professional bodyguard last seen in Blood Safari, is fighting gangsters while inadvertently smuggling black rhinos. Muslim terrorists lurk in the background of both plots. Elsewhere, Mat Joubert, a cop from Dead Before Dying who is now in private security, seeks a missing husband and a pile of money. VERDICT With a fine eye for detail, an unflattering image of South African culture, and clear sympathy for the downtrodden, Meyer still never loses his focus on page-turning suspense and riveting mystery. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 4/4/11.]—Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
Kirkus Reviews

Oh, what a tangled web those rhinos weave: South African mystery maven Meyers returns with a complex tale of intrigue and mayhem most satisfying.

Lemmer, the taciturn Afrikaner bodyguard whom we last saw inBlood Safari(2009), has a cardinal rule: Don't get mixed up in things. He might have known better, then, when he allows himself to get caught up in a snarled plot to smuggle black rhinos out of Zimbabwe, where they will be slaughtered so that their horns can go to make human-male-enhancing products for the Asian market. It's a noble enterprise, but as Lemmer well knows, no good deed goes unpunished, and no sooner does the operation embark than do things begin to unravel. Meanwhile, back in South Africa, a 40-something woman named Milla Strachan discovers, finally, that her husband is a right bastard, a "covert racist, bemoaning his lot in front of his son: 'Now we have to come home to a bloody black.' " The bloody black in question would be the maid who now tends to husband and offspring, since Milla has had enough of their abuse and has found a new home—and, more important, a new job working as an analyst for a shadowy government organization. Shift the focus a touch, and players in a cat-and-mouse game of terrorism and counterterrorism enter into the picture: al-Qaeda operatives on one hand, bureaucrats fearful of being made redundant in a downsizing of the post-apartheid security forces on the other. Meyer's carefully plotted narrative is multilayered and rich in detail, and it's to his credit that he is able to pull these separate, seemingly unrelated threads into an a-ha conclusion. In the end, it's about smuggling, killing, and other crimes, but also about the quotidian sins of racism, fear, aloofness, self-interest and mistreatment of others—in short, the ordinary human failings as well as their spectacular transgressions.

A first-rate thriller; a touch slow to get going, but hard to apply the brakes to once it gets rolling.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802145932
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 529,451
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 1.91 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

SIMON VANCE is a prolific and popular audiobook narrator and actor with several hundred audiobooks to his credit. An Audie® Award-winner, Vance was recently named "The Voice of Choice" by Booklist magazine.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

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    This is an excellent South African thriller

    In 2009 in South Africa, Presidential Intelligence Agency Director Janina Mentz fears the persistent rumors that her agency will be eliminated by placing it inside the national intelligence. Not wanting to lose her position of stature or PIA's professional mission to bureaucrats, Mentz believes her units work on Islamic terrorist activity will save the agency's independence and subsequently her job.

    Mentz hires fortyish Milla Strachan who left her family to conduct research; the suburban housewife and mom has a lover that her employer and the CIA want to question. Lemmer the bodyguard (see Blood Safari) battles gangs while smuggling valuable rare black rhinos out of Zimbabwe. At the same time former cop Mat Joubert (see Dead Before Dying) investigates a missing husband case. All come together in a case of trouble.

    This is an excellent South African thriller that brings to life the country and to a degree Zimbabwe. The story line is action-packed and fast-paced, but the stunner is how cleverly Deon Meyers merges his seemingly diverse subplots into a taut tale. With a strong cast, Trackers is a winner.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    Terrible

    Terrible book. Tracking what?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Outstanding

    Now I have to read other Deon Meyer books.

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

    Mixed opinion The book has three distinct threads each with its

    Mixed opinion

    The book has three distinct threads each with its own main character. The book opens as a spy thriller focusing on what had been an undistinguished housewife getting herself mixed up in a high stakes espinoge plot. (Somewhat akin to Hitchock having an ordinary person suddenly finding him/herself involved in a game of international intrigue.) Meyer interupts this plot line with a second about a street wise tough who is hired by a somewhat mysterious character to guard the transport of a pair of endangered black rhinos to his ranch. After returning to the first plot line, Meyer then changes course again and end the book with a narrative about a recently retired police investigator on his first case working for a private investigative firm. He is assigned to a case in which a woman is trying to learn how and why her husband suddenly disappeared.

    What unites the book is that all three plot lines, in some way, involve "trackers." Each story is in itself interesting, often intense. The individual stories each become page turners. The negative is that the three plot lines only tie together very loosely, even at the end. (There are actually two mysteries in the final plot line: (1) What happened to the woman's husband and (2) what does any of this have to do with the rest of the book?)

    While I enjoyed each section of the book, personally I would have preferred a bit more total unity. The book is still very much a fun read, but I also was left with a bit of a disappointed feeling at the end.

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    Not as good as I thought it would be

    Found it less about tracking and more about the story which I did not find to be that interesting.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Good Read, but...

    Easy to read and kept my interest but the two plot lines seem to be disconnected. Haven't finished reading this book. I've been looking for the plot line in the first half of the book to be resolved. Maybe it will be in the final 100 pages but I keep wondering if and when the author will get back to it and it has distracted me from totally focusing on the second half of the book.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

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    Just okay

    Didnt live up to the hype. Not terrible. Jusr okay.

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