From the book jacket:
An antiques dealer in Cape Town is found dead, killed execution-style with a single shot to the back of the head. The contents of his safe are missing, suggesting robbery, but the weapon used in the killing is an M16-a gun that's generally the choice of mercenaries, not burglars.
Zed van Heerden is a former police office with connections to the world of soldiers and mercenary fighters from South Africa's battles for independence. When he's called in to find out more about the victim, he quickly learns that this man in his fifties has no traces of a life earlier than 1983. Who was Johannes Jacobus Smit, and how did he invent a new life for himself out of nothing? What are the secrets that might have gotten him killed?
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Beyond the Book
Deon Meyer was born in the South African town of Paarl in the wine
region of the Western Cape in 1958, and grew up in Klerksdorp, in the gold
mining region of Northwest Provence. After military duty and studying at the
Potchefstroom University, he joined Die Volksblad, a daily newspaper in
Bloemfontein as a reporter. Since those heady days, he has worked as press
liaison, advertising copywriter, creative director, web manager, Internet
strategist, and brand consultant.
In 1994 he published his first Afrikaans novel, which has not been translated.
All later novels have been translated into several languages, including English,
Dutch, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Bulgarian. He lives in
Melkbosstrand on the South African West Coast with...