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Infanta (Benny Griessel #1)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,772 Ratings  ·  179 Reviews
From rising South African thriller writer Deon Meyer, a gripping suspense novel about revenge, forgiveness, and the race to catch a trained killer. A young woman makes a terrible confession to a priest. An honorable man takes his own revenge for an unspeakable tragedy. An aging inspector tries to get himself sober while taking on the most difficult case of his career. From ...more
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Lapa Uitgewers
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Richard Derus
Rating: 3.75* of five

The Publisher Says: From rising South African thriller writer Deon Meyer, a gripping suspense novel about revenge, forgiveness, and the race to catch a trained killer.

A young woman makes a terrible confession to a priest. An honorable man takes his own revenge for an unspeakable tragedy. An aging inspector tries to get himself sober while taking on the most difficult case of his career. From this beginning, Deon Meyer weaves a story of astonishing complexity and suspense, as
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Adam
This is an extremely exciting read from cover to cover. It has kept me awake and alert much later than usual. Sex, drugs, rock'n'roll: it's got all of this and much, much more. The story is populated by superb characters such as: Inspector Griessel, a police officer with an alcohol problem; Christine, a 'sex worker' who is more than a match for Carlos the drug entrepreneur, her best client; and Thobela, a Xhosa with an interesting history and an extraordinary mission.

Set mainly in the Cape Provi
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Marnie  Krüger
This book touched on many subjects that is a huge issue in South Africa. Meyer masterfully merge all the good and bad of what our beautiful country have to offer.

The reason I only rate it 2stars is plain because I know - reading thirteenth hour, before Devil's Peak - that Meyer has so much more potential. In Devil's Peak (Infanta) he has the tendency to drag, to give unnecessary explanations or over indulge in describing scenery.

Still if I would've read this one before reading Thirteenth Hour,
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orsodimondo
DEVIL’S PEAK
Ecco l’inizio della serie dedicata al detective Benny Griessel della polizia di Città del Capo, Sezione Crimini Violenti.
Seguiranno i romanzi ’13 ore’, ‘7 giorni’, e il recente ‘Cobra’, in Italia pubblicati tutti dalle Edizioni E/O.

Benny è alcolizzato: nell’alcol cerca sollievo alla morte e alla violenza con la quale deve fare i conti 24/7.
Sollievo che ovviamente non trova se non per brevi illusori attimi, seguiti da down sempre più lunghi che lavorano sul suo senso di colpa e in d
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Elizabeth A
Aug 30, 2015 Elizabeth A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2015
Book blurb: A young woman makes a terrible confession to a priest. An honorable man takes his own revenge for an unspeakable tragedy. An aging inspector tries to get himself sober while taking on the most difficult case of his career. From this beginning, Deon Meyer weaves a story of astonishing complexity and suspense, as Inspector Benny Griessel faces off against a dangerous vigilante who has everything on his side, including public sympathy.

This is the first of five books in the Benny Griess
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Robyn
Sep 13, 2009 Robyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel is a fantastic literary example of a "french braid," a game from my comedy improv days. You begin with three completely separate scenes that have nothing to do with each other. Each time a scene is played out in turn, however, the stories begin to align and vague connections are made. By the end, all three scenes are woven into a complete whole (usually via rather humor ways). The idea is that the audience has no idea how the improv performers will weave three seemingly disparate scen ...more
Milan Raška
May 21, 2015 Milan Raška rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skvele vypraveni a prolinani trech pribehu, ktere se pomalu spojuji dohromady.
Za me trochu pokulhava druha cast, venujici se prevazne detektivovi a jeho alkoholovym problemum, ale treti zase vrati vse do poradku a vede k napinavemu, byt lehce predvidatelnemu konci.
Annabee
Nov 23, 2013 Annabee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tot halverwege dacht ik dit boek te waarderen met vier sterren, maar het werd zó goed dat het er vijf zijn geworden.
Rob Kitchin
May 06, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The real strengths of Devil's Peak are the characterisation, plotting and sense of place. Meyer provides an intricate story based on three in-depth character studies embedded in the turmoil of South African society, its criminal underbelly, and overstretched and corrupt police force. Over the course of the novel their back stories are revealed and teased apart as their lives start to intersect. The story moves at a steady pace, at times a little too slow for my tastes, slowed by detailed descrip ...more
Maddy
May 24, 2010 Maddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
SETTING: Cape Town, South Africa
SERIES: Somewhat related to previous books
RATING: 4.75

Thobela "Tiny" Mpayipheli hasn't lived an exemplary life. The closest he's come to pure happiness is in his relationship with a young woman, Miriam, and her son, Pakamile. After Miriam's death, the father and his adopted son lead an almost idyllic existence. Pakamile is a wonderful boy, and Thobela blossoms in the role of fatherhood. When Pakamile is killed, Thobela is beyond devastated; his whole reason for li
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Sunnie
Jan 16, 2009 Sunnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Benny Giessler is on his last chance. His drinking has forced his wife to toss him out of the house. She has given him an ultimatum. Six months to sober up or he won't see his kids again. He has to choose between the booze and his family. His, boss is supportive and books Benny into a de-tox centre. Benny now has to try and return to work, find a new place to live and come to terms with life without alcohol.

Joubert demonstrates his faith in Benny by assigning him to a murder case. Someone is mur
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Leslynn
Apr 06, 2016 Leslynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this author's writing style and appreciate the accuracy of his locations - especially my home town! As the characters travel through Cape Town, I am able to visualize the surroundings and feel a part of the story.

Benny Griesel is a real person - a boer from behind the 'Boerewors Curtain' (which is what Capetonians call the Northern Suburbs), who struggles to live life without his double Klippies and Coke. He makes mistakes, but is passionate about his family and job - this is someone I c
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Amy
May 16, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting and intriguing read. The book doesn't fit neatly into either a crime-genre or literary box, it's a little of both which makes it an excellent read. An added bonus is that it takes place in South Africa and you learn a lot about the culture, history, and society throughout. The story is told through the perspective of three different people: an alcoholic cop who is trying to get sober after being kicked out by his wife, a sex worker trying to do something better for the sake of ...more
Jean
Jul 25, 2011 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another superb thriller by Deon Meyer.

Three characters form the main thrust of this intricate astute thriller
Chistine is a prostitute telling her story to a priest. Benny Griessel is an alcoholic policeman whose wife kicks him out because of his drinking. He has to track down a vigilante killer who seem to be concentrating on child murderers.
Then there's Thobela the vigilante, who saddened and angry that so few child abusers are prosecuted in a court of law decides to take the law into his own h
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Spuddie
Jan 15, 2012 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent first in series set in modern-day South Africa. Features Benny Griessel, a long-time police detective who is also reaching the end of his alcoholic string as his wife boots him out of the house and his boss issues an ultimatum to get sober or else. While trying to cope with drying out, Benny must also deal with a brutal serial killer who actually has a lot of supporters, as he is killing people who harm children and get away with it using a ritual assagai. (A long-handled spear/knife.) ...more
Ladiibbug
Quit reading at page 30 - no stars given

Benny Griessel is a police inspector, a hard core alcoholic who has ruined his marriage. He assaults his wife in the presence of his child/children, which finally moves his wife to kick him out.

A rave review of book 3 in this series prompted me to begin with #1. I have no interest in reading about those with addictions, let alone wife and child abusers as the main characters.
Sue
Written by South African author, Deon Meyer, this is a thriller with a moral twist. This was another book in my quest to read 'new' South African authors and it didn't disappoint at all. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I like Deon Meyer's writing style and the careful development of his characters. This book is set in the Cape against a background of rampant crime in South Africa. Thobela Mpayipheli is an assegai-wielding killer - choosing only to kill child abusers after his young son is killed in a s ...more
Andrew Smith
Jul 26, 2011 Andrew Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deon Mayer is a new writer to me. A South African whose books are translated from Afrikaans, he writes with passion about his country today and does not shirk from discussing some of the social problems openly and with refreshing bluntness. This thriller involves three complex, interesting but flawed characters and addresses some very uncomfortable issues such as the predilection towards child rape, born from the pervasive myth that it can provide a cure for AIDS. It’s an uncomfortable and uncom ...more
Nic Mörkötarha
Mar 24, 2015 Nic Mörkötarha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First time in a while that I've read a book that took its time in developing a story and carefully crafted characters. Felt like a quick read despite being over 400 pages long.
Linnaea
Jun 19, 2015 Linnaea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa
This is the first of the Benny Griessel books (he's been in others, but this time he is the main character). Like all of Meyer's books, it takes place in South Africa, mostly in Cape Town.
I am reading my way through all of his books right now, so I can no longer comment on whether his writing style is abrupt and awkward or not. Having said that, I've read about 5 of his books in the last week so they are that good. In this novel the lies and crimes of the past are more personal (not on a state/
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Yvonne (Fiction Books)
'Devil's Peak' - A Picture Postcard Location ..... With Hidden Horrors

Devil's Peak, is the first Deon Meyer book that I have come across, but is his fourth published novel.

This is not the book for you, if you have a total aversion to descriptive scenes of moderate violence, bad language and explicit sexual encounters. HOWEVER, if you give this book the chance, it becomes clear that everything is set in complete context to the storyline, with the scenes only adding to the overall richness of the
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Liz Marshall
Mar 30, 2016 Liz Marshall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard to believe this was translated from another language, as the language is beautiful. (The author is South African).

Inspector Benny Griesel, alcoholic extraordinaire, is the glue that holds this story together. He becomes involved in the killings of pedophiles and child murderers, and then the kidnapping and murder of a prostitute’s 3-year-old daughter. The pedophile murderer is the very sympathetic former government hitman, Thobela Mpayipheli, and the prostitute is the very determined Chris
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Valerie
Another great police mystery from South African author Deon Meyer, featuring detective Benny Griesel. I had already met Griesel in 13 Hours (more recently published), which I liked better than this book. Still, it fills in some details about Griesel's struggle with alcohol, family issues, and is, as always, super interesting in terms of describing race and ethnic rivalries in the new South Africa.
Derek Baldwin
Sep 29, 2014 Derek Baldwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read 13 Hours prior to this (3rd in the Benny Griessel sequence I think) didn't spoil the story but I'm glad I read this after Dead At Dawn because the Assegaai Man (mild spoiler) is the same character as Tiny in that novel and having him resurrected (another mild spoiler?) would have spoilt the suspense - if I'd not realised the chronology that is! This is a cracking thriller which is unusual for making you sympathise with the "baddie" and with the man who's chasing him. Christine's plac ...more
Sam
Dec 18, 2010 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another crime novel set in South Africa by the amazing Deon Meyer. The cop is a drunk battling the bottle and his reputation, the girl is a prostitute, the criminal is a drug dealer. Set against life in Cape Town it is rich in detail and the pace and atmosphere is, as always, gripping. A sympathetic examination of a serial killer with a point.I await the next installment.
Anne-Jan
Jul 25, 2014 Anne-Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Duivelspiek: Christine, de prostituee. Bennie Griessel, de inspecteur. Tobela Mpayipheli, de man met de assegaai (traditionele spies). Wat hebben deze 3 mensen met elkaar te maken? en hoe komen hun levens met elkaar in verbinding? Dat wordt door Deon Meyer prachtig beschreven in dit geweldige boek! Deon Meyer heeft een ontzettend prettige schrijfstijl, de spanning moet het boek vooral hebben van het laatste gedeelte. Maar Deon Meyer is een verteller! Je waant je in Afrika, je krijgt na het lezen ...more
Sherrie
Sep 16, 2014 Sherrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding book, and very happily for me the first in a series. Centering around three main characters, Meyer gradually teases out the thin lines separating morality and justice, and does it in not-so-expected ways. I can't wait to get to the library and check out more of his books.
Robert French
Feb 06, 2014 Robert French rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime, 2014
I have now read all of Deon Meyer,s novels, not in order, but I would highly recommend for anyone who is starting to read Meyer's books, particularly his Benny Griessel novels, to read them in order. Devil's Peak is the first Benny Griessel book and looking back it would have been better to start with this book. The same goes for his Lemmer books. Deon Meyer's characterization is excellent and you become immersed in the lives of Thobela "Tiny" Mpayipheli, Bennie, and of course Christine. I found ...more
Jackie Hayter
Love Deon Meyer's books, and this one is no exception. This is where Bennie Griessel"s story starts, so i should have read it first. But i still loved it!
Cat Parker
This is a tricky one to rate as I didn't enjoy the first half of the book. I would give a true rating of 2.5. It was a difficult read for me, much too much jumping around from PoV to PoV, often not being sure who's PoV you just read! I felt that you didn't stick with a character long enough to be able to build any form of bond, and so I found myself just not caring. I persevered to finish the book but frequently found myself re-reading whole pages because I couldn't remember what I'd just read.

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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
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