Deon Meyer's engrossing South African thriller pits Detective Benny Griessel against a mystery that unravels like the threads of a complex tapestry. Griessel and his team must work quickly to identify and locate a young woman on the run before she is murdered by her unknown pursuers. Meanwhile, he has been brought into a second murder case, and is struggling to act as a mentor to a handful of police officers who don't necessarily want his guidance.
As the title suggests, the action takes place within the short space of thirteen hours, broken into short sections. In each section, Meyer describes events that are occurring simultaneously, jumping rapidly between scenes. He handles the transitions deftly so they liven the narrative but still feel clear and natural. This structure allows the reader to keep pace with the investigators' gradual discovery of the truth. Although there ...
A note on the series: This is the second of Meyer's novels featuring Inspector Griessel, but you do not need to have read the first novel (Devil's Peak) in order to enjoy this one.
Deon Meyer's latest novel, Trackers, just published in September 2011
Biography and bibliography of Deon Meyer.
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