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Blood Safari by Deon Meyer
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Feb 07, 15

bookshelves: africa, crime, thrillers
Read from September 30 to November 04, 2010

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 want Emma asking questions. After the pair are attacked and almost killed, Lemmer decides to turn the tables, and go after whoever has been hunting them.

Meyer pens an absorbing and exciting story filled with intriguing characters, and some interesting African themes (the environment, history and politics) threaded throughout. There is plenty of intrigue and Meyer nicely evokes a sense of the layers and complexity of both modern South Africa, and the natural environment.

An enjoyable and gritty mystery in an exotic setting.
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