Thirteen Hours (Benny Griessel, #2)
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Thirteen Hours (Benny Griessel #2)

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An unputdownable thriller from South Africa's #1-bestselling crime writer.
Some would call Detective Benny Griessel a legend. Others would call him a drunk.
Either way, he has trodden on too many toes over the years ever to reach the top of the promotion ladder, and now he concentrates on staying sober and mentoring the new generation of crime fighters -- mixed race, Xhosa...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Atlantic Monthly Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Dirk Grobbelaar

Thirteen Hours Review – Redux

I attended a Deon Meyer book signing this weekend and it played a big part in my decision to expand this review. At the time of writing this, Thirteen Hours is the only Meyer book I’ve read, but that is definitely about to change.

I’m not changing my rating, but I think some perspective is in order. South Africa is a country with eleven official languages, which should give you some idea of the cultural diversity. Why is this important? Meyer takes great snapshots of...more
this book is good and engaging and fun and informative. it has the mainstay-ish worn-out alcoholic cop and the mainstay-ish young female victim, but unlike in most american thrillers, the story is complicated by the interracial dynamics of post-apartheid south africa. also, the female victim (not the one they kill right at the beginning, the other one) totally kicks ass.

i didn't know many things about south africa and now i know some. they are pretty basic things, like that afrikaans is a langu...more
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I hadn't actually heard of this author, who writes in Afrikaans, until I heard him being interviewed on a BBC Radio Programme some months ago. I was intrigued by what he said and by the setting of his novels in Cape Town, one of the relatively few places in the world I have personally visited.

An initial synopsis of this novel makes it sound like "crime writing by the numbers". The lead character, Inspector Benny Griessel, is a middle-aged detective with a drink problem and marital troubles, and...more
switterbug (Betsey)
Afrikaner Deon Meyer's latest pulse-pounding thriller hits the ground running--literally. In Cape Town, South Africa, at six in the morning, an American teenage tourist is running for her life. Her best friend's throat was slit in front of her and she is bolting from the perpetrators' clutches. The story hits its stride early and swiftly as events unfold over thirteen-hours. Vicious outlaws and the snarl of conspiracy; Afrikaner, Xhosa, and Zulu crime-fighters; and crooners and corporate fleecer...more
Joyce Lagow

Africa enjoys a number of very fine mystery/police procedural/thriller writers. One of the best is Deon Meyer, writing in Afrikaans, who turns out exciting, fast-paced, well-written thrillers set in today’s South Africa.

His latest is 13 Hours, a sequel, in a way, to Devil’s Peak, whose events take place before this book. But it isn’t necessary to read Devil’s Peak before this book, although I recommend it as an outstanding book on its own.

Detective Bennie Griessel of the South African Police Ser...more
This is a sophisticated, well-written suspense story set in Cape Town, South Africa, though it might have been in any town but for the details. For those who like this genre, the author should be well known and loved. He writes so much better than many in the genre. The story details are well-researched and the plot flows along with natural dialogue, keeping the reader guessing at every turn, and there are many. The characters seem real; I know people who could step right into some of these role...more
Another super thriller that tested my powers of self-restraint from reading in less than 13 hours, as I wanted to savor it. Life and death struggle to find a missing girl. Two murders. The chief investigator, Griessel, is a familiar face struggling with personal demons. We are introduced to some new subordinates who are trying to figure out just who this burned out white guy in charge of them is. Lots of suspense and twists in this one-the motives are a complete surprise. Should be a movie just...more
Gareth R
I'm fortunate to live in Cape Town, but don't read much South African fiction due to the generally poor standard of such writing.

What a huge thrill, then, to watch the places of my town leap to life off the pages of 13 hours in Deon Meyer's sensational book.

I'd heard the rumours about Deon Meyer's books being of international quality, but was still skeptical - well I needn't have worried. A tight and and harrowing storyline, outstanding characters and Meyer's ability to set a world class book in...more
Na het lezen van Duivelspiek, het eerste boek met inspecteur Bennie Griessel, ben ik gelijk verder gegaan met het tweede boek 13 uur.
En dit was wederom een zeer prettige leeservaring! Deon Meyer is een enorm goede schrijver, alles wordt tot in detail beschreven alsof je er zelf bij bent en alle karakters zijn zeer overtuigend.
Het leuke en mooie van dit boek vond ik ook dat het zich afspeelt op 1 dag. Er wordt een jonge vrouw vermist, aan inspecteur Griessel de taak om haar terug te vinden, dit...more
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
"A Gripping Page Turner, A South African Nightmare"

This is the second Deon Meyer book I have read and like `Devil's Peak', `Thirteen Hours' is a real page-turner that gripped me from the first word, to the very last.

The clock is ticking from the word go, as thirteen hours is the deadline to solve the case of the American teenage tourist who is brutally murdered, the tension being heightened even more with the book being broken down into time-lined chapters, making me ultra aware of the passing o...more
One of the best crime novels I've ever read. Deon Meyer is in the same league as Peter Temple, Stieg Larsson and Michael Connolly, so if you enjoy these authors, I can highly recommend this book.
Sep 10, 2011 Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime lovers
Recommended to Michelle by: Carin Burger
Brilliant South African author. Book set in Cape Town with a detective that follows and solves a case over 13 Hours. Very gorey in parts but great plot
Leanne Hunt
My first Deon Meyer book, "Thirteen Hours" was a huge discovery for me. This author is well-loved among crime fiction readers but I was under the impression his stories were all action and no character exploration. I was wrong. The characters in this novel are sensitively portrayed in vivid detail, making it easy for the reader to relate to and sympathise with them.

I loved the fact that the story was set in Cape Town and used familiar locations such as streets, hospitals, police stations and nat...more
Goed, maar 'too much' naar mijn smaak. Recensie volgt.
Liz B
Amazingly good suspense by a South African writer (it is translated to English from Afrikaans). It starts with a terrified young woman fleeing pursuers, and the narrative moves between her, a the detective assigned to her case, and a few other characters. The shifting points of view (all third person) keep the suspense ratcheted up as we slowly discover why she is being pursued. Careful characterization made this novel hard to put down, and I was fascinated by the cultural and political aspects...more
I don't know why I've never read Deon Meyer before, perhaps because he writes in Afrikaans. but I'm so pleased to have discovered English translations, they've been out for a while of course. I am now slightly obsessed and have read five of his books in the last month. As a South African born author myself, I do find it hard reading about the old 'homeland' but understanding the politics and language only makes it a better read for me. The stories are gripping and the flawed heroes make the book...more
Unputdownable - check
Great characters - check
Super location - check
Another great read, baje dankie Deon Meyer. However, may a huge fan wax a little critical for once?
While it was impossible to put this down during the last 200 pages, it did leave traces of a bad taste in this reader's mouth: Was it perhaps a bit too much for once? Did we need to learn how at home Meyer is in the SA music business? Is it alright to bring in the huge scandal so very late (deus ex machina?)? How well founded is Rac...more
I was lucky enough to win a copy of Thirteen Hours through Goodreads, and I am glad that I did. This is the first book that I have read by Meyer, and I found it to be a good, exciting read with not one but two mysteries that kept me guessing. I was really surprised at the end to find at least one connection between the two. Meyer does a good job at developing his main character, Benny Griessel. The reader gets to see that Benny does have his demons (a drinking problem that caused his separation...more
Alweer het 9e buzzzboek van Crimezone en ik was een van de mazzelaars die het kreeg toegezonden. Het bleek een prima boek om over te buzzzen want de spanning begint al op de eerste pagina, een meisje dat rent voor haar leven en Inspecteur Griessel die wordt gewekt door de telefoon omdat er een vermoord meisje is gevonden.

De spanning die Deon Meyer in het begin van deze thriller opbouwt, verdwijnt niet meer. In tegendeel deze wordt alleen maar opgevoerd. Meyer weet op een ingenieuze manier de ve...more
Tyson Adams
This would be the first book I've read by a South African author. Well, aside from Bryce Courtenay. And of course Wilbur Smith. Can't forget that Tolkein was born in South Africa. Anyway, aside from those authors Deon Mayer is one of the first South African authors I have read. I did read Rhodes' biography as well...

Before I become too Monty Python (Ni!) I should say that Deon has served up a particularly good crime thriller. He wastes no time or space in this book, his writing mimics the tensio...more
Steve In Ludlow
Fast paced thriller which keeps several plotlines running and overlapping throughout.
Benny Griessel (a white cop mentoring a range of young up and coming detectives of different colours)has to keep lots of plates spinning including a marriage on the rocks, six months sobriety (being an alcoholic - like all good cops should be)and two difficult cases.
The story centres around the murder of one and disappearance of another American backpacker on their arrival in Cape Town. The second case is the...more
I got this book through First-Reads.

Thirteen Hours was a very intriguing read and forced me to really focus. The characters are well defined, great detail throughout the book, and the overall story was really good. Everything in this book takes place within a thirteen hour period. The book is a long read at 584 pages, and jam-packed.

I know literally nothing about South Africa, which is the setting of the story (Capetown), or the language. Although this book was translated from Afrikaans to Engl...more
Received this paperback for free through Goodreads First Reads. Was not familiar with Deon Meyer prior to this notification. Greatly impressed!
Enjoy the way several stories intertwine and actually surprise the reader.
I found the novel captivating. The characters come alive. Detective Griessel, deals with his own personal demons and family problems while solving crimes in Cape Town, South Africa. There is definitely a well thought out character profile in his many layers.
The suspense mounts the...more
Rob Kitchin
Thirteen Hours starts at a brisk pace and hurtles along to its tense conclusion. The journey, however, is not overly linear, with Meyer managing to create a layered, complex and compelling story consisting of two intersected plotlines. The contextualisation is excellent, particularly with respect to the dynamics and politics of the Afrikaans music industry and the South African police force, and the social geography of Cape Town. The characterisation is very nicely realised, especially Griesel a...more
Ann Collette
Multiple POV's and a structure broken down into specific time frames (i.e., from 05:36-07:00, 07:02-08:13, etc.) make this an incredibly impressive display of craftsmanship from this South African writer. A young American girl is found with her throat slashed open in a churchyard in Cape Town; homicide detective and recovering alcoholic Benny Griessel is charged with overseeing the case, along with another murder of a middle aged music industry executive. It turns out the American teenager wasn'...more
Paige Turner
Inspector Benny Griessel is one of the few white detectives left in the South African Police Force. The end of apartheid and affirmative action have meant that most have left, but Benny is one of the few who have stayed on in the new South Africa. His superiors know he is a good copper but he is still combating the after effects of alcoholism and his latest job is to mentor some of the forces youngest and brightest detectives and their cases. It is lucky for SAPS that Benny is still around, beca...more
Kathleen Hagen
Thirteen Hours, by Deon Meyer, A-minus, narrated by Simon Vance, produced by Highbridge Audio, downloaded from

Another in the series from South Africa. Benny is a cop with much experience, but who also has rubbed many superiors the wrong way. Benny is also an alcoholic, whose wife threw him out and said he had to stay sober for six months before he could come back. He has almost reached his sixth month of sobriety. In the meantime, he is given several new cops to mentor. And two cases...more
Sometimes you know when you read the first page of a book that it’s going to be a great read. Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer is just that—a thrilling police procedural that is difficult to put down.

The story opens with Rachel Anderson, an American teenager, running for her life down the streets of Cape Town, South Africa, chased by five men who have just slit the throat of her best friend, Erin Russel. How did their backpacking trip of a lifetime all go so wrong? Detective Inspector Benny Griessel...more
Zeer goede misdaadroman: spanning rond twee moordzaken en een meisje dat koste wat het kost moet worden teruggevonden, voor de hand liggende verdachten en motieven die niet blijken te kloppen, psychologische uitdieping van het hoofdpersonage en een indringende benadering van het huidige Zuid-Afrika.
Tot op de minuut uitgerekend bedraagt de verteltijd in Deon Meyers roman dertien uur: van 05.36 uur 's morgens, wanneer een jonge Amerikaanse de helling op de Leeuwenkop bij Kaapstad op rent, terwijl...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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