Three men who have nothing in common are found murdered in Cape Town, and the string of vicious killings pushes the city toward panic. Captain Mat Joubert is left scrambling for answers in a case that might be his last chance to prove that his life's slow spiral will not pull him under.
©2006 Deon Meyer (P)2012 HighBridge Company
"A gritty existential tale with enough muscle for thriller fans and noir aficionados alike.... A bold, character-driven page-turner" (Publishers Weekly)
Deon Meyer is a decent writer, and I like the fact that his books focus on a different person in the police department from one book to the next, yet still involve most of the subsequent co-workers in the storyline. The protagonist in this story carries the angst of loosing his wife in a murder while she was on the job, also as a police officer. As he tries to pull his life together he works out the clues to a tough case and faces a new and difficult boss. All of this with the backdrop of South African politics and culture. The book is fine, not great. It seems it takes a lot of lines of text to get from place to place in this book, nothing much happens for long stretches during which we are bludgeoned with the introspection of the main character. The ending as a bit of change up and so I will not spoil it here but it is worth the slog to get there.
If you like the genre, or are a Meyer fan go ahead with this one, but the story tends to be fairly grey for long stretches.
Recommended with caution
Captain Matt Joulbert of the Capetown Police heads an investigation trying to figure out why several men, with seemingly no connection, are being murdered in the same exact way. While some people think it is a serial killer, Matt doesn’t think so. He is searching for, and finally finds, a connection between the victims which leads to finding the murderer. This may be Matt’s last case to prove that he hasn’t lost his touch as a top investigator. His wife died two years ago while on duty, and his life has been in a downward spiral ever since. In this book he is finally going to a therapist who may be able to help him pull his life together. These books about South Africa and Capetown are for the current period of time. They give us great scenic descriptions of South Africa and are also good police procedurals.
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