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Publisher's Summary

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, and Zulu. But when an American backpacker disappears in Capetown, panicked politicians know who to call: Benny has just 13 hours to save the girl, save his career - and crack open a conspiracy which threatens the whole country.
©2008 Original material © 2008 Deon Meyer. Translation © 2009 K. L. Seegers. Recorded by arrangement with Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic, Inc. (P)2010 (p) 2010 HighBridge Company
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Critic Reviews

“Best-selling South African novelist Meyer delivers another exciting if brutally violent crime novel.... Meyer also steeps his novel in the day-to-day life of a country still reeling in the wake of radical transition.” (Booklist)
“With... cliff-hanging suspense, and shocking plot twists, Meyer again has produced a winner. Highly recommended.” (Library Journal)
“Deon Meyer is one of the unsung masters. Thirteen Hours proves he should be on everyone’s reading list. This book is great!” (Michael Connelly)
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By Dennis on 10-22-11

A window into urban Africa

I enjoyed the dialog in this story, learned a bit about the culture in South Africa and was brought on an exciting ride as the drama played out in this crime story. At times I felt that the character develpment became drawn out, but in the end I think I appreciated it. The story is built along believable lines and events were described well and brought the reader into the complicated world of the detective, who is heroic without being superenatural in any way. The dialog is well done and after a wihile you begin to enjoy the banter with all the local slang that is expressed between the seperate South African cultural factions.

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By Eva Towner on 04-22-15

Amazing performance!

Story was interesting, especially if you know Cape Town well. Deon Meyer's narration of the many characters is incredibly well done and keeps you "turning the pages".

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