Devil's Peak : Benny Griessel

  • by Deon Meyer
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: Benny Griessel
  • 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 Inspector Benny Griessel faces off against a dangerous vigilante who has everything on his side, including public sympathy.
A gruesome abuse case has hit the newsstands, and one man has taken it upon himself to stand up for the children of Cape Town. When the accused is found stabbed through the heart by spear, it's only the beginning of a string of bloody murders - and of a dangerous dilemma for detective Griessel. The detective is always just one step behind as someone slays the city's killers.
But the paths of Griessel and the avenger collide when a young prostitute lures them both into a dangerous plan - and the two find themselves with a heart-stopping problem that no system of justice could ever make right.

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What the Critics Say

“Complex, finely wrought characters, keen psychological insight, and a compelling plot.... Easily Meyer’s finest effort to date.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Excellent

This was my first Deon Meyer, downloaded based on the review of a reader I follow. At first, I thought this was going to be just another police procedural. It turned out to be much more than I expected. The characters are great and the plot really takes off. With twists I never saw coming but which made total sense once revealed. Immediately downloaded the second book in the series. (Simon Vance, as always, is excellent.)
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- cristina

Exceptional storytelling

It’s difficult to find mysteries/procedurals anymore that have something unique to offer. Down-and-out detectives dragging their emotional baggage with them throughout an investigation populated with stock characters and predictable twists have made me a somewhat jaded but still loyal mystery reader. And then I found Devils Peak. This still has some of the standard elements mentioned above, but the difference is in the quality of the story telling.

Told from the POV of 3 primary characters, none of them in first person (thank goodness – so tired of that format), Meyer unfolds the narrative slowly, almost teasingly, with great respect for character development and a compelling story line. Braiding the three plot-lines together is intricate but easily followed, each segment feeding the next, resulting in finely drawn suspense and anticipation keeping the audible pages turning compulsively. The tone is somewhat dark and gritty, reminding me in style (but not plot) of Adrian McKinty. So be prepared for a significant level of strong language and violence, none of which is gratuitous for this genre. The trajectory of the tale and its resolution remain true to character, leaving me with a satisfied sense of closure at the end, and a strong affection for Benny Griessel.

Simon Vance’s reading is smooth and assured through some complicated names. I have no way of judging the accuracy of his pronunciations, but can say that his ability to give individual voice to all characters regardless of gender or accent enhanced the enjoyment of the listen. Although I don’t often commit to series (they quickly become formulaic) I am likely to make an exception in this case.
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- Janice "Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-31-2012
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books