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Trackers (Lemmer #2)

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A Muslim attack in Cape Town? Too far-fetched. It can’t be true. So why is the Presidential Intelligence Agency so desperate to intercept a shipment? Why is the CIA bringing in its big guns? And why, if it’s only a rumor, is it having such violent consequences—on the life of Milla Strachan, a former housewife who just wanted to live a little dangerously; Lemmer, a freelanc...more
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Published September 6th 2011 by HighBridge Company (first published 2010)
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switterbug (Betsey)
Many thrillers are about saving humanity, not necessarily inhabiting it. Maverick heroes are replicated from types previously established in classic iconic stories. Villains are cut from generic, barbaric cloth--the more psychopathic and gruesome, the better. Character and language are sacrificed for plot and standard themes, and the admirable hero/ine (or noble anti-hero/ine) saves the world. Gosh, with the hundreds of thrillers published each year (month?), the human race is lucky to be alive....more
Maddy
Divided into four “books”, TRACKERS features a large cast of characters and is an incredibly complex work. It’s intimidating to even begin to think of summarizing what takes place in the book, so hopefully, a brief synopsis will suffice. Basically, the book focuses on security issues within South Africa. The country’s intelligence agency is on high alert with information indicating that militant Muslims are planning to a terrorist act. There are a few smuggling schemes, one involving diamonds an...more
switterbug (Betsey)
Many thrillers are about saving humanity, not necessarily inhabiting it. Maverick heroes are replicated from types previously established in classic iconic stories. Villains are cut from generic, barbaric cloth--the more psychopathic and gruesome, the better. Character and language are sacrificed for plot and standard themes, and the admirable hero/ine (or noble anti-hero/ine) saves the world. Gosh, with the hundreds of thrillers published each year (month?), the human race is lucky to be alive....more
jo
i am not sure this book does or says something meaningful about the human condition*, but it sure is a hell of a read. it's divided in 4 related parts, and while the set up in the first part is a bit slow (but the book is almost 500 pages!), the rest is really engaging and fascinating. post-apartheid south africa is a place where organized crime seems to have blossomed with great generosity, to the point that the international organized crime world sees it (south africa) as a nice safe haven. at...more
Trish
Long before I started recording the books I’d read and writing reviews, I read my first Deon Meyer novel called Heart of the Hunter. It was a tremendous introduction to South African fiction—rich with characters strong and brave, written with such specific local color, one could be nowhere else on earth. I now grab Meyer’s new books whenever a bookstore is wise enough to stock them, and recommend them to anyone who likes international mystery fiction.

In this latest offering, Meyers takes on a pl...more
Gloria Feit
Bringing back two characters from previous novels, the South African author has written a complicated story with three separate plots which are related both in circumstances and the people involved. One theme involves what appears to be a Muslim plot, which a government intelligence service suspects at first to be a tradeoff between the smuggling of diamonds in exchange for weapons. A second, an offshoot of the smuggling operation by a man seeking to recover a large sum of money he claims was st...more
Katharine
I read this book on the reccomendation of my friend and fellow-librarian Susan, as an example of South African mystery. The settings were fascinating, and as the book was written by an Afrikaner, it provided an interesting window into post-apartheid life in RSA. The story was a series of linked mysteries, with people suddenly finding themselves caught up in events set in motion somewhere else. No one ever had the whole picture except for the reader- a different way to write a mystery.

While vari...more
Colleen
Meyer captures the flavour of post-apartheid South Africa so well in his novels - the changing social engagements between a wide variety of people. Trackers mixes up white farmers (Zimbabwean & South African, mercenaries, Muslim extremists and a whole lot more, in a complex plot which is recent and feels like it touches many of the issues we read about in the daily newspapers. The ending is rather unsatisfying - I won't give away why - but the mix people of who meet in such a variety of situ...more
Anja Zegeling
Deon Meyer is een van mijn favoriete schrijvers. Ik geniet van de manier waarop hij zijn boeken schrijft, de personages, de spanningsopbouw en niet in het minst van de sfeer van Zuid-Afrika en het Zuidafrikaans. Ik begon dus bijna juichend aan Spoor. En schrok. Dit boek is heel anders! Gelukkig bleek mijn angst na een stuk doorlezen ongegrond. Alle typische Deon Meyer kenmerken zijn er wel degelijk. Zijn personages zijn er ook, bekende en nieuwe. De spanningsopbouw is er ook. Zuid-Afrika ook. De...more
Diane V-R
I loved this book with it's strong local (South Africa, Johannesburg, Cape Town) flavour.

Besides familiar locales and colloquialisms I enjoyed the pace of the book, the tension and the strong larger-than-life characters.

Trackers is a brilliant holiday novel that will have you observing your fellow South Africans with far more interest.
Jennifer
Not my favorite Meyer, but I can see how others liked it. Switching among perspectives in such large chunks -- the book had four sections focusing on three different protagonists -- made it almost feel like three separate books. And I wasn't completely convinced he tied it all the threads together at the end.

The first section was overly complicated with dozens of different names to keep track of stretching across multiple organizations and cultural groups, which was particularly confusing when...more
Kren
This review is for the Audible version, as well as the Kindle version.

Deon Meyer is a genius. Simon Vance becomes each character for whom he speaks. The two together create a compelling listening experience.

Meyer has brought some characters from his previous books and entangled them in an intricate, fascinating plot consisting of several tales in one. You have to hang on to them all until the very end when they come together and you say "AHHHH", in satisfaction.

Besides all that, Meyer somehow ma...more
Gavin Greenwood
I am a BELIEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!
Deon Meyer RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dennis
I wish this book was a whole lot more polished before release. Whoever did the editing on this failed miserably. Not only is the text in the version I got deplorably awful, the entire package just comes across as amateur. I had to deal with punctuation errors on basically every page, with backwards quote marks, sentences without capitalization on the first word, extra periods at the end of sentences.. (See what I did there?) Who needs two periods? It's one over the limit for a normal sentence, a...more
Bree T
Milla Strachan, a middle-aged Cape Town housewife has finally gathered up the courage to walk out on her emotionally abusive, cheating husband and her rude, demanding and ungrateful college-aged son. She has found herself a new apartment and sets about finding a job. She knows that it won’t be easy, having been a housewife for half her life to her well-off husband, living in a nice house in a nice area. However with relative quickness, Milla finds a job writing reports for the Presidential Intel...more
Monica
Complicated, but excellent. The stories: Lemmer, the body guard hired to protect the smuggling of a breeding pair of endangered black rhinos from Zimbabwe to a farm in SA for safety. Flea, the young veterinarian who supervises the transport and has a separate agenda. Milla, the middle class housewife who finally walks out on her abusive husband and starts her life over, working as a researcher and writer for a government agency. Mat Joubert, ex-police superintendent turned private investigator t...more
Sam
Trackers by Deon Meyer
Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN: 978-1-444-72366-3
• Sam North review
Trackers presents quite a challenge for a reviewer. A novel with three distinct strands and three or perhaps more central characters to each section means you have to be on your toes as Meyer weaves three unconnected story strands together with skill and prescience.

If you are just picking up a Deon Meyer thriller for the first time, I’d start with Dead Before Dying featuring Mat Joubert who takes the final slot of...more
Jeremy Hornik
A South African crime novel, originally in Afrikaans, and an unexpectedly good thriller. It didn't seem like it was going to be that way. It started in a disjointed way, cutting back and forth between characters. But the book has this crazy energy. The characters grew on me and at some point, I was into it, and just started churning on through.

The book, which the jacket flap will tell you is about Rhino smuggling, is actually three or four stories loosely connected in important ways. The lead ch...more
Kathleen Hagen
Trackers, by Deon Meyer, b, Narrated by Simon Vance, Produced by Highbridge Company, downloaded from audible.com.

A "Muslim" attack in Cape Town? Too far-fetched. It can't be true. So why is the Presidential Intelligence Agency so desperate to intercept a shipment?
Why is the CIA bringing in its big guns? And why, if it's only a rumor, is it having such violent consequences - on the life of Milla Strachan, a former
housewife who just wanted to live a little dangerously; Lemmer, a freelance bodyguar...more
melydia
(unabridged audiobook read by Simon Vance, translated by K.L. Seegers; 16 hours on 14 CDs): Recently divorced housewife Milla gets a job writing reports for the South African government. She doesn't know what she's writing for; she's given a subject to research and some additional intelligence and compiles it into a coherent story. When she meets one of the subjects of her reports and falls in love, things get really complicated. Lemmer is a paroled bodyguard who is asked to watch over the trans...more
Jules
Deon Meyer mausert sich so langsam zu einem meiner Lieblingskrimiautoren. Woran man sowas merkt? Zum Beispiel, wenn man von diesem Autor sogar Spontaneinkäufe in der Bahnhofsbuchhandlung tätigen kann und trotzdem Volltreffer landet.

Hier haben wir es mit gleich drei in sich abgeschlossenen Handlungssträngen zu tun, die jedoch nach und nach einige Berühungspunkte erkennen lassen. Bei einigen Aspekten war das für mich erst wirklich ganz am Ende erkennbar, bei ein paar dagegen gar nicht. Aber trotzd...more
Mike Van Barneveld
Of Spoor een goed boek is, is lange tijd onduidelijk gebleven. Een oordeel is bij dit boek namelijk pas bij afloop te geven. Tijdens het lezen van Spoor kan het namelijk erg verwarrend zijn te merken dat de verhaallijnen niets met elkaar te maken lijken te hebben. Dit kan de motivatie om het boek uit te lezen bij sommigen wellicht negatief beïnvloeden. Bedenk echter dat het hele boek zeer ingenieus in elkaar zit. Dit blijkt zeer zeker uit het laatste deel van het verhaal. De spanningsopbouw is d...more
Linda
An ingeniously constructed thriller that one needs to ead quickly to keep track of all the developments.

What do a housewife that wants to divorce, two diseases rhinos, the President Intelligence Agency (PIA), a Muslim extremist group in Cape Town and an ex-policeman who has turned private eye on his first case have in common? More than you would think. In a complicated and multi-layered thriller Deon Meyer describes the wheelings and dealings in present day South Africa where many people try to...more
Annabee
Het verhaal gaat moeizaam van start met veel namen, bij- en toenamen, instanties, maar opeens had ‘Spoor’ me toch in zijn greep, waarna ik de dikke pil vrijwel in één ruk uitgelezen heb.
Vier verhaallijnen, vier 'boeken', met minimale maar onmiskenbare raakvlakken. Aan het eind geen grote klapper die de lijnen samen doet smelten tot één, meer realistisch dan sluitend, maar dat mag de pret niet drukken. Integendeel, op de originele editie staat namelijk vermeld “Lemmer is terug. En dit is net die...more
J.R.
Like a jewel, Deon Meyer’s Trackers has a number of facets. These include not only the three separate stories that comprise the whole, but also various elements of each of those stories which make it one.

The first part is told from the viewpoint of Milla Strachan, a housewife who has finally worked up the courage to leave an abusive husband and selfish son. Though lacking experience, she seeks a job in journalism and is hired by a clandestine government agency investigating an odd connection bet...more
Becky
Als Leserin habe ich sofort gemerkt, dass unglaublich viel Arbeit notwendig war, um dieses Buch fertigzustellen. Die ganzen Recherchearbeiten und teils detaillierten Beschreibungen der Orte können eben nicht „einfach mal so“ niedergeschrieben worden sein.

Der Schreibstil ist sehr erwachsen, fast zu bürokratisch mit Fremdwörtern gespickt (vor allem im ersten Teil). Der Einstieg ist mir dadurch recht schwer gefallen, aber auch weil ich zu Beginn so manchen Sachverhalt mehrfach lesen musste um den Ü...more
Jean
Another five star thriller from this superb South African writer. I found the first 73 pages quite challenging - there is a lot of technical data and the introduction of many different characters requires concentration.The pace picks up considerably after that and I found myself reading into the early hours of the morning.
The story is told in three parts. After 20 years of marriage to an abusive bully Milla Strachan walks out on him and her obnoxious son and lands a job in the Presidential Intel...more
Joan Campbell
There was much about this book that I enjoyed - the South African setting, the complex and 'very real' characters. However, I found the plot overly-complex and by the end of the book, I was still left trying to figure out how all the pieces fitted together. My friends who love Deon Meyer books tell me the mistake I made was reading this one before I read any of his others - apparently, there are characters and plot-lines carried over from his other books.
Denise
3.0 out of 5 stars - Complicated South African thriller is difficult to wade through and understand on audio.

The mystery is complex and involves three separate stories with a large cast of characters whose names I really never quite understood. Not seeing them in print made it more difficult to keep track of what was going on.

Lemmer is an interesting character who gets involved in a plot that includes transporting stolen rhinos, smuggled diamonds and aiding or abetting terrorists. There are spi...more
Cheryl
I thought this story would be more about Lemmer (Lemmer's laws). He was there with the rhinos and he is still with Emma (from the last book-Blood Safari). Once again, Lemmer's mission is made more difficult by information he does not have. He wants to reveal is secrets to Emma, but is held back because of his insecurities, dark past and animal instincts. He is afraid she will leave him.

I liked the "Tracker tips" - from 'The Art of Tracking Dangerous Animals - is it all about animals? The plot w...more
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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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