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Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer
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Jun 20, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: crime
Read in June, 2012

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 murder of a music exec found shot at the side of his drunken wife.
The writing is tight - Deon Meyer can do action well, the characters are quite well drawn even allowing for cliches and the South African politics around positive discrimination provide an interesting backdrop to the unfolding story. Its not as simple as black, white or coloured but also includes tribal origins and it feels authentic. Finally, the setting in the posher bits of Cape Town comes over well and provides a strong sense of place.
At the end of it you will want to know what happens to some of the characters next as Meyer ties up much of the plot but leaves a number of other elements hanging. Good stuff

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