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Thirteen Hours

Deon Meyer

8 Reviews

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

The finest novel yet from the undisputed king of South African crime writing.

Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger Award 2010.

They killed her best friend. Now they are chasing Rachel Anderson through the streets of Cape Town. The young tourist doesn t dare trust anyone except her father, back home in America. When he puts pressure on the politicians, they know that to protect their country s image, they must find Rachel s hiding place before the killers.

And so it is that detective Benny Griessel recovering alcoholic and a man way past his last chance has just 13 hours to crack open a conspiracy which threatens the whole nation.

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Praise for Thirteen Hours

  • This terrific, action-packed thriller has superbly drawn characters and an enthralling setting. Deon Meyer is one of the best crime writers on the planet. - Mail on Sunday

  • Deon Meyer is the undisputed king of South African crime fiction, and THIRTEEN HOURS demonstrates why. - The Times

  • South African thrillers arrive with racial baggage, and it's a mark of Meyer's talent to see just how well the issues are balanced with a smashing story. Imposing a strict time limit and a tight location on his plot, he ramps up the suspense to an unbearable degree. Best of all, his sharply drawn characters really feel part of the new South Africa, where loyalties and beliefs must always be questioned. - Financial Times

  • What makes this novel so outstanding is its setting... and Meyer's superlative talent for suspense... This is a vigorous, exciting novel that combines memorable characters and plot with edge-of-the-seat suspense. - The Sunday Times

  • Far and away South Africa's best crime writer - The Times

  • gripping and suspenseful crime novel set in a violent, post-apartheid South Africa - Culture Magazine (The Sunday Times)

  • A cracking read from one of Africa's finest - Shots ezine

  • One of the sharpest and most perceptive thriller writers around - Peter Millar, The Times, on DEVIL'S PEAK

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Deon Meyer

Deon Meyer lives near Cape Town in South Africa. His big passions are mountain biking, 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 twenty-eight languages.

THIRTEEN HOURS was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger and won the Boeke Prize in South Africa - the first time in the prize's 16 year history that a South African book has won. His novels have also won literary prizes in the USA, France, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, and the film rights to seven of his novels have been optioned or sold.

Deon has also written two television series, and several screenplays for movies. In 2013 he directed one of his original scripts for the feature film The Last Tango.

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