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Cobra | [Deon Meyer]

Cobra

Why would a mathematics professor from Cambridge University, renting a holiday home outside Cape Town, require a false identity and three bodyguards? And where is he, now that they are dead? The only clue to the bodyguards' murder is the snake engraved on the shell casings of the bullets that killed them. Investigating the massacre, Benny Griessel and his team find themselves being drawn into an international conspiracy with shocking implications.
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Publisher's Summary

Why would a mathematics professor from Cambridge University, renting a holiday home outside Cape Town, require a false identity and three bodyguards? And where is he, now that they are dead? The only clue to the bodyguards' murder is the snake engraved on the shell casings of the bullets that killed them.

Investigating the massacre, Benny Griessel and his team find themselves being drawn into an international conspiracy with shocking implications. It seems it is not just the terrorists and criminals of Britain and South Africa who may fear the Professor's work, but the politicians too.

As the body count begins to spiral viciously, Benny must put his new-found love life aside and focus on finding the one person who could give him a break in the case: a teenage pickpocket on the run in the city. But Benny is not the only person hunting for Tyrone Kleinbooi...

Relentlessly suspenseful, topical, hard-hitting and richly rewarding, Cobra is a superb novel from an author who is acclaimed around the world as a brilliant voice in crime fiction.

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©2014 Deon Meyer; English translation © K. L. Seegers. Originally published in Afrikaans in 2013 as Kobra by Human & Rousseau. (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton

What the Critics Say

"South Africa is the new Scandinavia when it comes to crime writing, and Deon Meyer 'pulls the reader into the melee of modern South Africa . . . tells a cracking story and captures the criminal kaleidoscope of a nation' "(Times Literary Supplement)
"Each new thriller from 'one of the very best crime fiction authors in the world today' (Eurocrime) plunges you into a 'maelstrom of murder investigation, political corruption, racial tension . . . Deon Meyer is a top notch plotter and has created one of the best ensemble (and multi-racial) casts of any modern police procedural series'" (Shots)

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    What did you love best about Cobra?

    Deon Meyer Saul Reichlin,Unbelievable , go together like Jo Nesbo and Sean Barret .
    Great story .


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cobra?

    The Boy And his Hard earned spoils


    What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

    One of the best in the business .


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    persistance , justice, and dont you love our politicians and BANKS


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    Susan eversdal, South Africa 08-05-14
    Susan eversdal, South Africa 08-05-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Well written and well read"

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to.

    South African accents are really hard to replicate, especially those of the various groups within the country. Saul Reichlin absolutely nails it!

    Deon Meyer is one of the best thriller writers around and he does not disappoint. I can unreservedly recommend this audiobook

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    Jack Castleisland, Ireland 02-22-15
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    As I write it is over two weeks since I finished this audio book. While it may say more about my memory, I remember little of this book. In saying that, it kept me listening until the end. Good narration and accents made the story, otherwise I would have switched off.

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    antonio genthod, Switzerland 10-10-14
    antonio genthod, Switzerland 10-10-14 Member Since 2011

    A man's got to do what a man's got to do..

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    "Deon Meyer can play in the top league........"

    A very complex plot set in the South Africa , a vibrant country full of contrasts and charms. Deon Meyer delivers yet a very readable and enjoyable book. Having been a fan of Deon Meyer from his beginning, i have however a couple of criticisms to make. First, it seems that too much emphasis is made on keeping the story moving fast ,upbeat, at all the time tense. Second, Meyer seems to focus more on engineering a complex and articulated plot than on developing the characters. The first Meyer's books were perhaps slow moving , but the reader would enter into the atmosphere of the country and the depth of the characters. This is what am looking for (even in a thriller book) and , ultimately, what makes the difference between a "good" and a "great" book.

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    Well paced and interesting story, a real pleasure too listen too. Excellent characters and excellent narration.

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