Thirteen Hours

Thirteen Hours

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Winner of the Barry Award for Best Thriller [2011]
Winner of the 2009 ATKV Prize for Suspense Fiction (South Africa)
Finalist for the 2010 CWA International Dagger
Shortlisted for thenbsp;2011 Boeke Prize
Shortlisted for the 2011 Sunday Times Fiction Award
Finalist for the 2011 Macavity Award--Best Mystery Novel
Finalist for the 2011 Barry Awards--Best Thriller
FINALIST 2012 - Dutch Crimezone Thriller Awards

An unputdownable thriller from South Africa's #1-bestselling crime writer.

Some would call Detective Benny Griessel a legend. Others would call him a drunk.

Either way, he has trodden on too many toes over the years ever to reach the top of the promotion ladder, and now he concentrates on staying sober and mentoring the new generation of crime fighters -- mixed race, Xhosa and Zulu. But when an American backpacker disappears in Cape Town, panicked politicians know who to call: Benny has just thirteen hours to save the girl, save his career, and crack open a conspiracy, which threatens the whole country.

A potent, suspenseful thriller, and a brilliant portrait of life in the country that will host the 2010 World Cup.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2010
ISBN: 9780307374295
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Seegers, K. L.

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May 31, 2017

"Thirteen Hours" is a classic page-turner...some of the best crime thriller writing around today. Highly recommended.

Dec 17, 2013

I read this entire book on the edge of my seat. Great suspense. The setting in post-apartheid South Africa gave the plot more depth than your average thriller/suspense type novel.

sit_walk Feb 04, 2013

Really nice thriller -- well-written and insanely paced!

JCLJanineM Oct 27, 2010

Sometimes you know when you read the first page of a book that it’s going to be a great read. "Thirteen Hours" by Deon Meyer is just that—a thrilling police procedural that is difficult to put down.

The story opens with Rachel Anderson, an American teenager, running for her life down the streets of Cape Town, South Africa, chased by five men who have just slit the throat of her best friend, Erin Russel. How did their backpacking trip of a lifetime all go so wrong? Detective Inspector Benny Griessel, a recovering alcoholic separated from his wife, has been assigned to oversee the unseasoned detectives investigating Erin’s death and to find and save Rachel from the same fate.

At about the same time, in another part of the city, the famous Afrikaans music producer, Adam Barnard, is found dead in his library. Lying nearby, awakened from her drunken sleep by the housekeeper’s screams, is his wife, Alexandra, with a pistol on the floor beside her. Now there are two murders to investigate but no additional detectives. And Rachel’s time is running out; Benny knows she can’t evade her pursuers much longer.

"Thirteen Hours" is a breakaway entry in a field of also-ran read-alike thrillers. In rapid-fire bursts detailing simultaneous actions occurring across the Cape Town landscape, Meyer lets you experience the events as they happen so that even as you are caught up in the questioning of Alexandra you are wondering what is happening to Rachel and whether Benny is making any progress in the race to save Rachel. And all the principal characters are fully drawn--from white Benny with his domestic failures, to the angry black Dekker, to the eager "coloured" Vusi--Meyer paints a very vivid portrait of the cultural and political complexities in post-Apartheid South Africa. This is the most satisfying thriller I can remember reading. I can't wait to read the award-winning Meyer's other novels.

Sep 05, 2010

After really enjoying the first two novels, I was looking forward to this one, but was greatly disappointed. It is convoluted, disjointed and has far too many story lines and people to keep track of. Half way through I really didn't care and would have left it there if the library had been open to get something else.

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