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Dead at Daybreak

Deon Meyer

7 Reviews

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Fiction, Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense, Fiction in translation


An antiques dealer is burned with a blowtorch and executed with a single shot to the back of the head. The only clues at the scene are a scrap of paper and an unusual choice of gun.

Ex-cop Zatopek 'Zed' van Heerden has just seven days to solve the case - an almost impossible task made even harder when he discovers that, until a few years ago, there was no proof that the victim even existed . . .

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Praise for Dead at Daybreak

  • Deon Meyer recreates the beauty, wildness, and danger of modern Africa with an immediacy and force no other writer has achieved - Sunday Telegraph

  • If DEAD AT DAYBREAK is anything to go by, we are seeing the rise of a major new, international writing talent. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. - Big Issue

  • A highly entertaining, page-turning transposition of the American private eye genre to an exotic and vibrant setting . . . a terrific new talent. - Irish Independent

  • DEAD AT DAYBREAK is a gripping read with a flawed but human protagonist who invites our compassion. The brutal terror of the hunt that develops is matched by the compulsive but increasingly ominous revelations of van Heerden's past transgression. This is the second novel by South African Deon Meyer, a fresh voice and a compelling storyteller. - Manchester Evening News

  • A breathtaking pace, heart-pounding action set against a psychological backdrop, and a fascinating protagonist makes this book a winner. - Library Journal

  • South African crime writer Meyer's expertly crafted second thriller confirms his place as one of the genre's finest new stylists. This is a remarkable achievement from a singular new talent. - Publishers Weekly

  • Meyer manages to ratchet up the tension so effectively that readers will have a hard time decideing which mystery they wish

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Deon Meyer

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.

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