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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
Paperback, 428 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by Aufbau (first published 2004)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
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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Annabee
Tot halverwege dacht ik dit boek te waarderen met vier sterren, maar het werd zó goed dat het er vijf zijn geworden.
Robyn
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
Maddy
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
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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Rob Kitchin
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
Sifra (brilliant bookshelf)
It has been a while since I’ve read a book as brilliant as this literary thriller. It exceeded my expectations in every way and I regret that I left it unopened on my bookshelf for so long!

Having read many thrillers in the past, I know what to expect: usually a thrilling, murder of some sort, but written in a style which one can call average and characters with very little development. I don’t read them in order to be stunned by the writing, but only because the plot interests me.

However, Devi
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Amy
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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!
Michelle
Sep 10, 2011 Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime lovers
Recommended to Michelle by: Carin Burger
My favourite of all the Deon Meyer books. Brilliant plot by a mastermind that unravels as you read.
Jaco Prinsloo
Bennie Griessel......what a legend!
Julischka
Thobela, eine ehemaliger Freiheitskämpfer, macht mit seinem Ziehsohn Pakamile einen Ausflug. An einer Tankstelle werden die beiden in einen Überfall verwickelt und Pakamile wird getötet.
Die beiden Räuber können schnell gefaßt werden, aber durch den korrupten südafrikanischen Polizeiapparat, gelingt ihnen die Flucht.
Thobela ist geschockt von so viel Ungerechtigkeit und wird zum Rächer der misshandelten und getöteten Kinder Südafrikas.
Die Fälle seiner Rachemorde landen auf dem Schreibtisch von Det
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Bree T
Benny Griessel is an alcoholic. Not just a too-many-drinks-after-work every night sort of alcoholic. Not a bottle-of-red-with-dinner-every-night alcoholic either. But a drinking-during-the-day-at-work and every night until he passes out sort of alcoholic. A shoving around the wife and having to be helped drunkenly to the couch by his teenage son sort of alcoholic. And then the shoving around of the wife turns into whacking her one.

Benny’s wife Anna decides she’s had enough and for her sake and t
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Jetty
Eerder al las ik "13 uur" van Deon Meyer. Dat was een geweldig boek dus mijn verwachtingen voor dit boek waren hooggespannen, en terecht want ook dit is weer een juweeltje. Zo jammer dat ik dit boek niet eerder ontdekt heb, had hem graag voor "13 uur" willen lezen.

In Duivelspiek maken we echt kennis met Bennie Griessel, inspecteur bij de politie, getrouwd, vader van twee kinderen en alcoholist. Hij wordt door zijn vrouw het huis uitgezet met de mededeling dat hij zes maanden de tijd heeft om te
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Ingrid Verschelling
Als je een blik wil werpen in het nieuwe Zuid- Afrika, met zijn problemen en corruptie, dan is Deon Meyer de schrijver, die je moet hebben. Hij is een verhalenverteller pur sang. Hij combineert maatschappijkritiek met snelle acties, zodat zijn boeken uniek zijn.
Uitgeverij Bruna geeft Deon Meyer een derde kans met zijn boeken in Nederlandse vertaling. De eerste uitgeverij ging failliet en bij de tweede liep het gewoon niet. Echt ongelooflijk, want het eerste boek wat ik nu gelezen heb, Duivelspie
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Ingrid Verschelling
Als je een blik wil werpen in het nieuwe Zuid- Afrika, met zijn problemen en corruptie, dan is Deon Meyer de schrijver, die je moet hebben. Hij is een verhalenverteller pur sang. Hij combineert maatschappijkritiek met snelle acties, zodat zijn boeken uniek zijn.
Uitgeverij Bruna geeft Deon Meyer een derde kans met zijn boeken in Nederlandse vertaling. De eerste uitgeverij ging failliet en bij de tweede liep het gewoon niet. Echt ongelooflijk, want het eerste boek wat ik nu gelezen heb, Duivelspie
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Jean Hontz

First of a series taking place in South Africa. A struggling alcoholic detective is on the trail of a serial killer who targets child abusers. Bad enough his life is a mess, and he’s fighting off the draw of the booze, but then suddenly the search gets personal.


Quite good for a first in series. I’ll try to continue this one.



Generally speaking, I'm not a fan of struggling alcoholic cops, but the setting and cultural aspects of this were intriguing and different.
Brian Stoddart
Deon Meyer is a leading South African crime fiction writer, and in this first of s aseries establishes a commanding view of South African landscape and conditions alike. It is a place with a troubled history that befits a troubled, alcoholic cop who is the prime figure.

The plot is simple enough but the storyline is intricate, in places perhap too intricate for some readers. But the characters are convincing and quite well drawn, and they are put into situations that test them.
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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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