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7 Days (Benny Griessel) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Deon Meyer
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Deon Meyer's gritty crime novels [are] part police procedural, part political thriller and have, in Benny Griessel, one of the most appealing and humane of detectives ... It's an insight into how much of South African business works, a tale of shady foreigners, super-rich enablers and politicians translating their party connections into private wealth. But in the same way that he creates Griessel as much more than your cliched drunk detective with a good heart, Meyer paints the corrupt with a delicate brush ... What makes Meyer such a national treasure - and as good as anyone in the world - is that even if you have no knowledge or interest in South Africa's history or present, his books are compelling page-turners. Politics and race are just part of the intricately crafted superstructure bolted onto the rock-solid chassis of a top-quality crime thriller, driven by a writer with deceptive skill. Books Live (South Africa) The reader is plunged into a maelstrom of murder investigation, political corruption, racial tension and the clock is ticking for that all-too-human cop Benny Griessel who is also fighting his battle with alcohol on an emotional second front this time ... Deon Meyer is a top notch plotter and has created one of the best ensemble (and multi-racial) casts of any modern police procedural series. Shots Sleekly done crime fiction layered with the cultural complexities of the new South Africa. Booklist Superior prose and characterization ... Meyer balances the personal and professional adroitly, with a solution reminiscent of Peter Lovesey at his twistiest. Publishers Weekly How fulfilling the rewards are for those seeking crime fiction with real texture and intelligence ... The author presents an unsparing picture of social divisions in post-apartheid South Africa ... TRACKERS is a sprawling, invigorating and socially committed crime novel. Independent An ambitious, multi-threaded tale ... comprehensively pulling the reader into the melee of modern South Africa ... this is a book that tells a cracking story and captures the criminal kaleidoscope of a nation. Times Literary Supplement Meyer is the leading chronicler of South Africa, and his latest novel shows off his technical skill ... a dazzling performance. Sunday Times Books of the Year 2011 This year's great discovery: classy, edgy writing, subtly plotted and beautifully balanced between fast-paced action, pungent social comment and the process of investigation. Weekend Australian The Thriller Shot of the Year title goes to South African Deon Meyer for his superb tour-de-force TRACKERS which combines a spy plot worthy of Le Carre ("spy the beloved country") with several tense and violent criminal sub-plots and a complex and stunningly impressive narrative structure. All in all, a masterpiece of South African crime writing; which is rapidly proving to be the bench-mark of international crime fiction.' Shots This South African kind of crime is going global fast. TRACKERS shows why: three deftly-braided plot strands join political sophistication, strongly-drawn characters and a passionate concern with the Rainbow Nation's fate. i An unusually intriguing story about modern South Africa. Literary Review The book that stayed with me most from this year is Deon Meyer's TRACKERS ... a dazzling performance. Joan Smith, Sunday Times books of the year 2011 Critics were struggling to come up with new adjectives to praise the South African writer Deon Meyer's TRACKERS, a menacing tale of smuggling and disappearances on a sprawling canvas of post-apartheid South Africa. Independent Books of the Year The author is proclaimed to be "South Africa's answer to Stieg Larsson" in a banner headline on the cover. I wouldn't disagree with that. He is certainly as powerful a writer, although his style is slightly different, and considerably more complex ... this is one of the most absorbing crime stories you are ever likely to read. Shots Meyer's ambition matches his execution in this brilliantly complex standalone thriller set in his native South Africa ... 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. Publishers Weekly Starred Review 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 towards a climax with more than one surprise ... 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. Library Journal Starred Review Publishers and booksellers trumpet that "South Africa is the new Scandinavia" when it comes to crime writing and that Deon Meyer is "South Africa's Answer to Stieg Larsson". He's not; he's far better ... With TRACKERS I would suggest he has moved into the John le Carre class, and not simply because one of the plot lines is about the workings of a South African security department and the political in-fighting involved, but mainly because this is a book which is a great thriller and a fine novel of characterisation. Indeed, the cast of characters is diverse (morally as well as ethnically) but every single one is fully-formed and three-dimensional and they all play their parts in a complex triple-stranded plot. Shots Without doubt one of the brightest stars to emerge from the Southern African crime scene is Deon Meyer. A big, complex novel, it skilfully weaves together three separate storylines, and three different forms of crime-writing, into a cohesive and fascinating whole ... The result is a very powerful thriller that sweeps the reader up in its gritty portrayal of modern South Africa ... Meyer's mixture of compelling, believable characters, tense plotting and fascinating insights into the texture of everyday South Africa make TRACKERS one of the year's better crime novels. Canberra Times Being hailed as the finest novel yet from an author whose reputation is growing around the world. Deon Meyer, is building a steady collection of awards for his books and an international fan base. Hobart Mercury One of the sharpest and most perceptive thriller writers around Peter Millar, The Times, on DEVIL'S PEAK Far and away the best crime writer in South Africa Guardian on BLOOD SAFARI This guy is really good. Deon Meyer hooked me with this one right from the start. Michael Connelly on HEART OF THE HUNTER

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'How fulfilling the rewards are for those seeking crime fiction with real texture and intelligence ... The author presents an unsparing picture of social divisions in post-apartheid South Africa ... TRACKERS is a sprawling, invigorating and socially committed crime novel.' -- Independent 'An ambitious, multi-threaded tale ... comprehensively pulling the reader into the melee of modern South Africa ... this is a book that tells a cracking story and captures the criminal kaleidoscope of a nation.' -- Times Literary Supplement 'Meyer is the leading chronicler of South Africa, and his latest novel shows off his technical skill ... a dazzling performance.' -- Sunday Times Books of the Year 2011 'This year's great discovery: classy, edgy writing, subtly plotted and beautifully balanced between fast-paced action, pungent social comment and the process of investigation.' -- Weekend Australian The Thriller Shot of the Year title goes to South African Deon Meyer for his superb tour-de-force TRACKERS which combines a spy plot worthy of Le Carre ("spy the beloved country") with several tense and violent criminal sub-plots and a complex and stunningly impressive narrative structure. All in all, a masterpiece of South African crime writing; which is rapidly proving to be the bench-mark of international crime fiction.' -- Shots 'This South African kind of crime is going global fast. TRACKERS shows why: three deftly-braided plot strands join political sophistication, strongly-drawn characters and a passionate concern with the Rainbow Nation's fate.' -- i 'An unusually intriguing story about modern South Africa.' -- Literary Review 'The book that stayed with me most from this year is Deon Meyer's TRACKERS ... a dazzling performance.' -- Joan Smith, Sunday Times books of the year 2011 'Critics were struggling to come up with new adjectives to praise the South African writer Deon Meyer's TRACKERS, a menacing tale of smuggling and disappearances on a sprawling canvas of post-apartheid South Africa.' -- Independent Books of the Year 'The author is proclaimed to be "South Africa's answer to Stieg Larsson" in a banner headline on the cover. I wouldn't disagree with that. He is certainly as powerful a writer, although his style is slightly different, and considerably more complex ... this is one of the most absorbing crime stories you are ever likely to read.' -- Shots 'Meyer's ambition matches his execution in this brilliantly complex standalone thriller set in his native South Africa ... 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.' -- Publishers Weekly Starred Review '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 towards a climax with more than one surprise ... 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.' -- Library Journal Starred Review 'Publishers and booksellers trumpet that "South Africa is the new Scandinavia" when it comes to crime writing and that Deon Meyer is "South Africa's Answer to Stieg Larsson". He's not; he's far better ... With TRACKERS I would suggest he has moved into the John le Carre class, and not simply because one of the plot lines is about the workings of a South African security department and the political in-fighting involved, but mainly because this is a book which is a great thriller and a fine novel of characterisation. Indeed, the cast of characters is diverse (morally as well as ethnically) but every single one is fully-formed and three-dimensional and they all play their parts in a complex triple-stranded plot.' -- Shots 'Without doubt one of the brightest stars to emerge from the Southern African crime scene is Deon Meyer. A big, complex novel, it skilfully weaves together three separate storylines, and three different forms of crime-writing, into a cohesive and fascinating whole ... The result is a very powerful thriller that sweeps the reader up in its gritty portrayal of modern South Africa ... Meyer's mixture of compelling, believable characters, tense plotting and fascinating insights into the texture of everyday South Africa make TRACKERS one of the year's better crime novels.' -- Canberra Times 'Being hailed as the finest novel yet from an author whose reputation is growing around the world. Deon Meyer, is building a steady collection of awards for his books and an international fan base.' -- Hobart Mercury 'One of the sharpest and most perceptive thriller writers around' -- Peter Millar, The Times, on DEVIL'S PEAK 'Far and away the best crime writer in South Africa' -- Guardian on BLOOD SAFARI 'This guy is really good. Deon Meyer hooked me with this one right from the start.' -- Michael Connelly on HEART OF THE HUNTER

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Deon Meyer, Jahrgang 1958, Rugby-Fan und Mozart-Liebhaber, ist sozusagen der "Easy Rider" der südafrikanischen Literaturszene, ist sein Tagesjob doch der eines PR-Managers bei BMW Motorcycles. Seine melancholischen, sehr menschlich und weitsichtig geschriebenen Krimis brachten Meyer schnell eine begeisterte Leserschaft ein.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen atemlos 13. März 2013
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Deon Meyer praesentiert uns mal wieder einen fesselnden Plot im Licht und Schatten seiner geliebten und verfluchten Kap-Stadt.Unbedingt empfehlenswert, auch wenn man statt der Einfuehrung in die Regenbogennation Suedafrika in ihrer Widerspruechlichkeit schlichtweg einen handwerklich gut gearbeiteten Krimi sucht.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Spannend wie immer 31. Januar 2013
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Deon Meyer ist schon eine Klasse-Autor: spannende Handlung, gute Storyline. Nicht nur für Südafrika-Fans, aber für die besonders. Nachteil nur: Das Buch ist in einem Forma, das eigentlich nicht mehr die Bezeichnung "Taschenbuch" verdient hat. viel zu groß und unpraktisch.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Südafrika, wie es ist 13. April 2013
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Ein absolut spannend erzählte Geschichte. Für mich als "Südafrikakenner" doppelt ansprechend, da ich viele der Orte kenne und das Geschehen einordnen kann.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Griessel again 20. Dezember 2012
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Deon Meyer's characters are well portrayed. And as in every book he has written, there is always an underlying political issue which remains to be resolved.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen "Seven lonely nights make one lonely me." Song lyrics 25. August 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. This makes him more normal and makes us want to support his effort to get the job done.

The plot is complicated but well thought out. In addition, there is mounting suspense as Bennie tries to find Henneke's killer before more policemen are shot with the secondary story of trying to find out who the sniper is.

The story unfolds at a leisurely pace and this seems to represent life in South Africa. Underneath that relaxed pace is the heart pounding effort to find a killer and learn the motives of why someone would kill a person as well thought of as Henneke Sloet.

Definitely recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen ANOTHER EXCEPTIONAL POLICE PROCEDURAL FROM THE TALENTED DEON MEYER 1. August 2012
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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. Mbali too is insecure. She walks around all day with a chip on her shoulder and is easily affronted. When she is offended, no hostages are left standing by her tongue. Her colleagues make fun of her, but behind her back because Benny has faith in her -he respects her as a person and sees her talent as a detective.

In their own ways, both Benny and Mbali are outstanding detectives, who rise above their insecurities in pursuit of the criminal. Benny may not trust himself but he is a brilliantly intuitive detective, who worries through evidence looking for the one anomaly that leads him to perceive the crime differently when more methodical but less imaginative colleagues have given up. Having found some point that puzzles him, he pursues it with bulldog tenacity until he's found an answer to it. Mbali is less intuitive -no! not intuitive at all!- but makes up for it in sheer tenacity and thoroughness, going over and over the evidence until she too sees something in it that less diligent detectives have missed. She's no Sherlock Holmes, but her obsession with detail pays off in arrests.

Other members of the force chip in with their own contributions, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. One detective is a burnt out case, cashiered to a desk job as computer analyst after botching a big, highly public case. Another is a hot shot, over confident in his abilities, always jumping to conclusions. Others specialize in specific aspects of criminal investigation --a forensic pathologist, a gun expert, an expert on commercial crime. Still another, a good though unimaginative detective, is taken along on certain interviews mainly because he's black: it's best, in South Africa's hyper-charged multi-ethnic society, that Benny be seen accompanied by a black partner at times.
The result is a multi-layered crime story, with tension steadily ratcheting up, that not only tells a good story but enlightens the reader about the realities of working in a large police bureaucracy in a politically charged environment. Meyer is masterful at developing character. Benny and Mbali are deeply human people: you admire and root for them as the story unfolds. Oh yes, there's the faint outline of a captivating love story in this fine mystery as well.

Deon Meyer really is one of the best writers of crime fiction active today.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great Read 17. Oktober 2012
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A typical Deon Meyer thriller. Difficult to put down until you've finished it!

As a South African it's fascinating following the plot through familiar areas. Deon has researched his subject matter well.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Meyer's best so far 15. Oktober 2012
Von Daan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Meyer seems to have listened to some good advice, there are fewer sub-plots and the main plot moves rapidly and spellbindingly forward. Typical Meyer but his best so far.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen 7 DAYS 14. Oktober 2012
Von barnold - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It is actually my husband that reads all Deon Meyers books, he thinks he is a superb writer with and intriging mind.

The plot for "7 Days" is really enthralling, and he has thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Well done Deon.
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