Trackers

Trackers

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by Deon Meyer
     
 

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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

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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 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.

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.)
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.

From the Publisher
“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.”
Library Journal [HC starred review]

“Meyer’s ambition matches his execution in this brilliantly complex standalone thriller set in his native South Africa.”
Publishers Weekly [HC starred review]

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802119933
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.80(d)

Meet the Author


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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Trackers 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible book. Tracking what?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now I have to read other Deon Meyer books.
RplusR More than 1 year ago
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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maggy1122 More than 1 year ago
Found it less about tracking and more about the story which I did not find to be that interesting.
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booknookery More than 1 year ago
Didnt live up to the hype. Not terrible. Jusr okay.
dchambersig More than 1 year ago
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.