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Blood Safari (Lemmer #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  1,518 ratings  ·  208 reviews
Lemmer is a freelance bodyguard for Body Armor, a personal security company in South Africa. Lean, angry, violent, he is way down on the price list where the bargains are to be found. Emma le Roux wants to find her missing brother, who supposedly died twenty years ago, but whom she is convinced she's seen on the news as a suspect in the recent killing of a witch doctor and ...more
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published April 30th 2009 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published January 1st 2007)
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James Thane
Emma Le Roux's brother disappeared twenty years ago and has long been presumed dead. Imagine her surprise, then, when she sees a photo on the television news of a man suspected of murder and recognizes him as her long-lost brother. Emma contacts the police and shortly thereafter, three assassins show up at her house and she narrowly escapes being killed.

Emma turns for help to Body Armor, one of South Africa's premier personal protection companies. Martin Lemmer, a man with a troubled past, is th
Deon Meyer mysteries are a special treat. The women are strong, the men sexy, the land distinctive. Meyer's latest title, Blood Safari, is especially fascinating for defining at least two sides to the wildlife crisis in the parks areas of southern Africa up through Kenya. His website shows photos of some places he describes in the book, and they are truly magical, places like none others. Photo Gallery

There is always something untamed about a Meyer book...his characters are sometimes barely in
Belinda Nicoll
In 2009, Patrick Anderson wrote in The Washington Post: "Often, the best fiction doesn't take us back to our unhappy childhoods or our depressing home towns but into new worlds we've not known before. Deon Meyer's novels explore the complex reality of South Africa, a world little known to many of us. At the most obvious level, they are exciting stories of crime, conflict and revenge, but they are more than that: ambitious attempts to show us the pain and greatness of a troubled nation that is st ...more
This was a free Nookbook download from Barnes & Noble. I was attracted to the idea of reading a mystery/thriller set in South Africa and written by a South African ... and not only a South African, but a Boer, a Dutch Afrikaner ... a country and a people I know next to nothing about.

It's a more than decent thriller, well written and plotted. The story carried me from page to page, and that's what you want in a thriller. The plot centers around a mysterious ecological activist who is murderin
Bree T
Lemmer is a bodyguard working for Body Armour, a private personal security company in South Africa. He has a troubled past and he tends to try and keep mostly to himself, in keeping with Lemmer’s First Rule: Don’t Get Involved. Up until now he’s mostly guarded boring government types and hasn’t had a problem with that.

Then he’s assigned to Emma le Roux who wants to find her brother, who has been missing for 20 years. Emma believes she saw his picture on television, as a suspect who is wanted for
When I travel, I usually like to read a book by a native author that is set in the country that I am visiting. I have likely already read the travel and sightseeing guides, so the book that I am looking for is more likely a novel to provide me with ambience. Last fall I traveled to South Africa and chanced to meet some locals who recommended that I check out Deon Meyer’s writings. I did and I immediately downloaded Blood Safari to my Nook. And, of course, I never got to said novel while I was on ...more
Een juweeltje van een boek betreffende de schrijfwijze van Deon Meyer. Je proeft in het boek de liefde voor "zijn" Zuid-Afrika en tegenlijk zijn afkeer tegen rijke Afrikaners, die het land proberen over te nemen. Een aantal treffende zinnen in het boek, winden er geen doekjes om. De natuur(schoon) van Zuid-Afrika wordt in detail beschreven en de natuurbedreigingen door vele verschillende partijen spelen een hoofdrol in het boek.

Dit detail en liefde voor de natuur is gelijk ook een beetje het man
Es la segunda novela que leo ambientada en Sudáfrica, y poco o nada tiene que ver con la otra que leí; aunque eso no importa, no se porque creí que deberían parecerse. La novela de Meyer es claramente un thriller; un thriller sobre el racismo, la política y el medio ambiente, o la destrucción de este, mas concretamente la masacre de los animales y la fauna en África. Me ha gustado, no es el tipo de novelas que suelo leer, el toque negro esta, por supuesto, pero no es una novela negra clásica, ni ...more
Elizabeth A
Book blurb: Lemmer is a professional bodyguard. Silent, invisible, he never gets involved. Emma le Roux is convinced she's seen her brother on the news as a suspect in the recent killing of four poachers. But her brother is supposed to have died twenty years ago. When le Roux hires Lemmer to watch her back while she goes looking for answers, it becomes clear someone wants to keep them in the dark. And when that someone tries to murder them both, for once in his life Lemmer steps out of the shado ...more
Barbara Gregorich
This is the first Deon Meyer book I've read, but it won't be the last. I enjoyed the plot, which sees personal bodyguard Lemmer hired to protect Emma le Roux. Early in the story he is told by an arrogant friend of Emma's that he, Lemmer, must solve who is trying to kill Emma. Lemmer replies that he is a bodyguard and that's all he will do: guard Emma. And during the first third of the book, that's what he does. But of course a plot that stuck with this premise would soon become dull, and the rea ...more
This was a very interesting audio book with a clever plot. I learned a great deal about South Africa, the African people and their language, Kruger National Park and the political history of the country. I would recommend it to anyone. The reader was either South African himself or he was able to do the accent really well.
Lady Nicole
Free Nook Book
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It's set in Africa and describes the racist views of the different regions. The main characters became easy to like and the book kept my interest with lots of action. Not a typical read, but I would recommend!
Apr 02, 2014 Richard rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in South Africa and its politics.
Recommended to Richard by: I picked up an old ARC at work.
Another tale told as now and before. And it turns out the problems now are because of before. But we get a whole lot of before without pertinence to this tale.

Other than mind numbing travelogs of driving through village after village with little or no modern life in them at breakneck speeds, even though the roads are not paved, and getting page after page of how Africa is going to hell because of greed, this is a pretty good story.

I am sure I could trim it down to 250 pages, although I read an A
R.J. Lynch
This is a fine book. If you like thrillers, read this. Blood Safari is not just an attention-riveting good read -- it's also far better technically than most thriller writers ever achieve. He takes on some major POV challenges and deals with them brilliantly, and back story is filled in when and as it needs to be. He never loses the reader's attention. The characters don't really stand out in three dimensions, but that's not what writers of this sort of book aim for. This is the first Deon Meyer ...more
Krystal Williams
Blood Safari is the story of a bodyguard named Lemmer (he goes by his last name) and the client who has hired him for protection, Emma le Roux. When Emma narrowly escapes an attempt on her life in her own home, she hires Lemmer to accompany her while she searches for the identity of her ruthless attackers, and the truth about her (presumed) dead brother. What starts out as a simple search for answers quickly escalates into a dangerous quest in the velds of South Africa.

Blood Safari is an excepti
Craig Sisterson
It is not just the Scandinavians that are penning great mysteries in other languages. South African author Meyer's tales have been increasingly translated from the original Afrikaans in recent times.

Bargain-basement bodyguard Lemmer is hired by Emma le Roux as protection while she tries to find her missing brother, who supposedly died twenty years ago but may have resurfaced as the prime suspect in the recent killing of a witch doctor and four poachers. It quickly becomes clear someone doesn’t
Kathleen Hagen
Blood Safari, by Deon Meyer, A-minus, narrated by Simon Vance, Produced by HighbridgeAudio, downloaded from

This is a thriller involving a bodyguard for hire who is hired to protect Emma LaRue. She believes that someone is out to kill her. She saw a t.v. photograph of a man who was supposed to have murdered four innocent people, and she believes it is her brother who has been missing for 20 years. She and the bodyguard start looking for him through the cities, and countryside of Sout
Masterful as always Meyer has written another riveting read. Environmentalism, tourism, geo-political intrigue, and corporate greed all merge in this thriller. I just wish I had more geographical familiarity with the topography of South Africa (SA)-but he does a good job trying to familiarize you. About the only thing I didn't like about this book was its title, which seemed quite incongruous given the American idea of safari. This is a book about violence,vengeance and justice, about fear and l ...more

LEMMER is a professional bodyguard. Silent and invisible, he never gets involved.

EMMA LE ROUX believed her brother died twenty years ago, until she sees him on the news as the prime suspect in the brutal killing of four poachers.

As Lemmer and Emma join forces in pursuit of the truth, it soon becomes clear that someone is willing to do whatever it takes to stop them.

When that someone tries to murder them both, Lemmer is forced to step out of the shadows for the first time in his life.
Wanneer Emma op een avond met een schuin oog naar de televisie kijkt herkent zij een van de personen in het nieuwsbericht als haar broer. De betreffende man wordt in dit bericht aangemerkt als verdachte van moord op 4 stropers en een medicijnman. Het probleem is alleen dat haar broer 20 jaar geleden is overleden.

Emma is alleen zo zeker van haar zaak, dat zij op onderzoek uit gaat en vragen gaat stellen. Vragen waarvan iemand niet gediend is want Emma’s leven loopt gevaar. Om deze reden roept zij
Benjamin Thomas
The book was published in Britain in 2008, and is just now being published in the US. The author is an Afrikaner himself and this is the translated version from the original Afrikaaner version. Hats off to the translators I must say because you'd never know this book is not in the original language. There are a number of local terms used, but always italicized and never used such that you can't determine their meaning from the context of the sentence. I particularly enjoyed the plot elements sur ...more
The main character in the book is Lemmer, a bodygaurd living in Loxton and renovating his house.

In Cape Town, Emma Le Roux has just climbed out the shower and notices 3 men attempting to break into her home. She escapes in the nick of time and flees to her neighbour. It is at this point that Lemmer is hired through his agency and boss, tough Jeanette Louw.

Lemmer accompanies Emma up north to Limpopo and Mpumalanga to search for answers regarding her missing brother. He had disappeared 20 years ea
Jan 31, 2012 Liz rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspense lovers
Recommended to Liz by: bn free fridays
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Mieke Schepens
Het verhaal is goed begrijpbaar geschreven naar mijn mening. Ik was onbekend met het werk van Deon Meyer en in het begin moest ik erg wennen aan het uitgebreid voorstellen van de personages. Dat bleek later wel zinvol te zijn.
Het is zeer onderhoudend geschreven, het houdt de aandacht van de lezer vast. Ook als je niet met Zuid-Afrika bekend bent, leest het heerlijk weg. Gaandeweg leer je het land en de mensen daarin, kennen.
Naarmate het verhaal vordert, roept het meer emoties bij je op.
De liefde
Deon Meyer does an outstanding job in engaging the reader in this thriller. He does so in a couple of different ways. First, using the first person narration by Lemmer, the main character, who is a bodyguard with a turbulent past and that shies away from any meaningful human interaction. Second, by presenting us with Emma, the client that at times seems really fragile and at others a bundle of energy and strength, and that presents Lemmer with some challenging situations, both personal and profe ...more
Ik had eerlijk gezegd nog nooit van Deon Meyer gehoord en normaalgesproken koop ik niet zo snel een boek dat in het misdaadgenre valt. Toch ben ik blij dat ik dit boek heb mogen lezen want het is een bijzonder goed in elkaar gezet verhaal.

Emma le Roux is er van overtuigd dat de man die ze op televisie zag haar broer is, die twintig jaar geleden is verdwenen en dood is verklaard. Na een aanslag op haar huis roept ze de hulp in van de lijfwacht Lemmer, tevens hoofdpersoon van het verhaal, om op z
Oct 14, 2011 Linda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my friends
Recommended to Linda by: money ( free ebook)
OMy first Deon Myer book. I would read more from this author. Set in South Africa, the principal parties are black, white, corrupt, less corrupt, truth seekers, men mad for money and men mad for the preservation of the animals. Emma, an orphan, believes her brother has been dead for twenty years, until he rings her up one evening. Thereafter her life is in danger so she hires Lemmer, a body guard. The unfolds from there, and the outcome leaves most of the bad guys dead and Lemmer and Emma in lov ...more
'Onzichtbaar' ademt een en al Zuid-Afrika. Deon Meyer houdt van zijn land en maakt de lezer deelgenoot van de complexiteit van de Zuid-Afrikaanse maatschappij, die hem duidelijk zorgen baart. Dat de apartheid verleden tijd is betekent geenszins dat er geen problemen meer zijn, integendeel. Het verleden galmt na in het heden, de verschillen tussen arm en rijk zijn enorm en de ‘integratie’ tussen blank en zwart verloopt moeizaam. Zuid-Afrika worstelt met “the pain and greatness of a troubled natio ...more
It's not often one hears of crime fiction from Africa that is written in a non-native language, although now that Afrikaans has been spoken in South Africa for close to 300 years, perhaps it is as native a tongue as any other. Deon Meyer is a successful author of thrillers set in that country, and he uses the medium to explore several unsavoury aspects of South African history. The nexus between the apartheid regime and the vastly influential military-industrial complex is reasonably well-known; ...more
Not a lot impresses Lemmer. He is a man carrying baggage from an abused childhood and more so from an unfair (he believes) stint in prison for manslaughter He is aloof and does not talk much – just goes about his business of protecting the lives of important people efficiently and with a minimum of fuss. And he does not get involved.
Lemmer has a number of laws that he tries to live by to stay out of trouble. One of his laws – never trust a small woman is challenged when he meets his latest clien
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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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