Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Trackers” as Want to Read:
Blank 133x176
Deon Meyer
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Trackers (Lemmer #2)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  996 ratings  ·  126 reviews
"With Deon Meyer you can't go wrong. He's a writer whose work I admire, wait for and then devour."
— Michael Connelly

Lemmer's First Law: Don't get involved. But when Emma le Roux looks at him with pleading eyes, when the roof of his Karoo house needs big repairs, when the cause is good and just, laws can be broken. So he sighs, and says, yes, he'll ride shotgun for two rar
ebook, 400 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Grove/Atlantic, Inc. (first published 2010)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Trackers, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Trackers

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,642)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Natasha B
Wanneer 'n mens dink aan Afrikaanse spanningsfiksie, dink mens altyd eerste aan Deon Meyer. Dis hoekom dit snaaks is dat ek nog nooit een van sy boeke gelees het nie. Seker maar omdat ek nooit gedink het Afrikaans kan so lekker lees nie. Dis die manier hoe Meyer die taal tot sy voordeel gebruik wat mens vasgenael hou.

Met Spoor voel dit asof mens in die middel van 'n Amerikaanse spioenasieverhaal vasgevang is. Die Presidensiële Intelligensie-agentskap veg teen tyd om uit te vind wie wat insmokkel
Lemmer wordt ingeroepen voor een neushoorntransport waar hij al vrij snel in de problemen geraakt en dit is nog maar het begin van alles wat er nog te gebeuren staat. Milla Strachan neemt de beslissing om uit haar huwelijk te stappen en solliciteert op een baan en komt aan het werk bij de geheime dienst . Dit beseft ze later pas. Dan speelt er nog een vermissingszaak en hier houdt Matt Joubert zich mee bezig. Er zijn verschillende verhaallijnen en je vraagt je af wat hebben al die verhaallijnen ...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
I hadn't planned to read this book but came across it in my local library and, having read some of the author's other work, took it out on a whim. This is an ambitious novel, comprising 3 separate but interlocking stories, each based around a main character and each based on the theme of "tracking". The three main characters are Milla Strachan, a housewife who escapes an abusive relationship and gets a low level job with a Government Intelligence Agency; Lemmer, a professional bodyguard, on a jo ...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.
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
Deon Meyer once again, had me on the edge of my seat. Not as 'on the edge' as with 13 hours, but close. The reason, because he explains the story in such amazing, well-researched and existing detail!

This must have been a very difficult story to keep believable, but he did it. Despite being a little long-winded at times I still couldn't put the book down.

The big reason for the 4 stars, because one of the storylines was not explained properly. It left me puzzled (not in the good way) because he ex
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
Gavin Greenwood
I am a BELIEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!
Deon Meyer RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Deon Meyer is one of my favourite crime authors. I've visited Cape Town and South Africa, and seen several of the places he writes about - which makes it a bit more special to read about something half way across the globe.

Usually his pacing is perfect, and he drags you in from page one, a bit like Harlan Coben can do when he writes his best.

Meyer isn't as stressful to read as Coben, and his characters have so much depth and development it's a pleasure to read.

In Trackers we meet two of my favou
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
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
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
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
Kathleen Hagen
Trackers, by Deon Meyer, b, Narrated by Simon Vance, Produced by Highbridge Company, downloaded from

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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 54 55 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Stolen Lives (Jade de Jong, #2)
  • Daddy's Girl
  • Present Darkness (Detective Emmanuel Cooper, #4)
  • The Queen of Patpong (Poke Rafferty Mystery, #4)
  • A Carrion Death (Detective Kubu, #1)
  • Capture
  • Pieternella van die Kaap
  • Dregs (William Wisting #6)
  • Wife of the Gods
  • Buried Strangers
  • Stealing the Dragon
  • Bad Signs
  • Mapuche
  • Le perfezioni provvisorie
  • A Change of Tongue
  • Death Toll (DI Peter Shaw & DS George Valentine #3)
  • Praying Mantis
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 about Deon Meyer...

Other Books in the Series

Lemmer (2 books)
  • Blood Safari
Thirteen Hours (Benny Griessel, #2) Blood Safari Devil's Peak (Benny Griessel, #1) 7 dae (Bennie Griessel, #3) Heart of the Hunter

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »