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Dead at Daybreak

by Deon Meyer

Dead at Daybreak
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  • First Published:
    Aug 2005, 384 pages
    Paperback:
    May 2006, 496 pages

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'A remarkable achievement from a singular new talent'. Thriller

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?

Comment: 'A breathtaking pace, heart-pounding action set against a psychological backdrop, and a fascinating protagonist make ...

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