Thirteen Hours (Benny Griessel #2)
Fast-paced, powerful, tender and suspenseful, Thirteen Hours is a blisteringly good novel from one of the major crime writers on the world stage.
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 his profession, and now he must concentrate on staying sober and...more
Thirteen Hours Review – Redux
I attended a Deon Meyer book signing this weekend and it played a big part in my decision to expand this review. At the time of writing this, Thirteen Hours is the only Meyer book I’ve read, but that is definitely about to change.
I’m not changing my rating, but I think some perspective is in order. South Africa is a country with eleven official languages, which should give you some idea of the cultural diversity. Why is this important? Meyer takes great snapshots of ...more
There are two main threads to this book, each following a different murder. I was slightly more interested in one than the ...more
i didn't know many things about south africa and now i know some. they are pretty basic things, like that afrikaans is a langu ...more
When an American backpacker disappears in Cape Town, the clock starts counting down, and the story moves along at a breathless pace for the next thirteen hours (hence the title). I really like that this South African detective series incorporates complex post-apartheid issues into the plot. The writing is really good, t ...more
An initial synopsis of this novel makes it sound like "crime writing by the numbers". The lead character, Inspector Benny Griessel, is a middle-aged detective with a drink problem and marital troubles, and ...more
Tredici ore soltanto: per risolvere due delitti, e il caso di una ragazza sequestrata, e il tentato suicidio di un’ex grande cantante, e un losco traffico, e una vita che va a rotoli, e una carriera che non decolla, e un paese che combatte nel post-apartheid, e…
Il tempo incalza per i personaggi e il fiato corto viene anche al lettore che non riesce a mettere giù un libro così, perché rimane incollato alle dita.
Ma Deon Meyer non ci racconta ‘solo’ una serie di delitti e situa ...more
Ek het 3 van sy boeke vir die afgelope 6 maande heen en weer karwy na en van my boek club met die beste voorwensels om ten minste een te lees. So toe ek uiteindelik een lees kon myself skop omdat ek so lank gevat het om dit te doen.
Hierdie is ‘n vinnige aksie belaaide speurverhaal wat jo ...more
I loved the fact that the story was set in Cape Town and used familiar locations such as streets, hospitals, police stations and nat ...more
Deon Meyer se 13 Uur gryp jou van die begin af en ek kon net nie opbou lees nie. Die karakters is ryk, en mens word vining betrokke by elkeen. Die menslikheid van die ou man om 'n onbekende jong meise te prober red (en met 'n Ma van dieselfde ouderdom kan ek vir jou se sy sou presies dieselfde gedoen het!). Die intense ondersoe ...more
En dit was wederom een zeer prettige leeservaring! Deon Meyer is een enorm goede schrijver, alles wordt tot in detail beschreven alsof je er zelf bij bent en alle karakters zijn zeer overtuigend.
Het leuke en mooie van dit boek vond ik ook dat het zich afspeelt op 1 dag. Er wordt een jonge vrouw vermist, aan inspecteur Griessel de taak om haar terug te vinden, dit ...more
Thirteen Hours was a very intriguing read and forced me to really focus. The characters are well defined, great detail throughout the book, and the overall story was really good. Everything in this book takes place within a thirteen hour period. The book is a long read at 584 pages, and jam-packed.
I know literally nothing about South Africa, which is the setting of the story (Capetown), or the language. Although this book was translated from Afrikaans to Engl ...more
Africa enjoys a number of very fine mystery/police procedural/thriller writers. One of the best is Deon Meyer, writing in Afrikaans, who turns out exciting, fast-paced, well-written thrillers set in today’s South Africa.
His latest is 13 Hours, a sequel, in a way, to Devil’s Peak, whose events take place before this book. But it isn’t necessary to read Devil’s Peak before this book, although I recommend it as an outstanding book on its own.
Detective Bennie Griessel of the South African Police Ser ...more
What a huge thrill, then, to watch the places of my town leap to life off the pages of 13 hours in Deon Meyer's sensational book.
I'd heard the rumours about Deon Meyer's books being of international quality, but was still skeptical - well I needn't have worried. A tight and and harrowing storyline, outstanding characters and Meyer's ability to set a world class book in ...more
This is the second Deon Meyer book I have read and like `Devil's Peak', `Thirteen Hours' is a real page-turner that gripped me from the first word, to the very last.
The clock is ticking from the word go, as thirteen hours is the deadline to solve the case of the American teenage tourist who is brutally murdered, the tension being heightened even more with the book being broken down into time-lined chapters, making me ultra aware of the passing o ...more
I've lost count how ...more
A young American backpacker has her throat cut after being chased down the street by a mixed race group of young men. The friend who was being chased with her is missing.
Benny Griessel, six months sober, and his mixed bag team of multiethnic cops with normal ...more
As for me, right at the very beginning there's a problem. I found it difficult to believe that a young woman is on the run away from some threatening guy early in the morning. She runs for her life from some really bad dudes. After a bit of running, what d ...more
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