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Seven Days Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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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)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a fan, this is the second Deon Meyer book I've read, and I will be sure to read each and every one of his books.Published 2 months ago by H Davy
The beginning of book was terrific. Fast moving and tense with interesting characters. I gave it four stars because I think it went on a bit long and bogged down a bit about two... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tony Reiter
Very hard to contact you and get answers, ie, why can t i download Deon Meyers books in french on my kindle, you have so many different contact details and email addresses, its a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The story starts off fairly humdrum but builds up to where it is hard to leave the read and keeps the reader guessing to the end.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another solid entry in the series. As always, he does a good job of winding the tension machine up and letting it play out amongst various plot threads, with the usual mix of solid... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sailor Al
Deon Meyer has the uncanny ability to weave a story together in such a way that you are taken into the plot in totality. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Marcel Langerman