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Devil's Peak

My naam is Benny Griessel en ek is 'n alkoholis," sÍ hy.

"Hallo, Bennie," sÍ die twee-en-dertig stemme in 'n blymoedige koor.

"Ek het gisteraand 'n bottel Jack Daniels uitgesuip en my vrou geslaan. Sy het my vanoggend uit die huis uit gesit. Ek is nou een dag sonder drank. Ek is hier omdat ek nie my drinkery kan beheer nie. Ek is hier omdat ek my vrou en my kinders en my lewe wil terughÍ ..."

...moet speurder-inspekteur Griessel van die Ernstige en Geweldsmisdaad-eenheid eers vir Artemis keer: Die vigilante wat die doodstraf teruggebring het, wat besig is om misdaad teen kinders met 'n lang lem en 'n skrikwekkende meedoŽnloosheid te wreek.

En met die media wat skree, die politici wat druk toepas, 'n span onbeholpe jong speurders en verskeie kollegas wat hom in die rug steek, stel Bennie Griessel 'n lokval.

Maar hy het nie rekening gehou met die liefde van 'n sekswerker vir haar kind, die haat van die Sangrenegro-dwelmkartel en sy eie smagting na die helende kragte van die bottel nie.

 

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  • ... 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. Devil's Peak reflects the country's spiralling crime rate and particularly the dramatic increase in child rape, which is influenced by the pervasive myth that it can cure men of Aids.

    Its two powerfully drawn protagonists work their way towards each other over the course of the novel, with the author giving expert tugs to the reins to keep them on course.

    I marvelled at the intricacy of the plotting, I smiled at Christine's cheeky ingenuity, I felt Thobela's pain and Benny's desperation, and I was stunned by a dťnouement of awesome power and accomplishment.

    ó Matthew Lewin, The Guardian.
  • Devilís Peak is tough in-your-face crime writing that spares nothing in language, visceral scenes of blood and mayhem (for Meyer is adroit at choreographing descriptions of slaughter), and never waivers from the compelling pace of the story. It also has a mean line in humour that comes through in the snappy dialogue.

    ó Mike Nicol in The Sunday Independent
  • Devilís Peak interweaves the story lines of three characters:Thobela, an assegai-wielding avenger who kills anyone guilty of harming children; Benny, an alcoholic cop heading the team hunting for him; and Christine, a call girl Benny uses to set a trap.

    Originally written in Afrikaans, this moving, expertly constructed story of a broken manís redemption is bound to win awards.

    ó John Dugdale, The Sunday Times (London)
  • Deon Meyer is ... one of the sharpest and most perceptive thriller writers around.'

    ó Peter Millar, The Times (London)