Deon Meyer’s books just keep getting better and better. His newest thriller, THIRTEEN HOURS, had me on the edge of my seat from the first chapter. For those readers not familiar with Meyer’s previous books, his novels take place in his homeland of South Africa with this novel taking place in Capetown. The book is a roller coaster of a read with several different plot lines vying for precedence at the same time and each of them as compelling as the other. The book takes place in a time period of thirteen hours, hence the title.
Setting his novels in contemporary South Africa, Deon Meyer raises the bar for thrillers by infusing each of his novels with the national political tensionsâ€”historical, racial, and economicâ€”and the urban and rural disparities which make the country so complex and so difficult to govern. His â€śheroesâ€ť have traditionally been far from â€śheroicâ€ť in the traditional sense, always people at odds with society, especially in the case of Lemmer, main character (and hired bodyguard) in BLOOD SAFARI, a man who has allowed his passions to dominate him to the extent that he served time for his assault on four men and gained pleasure in killing the ringleaderâ€”â€śI felt at one with the world, whole and complete, good and right. Itâ€™s a terrible thing. It intoxicates. Itâ€™s addictive. And so terribly sweet.â€ť
October 3, 2009
Â· Judi Clark Â· 2 Comments
Tags: Animals, Deon Meyer, Environmental, Political Â· Posted in: 2009 Favorites, Character Driven, Class - Race - Gender, South Africa, Thriller/Spy/Caper, World Lit