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Seven Days Hardcover – September 4, 2012

4.4 out of 5 stars 158 customer reviews
Book 3 of 5 in the Benny Griessel Series

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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)

About the Author

Deon Meyer is an internationally acclaimed, prize-winning author of seven crime novels, including Blood Safari, Thirteen Hours and Trackers. His books have been translated into twenty languages. He lives on the western coast of South Africa.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press; First Edition edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802120350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802120359
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,578,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By michael a. draper VINE VOICE on August 25, 2012
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Deon Meyer is a story teller. His descriptions of South African life and philosophy are vividly portrayed in "Seven Days."

Meyer isn't afraid to take on various aspects of South African landscape that other authors might hesitate to do. He digs into investments by black only owned businesses, politicians with links to the Communist Party and the difficulties seen by people fighting alcoholism.

The story begins with someone accusing the police department of a cover-up of the murder of Henneke Sloet-an attractive attorney who was stabbed to death in her luxury apartment.

South African homicide detective, Benny Griessel, is assigned to the case. He isn't sure where to start because the case seems to have no leads.

With the delay in the investigation, a sniper begins shooting policemen. The sniper sends an email to the police that he will continue to shoot police officers until they arrest the person who killed Sloet.

Benny is a member of the Hawks. This is an elite group of South African police officers who take on sensitive and high profile cases. He's a recovering alcoholic and, at the start of the case, is seeing a woman named Alexia. She is also an alcoholic who Benny is trying to help stay sober but his time spent on this case doesn't permit him the time to support her effort.

Benny's team learns that Henneke worked for a law firm that was involved in a major transaction with a black-only owned business. There are questions about the funding of this company and Benny's team investigates public pension funds and the manner in which members of their boards are selected.

Unlike many protagonists of police procedurals, Benny is a man with doubts about his abilities.
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My purpose here is simply to relate my very favorable reactions to this author’s books and how I think I came to them. The school of book reviewing that focuses on discussion of plot lines and characters portrayed is one I dropped out of long ago. I am now on my fourth Deon Meyer book and only with difficulty did I tear myself away to write this review. The three I have finished are Trackers, Thirteen Hours and Seven Days. There was no order in mind as I bought them. Each book so far has fitted neatly into either police procedural genre or the broad spy/thriller category. But Amazon lists for sale over 15,000 of the former type and 267,000 of the latter. So far, for my money, Deon Meyer ranks in the top 1% of the top 1% in both categories. Whatever differences separate the three I’ve finished so far, they all rate 5+ stars in both quality and pleasure afforded; they earn my strongest positive recommendation.

About thirty pages into to each of these books, I said to myself, “I haven’t read anything of this type so good in at least a year, not since the last one by …xyz”. And for each Meyer title a different favorite author came to mind. Meyer vies with Lee Child in creating vivid characters of simple, direct interest and gut-wrenching moral force and clarity. And for Child only Jack Reacher reaches this Olympian level; I can think of four such vibrant characters in my first three Meyer books, and any of them could (and I hope will) support a long-running series. The second author Meyer brought to mind is Michael Connelly and his Bosch books. The plotting in both men’s books is intricate but water-tight, with action tightly linked to characterization and details never flashy or implausible. The third writer Meyer’s books have evoked for me is Louise Penny.
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Seven Days is another exceptional crime thriller from the pen of the talented South African writer Deon Meyer. Meyer's series protagonist, homicide detective Benny Griessel, has been assigned the lead in solving the brutal murder of an ambitious lawyer, Hanneke Sloet, stabbed to death in her luxury apartment. It has been weeks since the murder. No progress has been made in solving it; it's a near hopeless case, even for a seasoned detective like Benny. Then a sniper shoots a policeman and emails the police department: unless the police stop their cover up and reopen the investigation of the Sloet killing, the sniper will shoot one policeman a day. And so two investigations proceed on separate tracks: the one is headed by Benny, into the cold case murder of Hanneke Sloet; the other, the department's feverish attempt to capture the sniper before he escalates from wounding policemen to killing them, is headed by Meyer's other series hero(ine), Mbali Kaleni.

Benny and Mbali serve on an elite national police task force called the DPCI (Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations), commonly referred to as "the Hawks." The sophisticated resources the Hawks bring to bear on such cases are welcome but neither Benny nor Mbali has much experience working on a team. Both, for different reasons, are lone wolves, most comfortable working on their own.

Benny's long history of alcoholism has left him insecure about his own worth as a detective, much less as a human being. His wife has divorced him and remarried. He worries about losing his children as well. Now he seems on the verge of involvement with a woman who has insecurities as deeply rooted as his. Like him, she is a recovering alcoholic\: their coming together is far from a recipe for success, at least not an easy success.
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