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L'ispettore Mat Joubert era l'orgoglio della squadra omicidi della polizia di Città del Capo. Ma quei tempi sono ormai lontani. Sua moglie è morte da più di due anni, e lui, a soli trent'anni, non riesce a trovare la forza di andare avanti. È ingrassato. E depresso. Quando una serie di brutali omicidi - tutti 'firmati' da una vecchia Mauser - sconvolge la città, Mat capisc...more
Hardcover, 473 pages
Published 2000 by Piemme (first published 1996)
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Gavin Greenwood
Deon Meyer is my absolute hero!!!! I loved this book. Reading his work in Afrikaans brings back memories of my life in South Africa, while at the same time connects me to its new and unfolding present. His characters are well developed and realistic portrayals of ordinary South Africans. Deon Meyer rules!
Captain Mat Joubert is charged with solving the murders of a few people who are being executed with an old Mauser gun and there is no apparent link between them.

In between this, he is also trying to solve the case of a bank robber who is hitting a certain bank, calls the lady tellers Sweetheart and then ask what perfume they are wearing.

There has been a shake up in the police force and Mat is advised he needs to loose 15kg so he starts with a eating pattern and some swimming for exercise. I comm...more
I confess . . . police procedurals/thrillers/mysteries are not my favorite reading (or audio) genre. I'm just not a huge fan of plot-driven novels, no matter how clever the plotting.

So I was particularly pleased to discover the audio version of Deon Meyer's 1996 novel, Dead Before Dying. A killer armed with a century-old German handgun is stalking Cape Town. The victims seemingly have no connection to one another . . . or do they? Captain Mat Joubert (his first name is a private acronym) of the...more
‘Feniks’ zit op zich uitstekend in elkaar, Meyer kan schrijven als de beste, heeft ontegenzeggelijk een humoristische pen, maar gaat herhaaldelijk over de top. Daardoor ontstaat een disbalans tussen enerzijds de humor en anderzijds de ernst van de misdrijven en van de persoonlijke misère van de personages. Gaandeweg het verhaal wordt die verhouding beter, maar dan is het eigenlijk te laat: overdaad aan humor en overbodig veel aandacht voor lichamelijke liefdesaspecten maken het lastig het verhaa...more
This is a police procedural set in Capetown, South Africa. The investigating officer is on a downward spiral having lost his wife to murder while she was working undercover. When it appears there is a serial killer at large, he is given one last chance to lead the investigation. Meyer is a good writer, the secondary characters are well-developed, and the South African setting (only a few years after the end of apartheid) is interesting. Overall I enjoyed it very much, but the ending (the solutio...more
Mike Van Barneveld
Feniks is helemaal niet te vergelijken met het 5-sterren verhaal '13 uur' van Deon Meyer. Feniks is in mijn ogen wel een 'aardig' boek, maar geen boek om nog lang over na te praten en aan te raden aan anderen. Leuk om gelezen te hebben maar mee rook niet eigenlijk. Een verhaal dat overschaduwd wordt door een overmatige hoeveelheid seks, iets wat het verhaal niet nodig heeft en ook zeker niet zorgt voor een betere beoordeling. Dit is een boek dat niet slecht is maar ook niet goed. Dus gewoon 3 st...more
Catherine Woodman
Captain Mat Joubert of Capetown, South Africa, has several problems he must solve. First of all, there is a polite bandit holding up the Premier Banks. He always compliments the bank clerks as he is robs them. Second, and more pressing, is the seemingly random murders of various men in town -- all killed by an old German handgun. On top of this, Joubert must cope with the recent loss of his wife, Lara, and his new boss who wants Joubert to straighten himself out or look for another job.
PROTAGONIST: Captain Mat Joubert
SETTING: Capetown, South Africa
WHY: DEAD BEFORE DYING introduces Captain Mat Joubert and his colleagues (notably, Benny Griessel) of the Capetown police. A serial killer using an ancient German handgun is on the loose, and the detectives are unable to make a connection between the victims. At the same time, there is a bank robber who may be linked to the crimes. JOubert is an interesting creation, a man struggling to overcome the murder of his wife, Lar...more
Aug 18, 2009 Mazel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Mat Joubert, capitaine à la Brigade des vols et homicides du Cap, en Afrique du Sud, est sur ses gardes depuis l'arrivée du colonel Bart De Wit.

Celui-ci, récemment nommé à la tête de ce service par le ministre noir de l'intérieur, est un ancien de l'ANC, vif, calculateur et ambitieux.

À peine installé dans ses nouvelles fonctions, il demande à Mat d'arrêter de fumer, de perdre quinze kilos, et l'envoie chez une psychologue pour qu'il retrouve toute son efficacité dans le travail.

Tâche difficil...more
Feniks is een van de eerste boeken van Deon Meyer. Een aantal van zijn recentere boeken las ik al eerder en in vergelijking daarmee vind ik Feniks niet een van zijn beste boeken en kun je dus rustig stellen dat Deon Meyer enorm gegroeid is in zijn werk. Is Feniks daarmee een slecht boek? Nee, absoluut niet!

Het boek start met inspecteur Mat Joubert die erg depressief is na de gewelddadige dood van zijn vrouw Lara. Wanneer Kaapstad wordt opgeschrikt door een reeks moorden krijgt hij de kans om te...more
Mais voilà une excellente surprise! Malgré quelques critiques laissant présager un bon début mais pas un grand polar comparé à d'autres plus récent de l'auteur, je me suis régalée. Oui donc, je ne suis pas vraiment d'accord.

Okay, on voit un peu venir le dénouement et le coupable. Mais ça ne pose aucun soucis et ne gâche absolument pas la découverte de certains aspects de Cape Town à la passation de pouvoir post-Apartheid toute fraîche. Les excès de la nouvelle hiérarchie de la police déterminée...more
I enjoyed this book very much. The characters were well developed, particularly Captain Joubert and others whose flaws and demons added depth to the story. I loved that the protagonist was not quite the hero that we usually find - he apparently once was, and has the potential to be again, but at the moment he's teetering on being a loser and even being kicked off the police force. It was interesting to have the two cases - the Mauser serial killer and the Sweetheart bank robber - running simulta...more
Ik heb Feniks gelezen als leesclub boek op en ben teleurgesteld. Ik val meteen met de deur in huis, maar Feniks is niet wat er verwacht had van Deon Meyer. Na zijn recensie in VN Thrillergids 2012 voor 13 uur was ik helemaal klaar om een nieuwe top-auteur te ontdekken.
Ik denk dat Deon het wel heeft, maar in Feniks kwam dit niet naar voren. Deon heeft een prettige schrijfstijl, gebruikt mooie romantische woorden en dat is in het begin prettig en gezellig. In de loop van het verhaal i...more
Kathleen Hagen
Dead Before Dying, by Deon Meyer, a-minus, Narrated by Simon Vance, Produced by Highbridge Audio, Downloaded from

Captain Matt Joulbert of the Capetown Police heads an investigation trying to figure out why several men, with seemingly no connection, are being murdered in the same exact way. While some people think it is a serial killer, Matt doesn’t think so. He is searching for, and finally finds, a connection between the victims which leads to finding the murderer. This may be Matt...more
"Dead before dying" was the second novel of Deon Meyer I read. Briefly speaking: I really liked it. The characters are well developed in a very credible way, the story is thrilling and the descriptions of the political and social everyday life in contemporary South Africa are really interesting. I liked especially that all of the characters have some flaws, there is no unspoiled hero, and also the insight in the (non-existant) love life of a middle-aged, widowed police officer is quite authentic...more
Angela Alfonso
The beginning of the book was slow and drawn out. A bit tired of the ' messed up cop ' scenario.....
The second half was more intriguing focusing on the crime rather than the cops baggage.
Deborah Allison
If you like "police procedurals" you will love this book, or any book by Meyers!
Khaleel Datay
Loved it. Deon Meyer has become one of the best crime writers around.
Ca part pas très bien avec un ancien flic alcoolique et qui se traîne dans le dégoût de lui-même. Et puis ça prend petit à petit, on le voit remonter la pente à la faveur d'une enquête "de la dernière chance" tandis qu'en parallèle il déroule son autobiographie. Le côté sud-africain en toile de fond est présent sans être trop développé, Meyer n'insiste pas mais on voit bien qu'on n'est pas à L.A. Une bonne lecture au final sans être transcendante, ni pour le côté polar ni pour la peinture de l'A...more
I wouldn't place this book in the murder mystery genre, nor in the crime genre; it was more a study of a person's mental state after the horrible death of a loved one. I was much more involved in the protagonist's personal life than in catching the murderer. Even though the story takes place in South Africa, the location did not impact the storyline to the extent that it would deter anyone from reading it. It was a nice change, and I wouldn't mind reading more from this author.
Ivor Hartmann
This was a nice quick read, with a good lead character exploration and arc, and a flowing main plot line. However quite a few sentences were jarring and didn't seem to make the translation from Afrikaans well. I also expected the end game to be cleverer than it was from the build up towards it during the whole novel. That said the descriptions of Cape Town came across vividly, though rarely did he leave the mountain surrounds, and explore the greater Cape Town area.
The style of this reminded me of some of Scandanavian authors I've read. All of the characters were flawed, and it's as much an exploration of why people behave as they do as it is a police procedural. The characters were well-developed, and this was a much more complex story than its title led me to believe. I was expecting a thin, plot-driven story with one-dimemsional characters, and I was happily surprised.
Donna Agnelly
Really more a 3.5 star rating. In all I enjoyed the book although I felt that it was rather slow going at times. I think, for me, the book was more Joubert's personal journey rather than the mystery. since I have been to South Africa and have visited Capetown this added to my enjoyment of the book as I was able to identify places in the book as places I had visited.
This book took awhile to get going but I'm glad that I stuck with it. It's more than just a mystery. The book central character's personal and professional life is the central focus, the mystery is secondary. The African setting is interesting. It gave me a glimpse into a culture that I know very little about. I look forward to reading Deon Meyer's next book.
I was really hopeful about this book. I love that Meyer's books are set in S Africa, I love his willingness to explore the emotional side of his main character, but this book moved along more slowly than I would have liked. I'm glad I stuck it out because the ending was a complete surprise and engrossing in the way I'd hoped the whole book would be.
Mat Joubert is one of the most flawed, damaged and interesting characters I've stumbled across in a while. I loved how he developed as the book progressed, and you found yourself cheering for him. I thought the plot was well paced and unravelled well. Can't wait to discuss this with my group tomorrow night!
Another winner from South African police/crime writer Deon Meyer!
A couple scenes were a little out of place and unnecessary. I did like the characters and thought they rang true. I am looking forward to reading 13 Hours by the same author. It was recommended as a less introspective and more action orientated novel.
Only the second book I have read of his and loved it. I won 7 of the series in an online competition so still have 5 more to go. Had never heard of him until this competition came up but in my opinion is definitely worth giving a go.
Craig Morin
Well fleshed out characters with real problems and a setting like no other. I am fascinated with south Africa with it's history beauty and cruelty it's the perfect setting hope more books are translated to English love this writer!
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Deon Meyer was born in the South African town of Paarl in the winelands of the Western Cape in 1958, and grew up in Klerksdorp, in the gold mining region of Northwest Province.

After military duty and studying at the Potchefstroom University, he joined Die Volksblad, a daily newspaper in Bloemfontein as a reporter. Since then, he has worked as press liaison, advertising copywriter, creative directo...more
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