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Tod vor Morgengrauen

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  666 ratings  ·  59 reviews
In Kapstadt wird ein Antiquitätenhändler mit einem Schuss geradezu hingerichtet. Sein Safe wurde ausgeraubt, das Testament fehlt, die Kugel stammt aus einer unbekannten Waffe. Der ehemalige Polizist van Heerden wird mit dem Fall beauftragt. Er hat genau sieben Tage Zeit, Licht in das Dunkel zu bringen.
Paperback, 570 pages
Published October 19th 2006 by Aufbau (first published 2000)
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Bonnie Brody
The country of South Africa is the exotic and fascinating background to Deon Meyer's thrillers. His books are filled with names and places in the Afrikaans and traditional languages: Mzimkhulu, Mpayipheli, Van Heerden, de Jager, Groote Schur, Gerhardus Basson. I loved trying to pronounce these words. They sound so beautiful and rare in my attempts at verbalization. The book also deals with contemporary issues in South Africa, especially racism. Mr. Meyer has again created a top level thriller wi ...more
This is really a 2.5'er, nothing really started happening til last 25% of book, and I just found myself not caring if any of the main characters (Zet or Hope or Joan) lived or not. The Nagel/Nonnie story line should have been brought forward. Not really worth reading I'd prefer another Mat book I think (though this one and his first Mat book are pretty much same story different names......)
A solid crime novel with a story within a story. I liked how the story truly starts to unravel only towards the end and the reader isn't made to feel like they missed something earlier on when the bad guys are revealed. Zatopek van Heerden is a former cop, now a freelance private detective of sorts who is hired to find a missing will. He has a week to figure out why a man who didn't even exist a few years earlier was murdered and his will stolen. The premise is what got me, and it carried throug ...more
Jackie Hayter
Deon Meyer is een van my gunsteling skrywers, en die feit dat hy 'n Suid Afrikaanse, en Afrikaanse skrywer is, is net die kersie op die koek.

Orion se hoofkarakter - Zatopek van Heerden is 'n Afrikaanse oud-polisieman met 'n verlede wat hom teister. Meyer beskryf sy wroeging so raak.

Die feit dat ek tot 3 uur in die oggend deurgelees het, omdat ek dit eenvoudig nie kon neersit nie, moet 'n aanduiding wees van hoeveel ek die boek geniet het.
I very much enjoyed Blood Safari... but no so much this book.

The story takes place in South Africa. There are 3 story lines with different POVs.

There is the murder of Baby Marnewick, back in Zatopek's youth which he solves as a grown man and actually launches his police career.

What happened between Captain Zatopek van Heerden and his police partner Nagel (and Nagel's wife). And to his surprise, where he finds his inner evil.

Attorney, Hope Beneke hiring Zee to find the last will and testament for
Robert French
I have read most of Deon Meyer's books (translated into English) and definitely plan to read more. I struggled a bit with Dead at Daybreak until about the middle and then it took off and I became quite mesmerized until the end. Initially I would have given it three stars, but when the pace picked I changed my mind. Definitely worth reading. I have Blood Safari on my shelf, but am going to have to find a copy of Devil's Peak somewhere. Then I will be waiting for Deon Meyer's next book Cobra which ...more
Hmn ... a strong voice, enjoyed the writing and the lead character. What started with the promise of a dark Mankell-esque thriller, turned out to be only 50% of that. The author made an interesting choice in that he told two stories - the case at hand, told in the 3rd person, was that of a down-and-out PI investigating the gruesome death of an antiques dealer. This case was solid and reached into dark chapters of South Africa's past. But unfortunately I found taht the second story didn't help th ...more
Phan Ba
"Chết lúc bình minh", tiểu thuyết hình sự của nhà văn người Nam Phi Deon Meyer. Sinh năm 1958, hiện nay Deon Meyer được cho là tác giả hình sự thành công nhất của Nam Phi. Tác phẩm "Trái tim của người thợ săn" của ông đã nhận được Giải Hình sự Đức.
"Dead at Daybreak" mở đầu giống như một quyển tiểu thuyết hình sự kinh điển. Một người buôn bán đồ cổ bị tra tấn rồi bị giết chết. Toàn bộ tài sản trong chiếc két sắt to bị lấy đi mất, kể cả bản di chúc. Viên cựu cảnh sát hình sự Van Heerden chỉ còn bả
About a former police officer turned rowdy drunk who is hired to investigate the murder of a reclusive businessman. Lots of violence, lots of swearing, and a very unlikeable protagonist. It just wasn't one I wanted to stick with.
Michael Bieligk
Den fand ich richtig gut, spannende Bücher macht der Herr Meyer!
I really have very mixed feelings about this book.

It's probably been about three or four years since I've read a book in my native Afrikaans so it took a couple of pages to acclimate myself to the style. After the initial 'culture shock' the pages just flew by in such a frenzy that I read it in 24 hours - give or take a few. I especially enjoyed the characters and the South African nuances and references the writer let creep in (Living in one of the regions mentioned, doesn't hurt either).

Kathleen Hagen
Dead At Daybreak,by Deon Meyer, a-minus, Narrated by Simon Vance, Produced by Highbridge Company, Downloaded from

Zed Van Heerden, a former cop and now a private eye in Capetown, is referred to a young lawyer representing the mistress of an antique furniture dealer who was murdered with an M-16 rifle and tortured first with a blow torch. There is a safe, large with shelves built into the wall, which is left open and is empty except for a piece of paper used for rolling American bills
First published in English in 2000, this South African crime novel continues where Dead Before Dying left off . . . sort of. Police captain Mat Joubert (the investigator and subject of the terrific Dead Before Dying: A Novel), has been promoted to Superintendent, moved on with his personal life (hooray!), and now takes on a supporting role in Dead at Daybreak. Zatopek (Zet) Van Heerden (he can thank his eccentric artist mother for the unusual first name) is the former police officer at the cente ...more
I'm not the biggest fan of detective fiction, usually I read more classic stuff like Chandler and Christie from that genre. The first ones remind me of film noir (there's something utterly enchanting about Los Angeles at night) and the latter ones are just adorably entertaining (despite the grisly murders). However, when I got the chance to get a free copy of the new Finnish translation of this, I thought why not. I've wanted to read more about Africa anyway and this sounded exotic. I think I al ...more
Zatopek van Heerden is an embittered,hard drinking ex-cop who finds himself in jail after picking a fight with five men in a bar ("you can tell a man his 4 X 4 isn't going to make his prick any larger and he pretends to be deaf. But drag in his wife....") He is sprung from jail by his attorney friend, Kemp who wants him to look into an unsolved murder.Particularly,van Heerden has to find the murder victim's missing will.
With very little to go on,van Heerden reluctantly finds himself drawn into t
One of Deon Meyer's earlier books. Here we get the back story on Zatopek (Zet) Van Heerden, a former rising star in the South African Police force, turned bitter recluse following a fatal incident during his hunt for a serial killer. The book alternates between Zet telling the story of his formative years, leading up to the fatal event that "changes everything," and the present, where Zet is working as an unwilling private investigator on an unsolved murder case. I found Zet's historical narrati ...more
Derek Baldwin
another cracking thriller from Deon Meyer, weaving together a present day murder mystery set in and around Cape Town with a bildungsroman, of sorts, of the detective struggling to solve it, and an apartheid era cover up that is the genesis for all the violence. There's times when the narrative seems to meander off for no good reason but rest assured the author knows where he's taking us. Highly recommended, as are all his books.
Neil Plakcy
I have given up on Deon Meyer's DEAD AT DAYBREAK. It started out quite well, with an intriguing mystery and a quirky protagonist. But the book is so amateurishly written that I finally had to give up. The narration veers between third person from the detective's POV, to a first person narration by him, with jumps into the third person POV of other characters. I can't see how this mishmash made it past an editor.

By the time I got halfway in, and there was still no progress on the investigation, I
Heart-pounding action and a fascinating protagonist in Afrikaner ex-cop Zatopek "Zet" van Heerden grabs your attention from the start in this South African thriller. Four and a half stars for this engrossing tale.
Sharon  Chrust
This title is my first experience with this author and I understand it is a translation. I was quite fascinated by it, in no small part because it is set in South Africa. The political and the cultural references are different and yet so similar. He pulls the humanity to the front of the geography. History is played out in flashbacks. He switches between first and third person so smoothly that it is non-intrusive and actually adds to the flow. Definitely, it is dark but not particularly oppressi ...more
I couldn't put this one down either. I love the continuation of the character's in each book. They can be read alone, but seeing the character development is great, happily I read them in order, by pure chance. A couple of phrases were translated oddly, but only because I speak Afrikaans and can see where they came from originally. This is a very tense and enthralling read, love it!
Was a slow read but finally finished it. there were too many stories intertwined and not done as well
Marius van Blerck
A first class thriller, set in South Africa, and involving mysterious past secrets relating to security force activities. A damaged former academic police specialist turned PI, a few organised crime heavies, including Tiny (who features in subsequent Meyer books), senior cops and current security forces interplay, to say nothing of a sharp female lawyer and a renowned artist, mother to the PI. The style is tight, the story riveting, and the action is what the genre demands. A really good read by ...more
Brilliant thriller by Deon Meyer - maybe his best.
Carl-magnus Halldén
I agree with Roberts rewiev.
Yvon Stokkink
It's well written and with plausible characters and plotlines, but I never really got pulled into the story. My interest leans more towards books that have more going on than just a crime.
Liked the main character, always have interest for troubled and bit a-hole man leads and van Heerden is just that.
Chapters were short and main plot interesting enough to keep interest with sideline story of van Heerden's; why he is the man he is today.
Story itself takes place in South Africa, which is easily forgotten, but author is kindly enough to remind about it occationally ;)
This isn't the typical mystery/suspenseful novel I normally read. It takes place in South Africa and is written by Meyer (South African novelist). This book was recommended to me by SPL "Your next five books" and I never would have read it otherwise. It had a darker, slighly more real feeling about it compared to American mystery/detective novels. I really enjoyed it!
Winnie M
Enjoyed reading the book; I lived and worked in Klerksdorp so it was fun seeing details of familiar places mentioned in the book. I finished this in just under 2 days; couldn't put it down. Once you get into the story, you want to find out who these guys were; and what happened all those years ago that seems to pose such a threat and justify the violence and killings.
Absolutely gripping! After enjoying his more recent thriller, 13 Hours, immensely, was worried that the second Meyer book I read might be a disappointment but this was every bit as pacey and engrossing. Will look for more crime novels featuring Zatopek van Heerden, wonderful PI character who is every bit as intriguing as 13 Hours' Bennie Griessel.

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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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